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A Taste of ASN’s Scientific Sessions & Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2014

A Taste of ASN’s Scientific Sessions & Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2014

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Posted on 04/22/2014 at 12:57:47 PM by Suzanne Price
By Meghan Johnson, MPH

The American Society for Nutrition's Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2014 is fast approaching! This year's conference, hosted in San Diego, will explore some of today's most controversial and timely topics in nutrition science—from energy drinks to food addiction to how to healthfully sustain a burgeoning global population. Keep reading to learn more about what the conference has in store.

It's hard to miss the proliferation of brightly colored energy drink bottles that have taken over supermarket and convenience store shelves nationwide. On Saturday, April 26, a panel of researchers will discuss the potential health risks associated with consuming energy drinks, particularly for children and those who mix them with alcohol. Don't miss the lively discussion—Energy Drinks: Current Knowledge and Critical Research Gaps.

It is no secret that the media often distort scientific findings in pursuit of the perfect headline. And the validity of nutrition studies can be called into question when financial or industry conflicts of interest arise. Learn more about the various ways scientific research can be misconstrued (and how to prevent it) during Unscientific Beliefs about Scientific Topics in Nutrition on Sunday, April 27.

In 2013, the American Medical Association defined obesity as a disease, raising a host of questions from nutrition professionals. For example, if obesity is a disease like alcoholism, does that mean that some foods act like a drug? James O. Hill, PhD of the University of Colorado will moderate a panel, Neurocognition: The Food-Brain Connection, debating this idea and others on Monday, April 28.

It is hard to imagine that with all the diet plans, pills, books, and theories on the market, there could still be novel approaches to maintaining or losing weight. Five panelists will prove that science has not yet exhausted its approaches to combat expanding waistlines at Tuesday's Modifying Eating Behavior: Novel Approaches for Reducing Body Weight session.

As the effects of climate change become increasingly evident on the evening news, the conversation has shifted from which foods make up a healthy diet, to which food makes up a healthy diet that can sustain a rising global population. Before the conference wraps up, don't miss an exploration of the challenges of producing a sustainable diet during Sustainable Diets for Healthy People, Healthy Planet.

Now that you've had a taste of a few of the exciting sessions to come, view the full conference line up.

If you can't attend the conference, you can stay connected by following the ASN blog, which will feature live entries from ASN members David Despain and Colby Vorland, as well as the ASN YouTube channel, where ASN members Barbara Lyle and Emily Tomayko will upload live videos from San Diego. Be sure to follow @nutritionorg and #XBio on Twitter during the meeting for real-time coverage!