With EB 2011 rapidly approaching, Nutrition Notes caught
up with Doug Burrin, Chair of ASN's Scientific Programs
Committee, to get his insider perspective on ASN's 2011
Scientific Sessions & Annual Meeting and what you should note
when planning your daily schedules.
What approved sessions for EB 2011 have really caught your attention?
Doug: A central theme among many of the ASN symposia this year is global nutrition and childhood development. The Presidential Symposium will highlight the issue of global micronutrient deficiency and the recent progress on genetically modified crop food production. Two other sessions will examine the impact of global micronutrient deficiency on childhood growth and infection and strategies for food biofortification. Important emerging themes in childhood obesity to be examined include the role of neuroscience and how approaches such as brain imaging are being used to study feeding behavior development. Another session will focus on how maternal obesity impacts the long term obesity risk in offspring and will feature presentations on the recent epidemiology and novel findings from innovative experimental models.
What about the late-breaking sessions that were approved- any standouts there?
Doug: Among the late-breaking topics, one session will highlight a newly announced program designed improve the health and sustainability of the federal food procurement systems. This session will include presentations on what defines sustainable food and the greening of the food service industry. Another session will review the new calcium and vitamin D recommendations from the Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board.
In addition, ASN's program will introduce a new feature called the “Education Track” that will be programmed in a designated venue and will include sessions sponsored by GPEC and the Student Interest Group. A session with broad ASN support will address the topic of ethics in nutrition research.
Are there any controversy sessions that could stir things up?
Doug:Yes, we have two provocative themes among the controversy sessions. One is focused on evidence-based methodology and whether this is useful for establishing nutrition guidelines and policy. The other theme will examine the nutritional evidence and challenge the current recommendations about dietary fat/cholesterol and cardiovascular risk.
How are sessions reviewed and scheduled?
Doug: Once submitted, symposia are reviewed by the Scientific Programs Committee and theSymposium Advisory Committee over a series of conference calls. For the latebreaking category, we have a later deadline of Sept. 1. The latebreaking designation is reserved for symposia related to current events and nutrition topics in the news. One of the ways we encourage brainstorming of sessions is through the Research Interest Sections (RIS). If you are a member of a RIS, we encourage you to interact with your chair and put together proposals that can be filtered through the RIS. There are also minisymposia organized by RIS chairs. You can submit a workshop idea or research controversy, where you help plan a session on a topic with two speakers representing different sides of a controversial topic. These are submitted as 15 minute talks.
How do you think being in the nation's capital will affect this Annual Meeting?
Doug: ASN is looking forward to hosting this year's EB 2011 in Washington DC, as it is likely to attract attendance and participation from numerous officials from key federal agencies that influence ASN and the science of nutrition. I encourage you to make travel plans today for the 2011 meeting!
Excerpted from December 2010