Hot Topics Symposia


These sessions will feature global discussions on matters that affect the future of our industries, and expand beyond the science to address how current, critical issues impact the business of fats and oils. 


Saturated Fat in the Diet: Where Do Formulators Go From Here?

May 4, 2015 | 8:15–11:00 am

Organizers: Carol J. Lammi-Keefe, Louisiana State University, USA; and Neil Widlak, Retired USDA, USA


For decades, the food industry has put considerable effort into formulating and developing foods that are low in total fat and saturated fat.  This made sense in light of US dietary guidelines recommending that people limit their consumption of saturated fat to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. However, recent science-based evidence questions the association between saturated fats and coronary heart disease. Because of these questions, food formulators and researchers wonder if reducing total dietary fat in general and saturated fat in particular should still be a priority.
To examine current thinking on dietary fats, three prominent researchers will review and discuss the most recent epidemiological and clinical evidence.


8:15 am   Opening Remarks.
8:20 am   Evolving Evidence on the Role of Dietary Saturated Fat Intake and Heart Disease Prevention.
Peter J. Huth, PJH Nutrition Science, LLC, USA
8:40 am     Saturated Fat and Risk of Heart Disease: Optimizing Types of Fat Rather Than Reducing Total Fat.
Frank Hu, Harvard School of Public Health, USA
9:10 am   Where Are We With Diet and Heart Disease Prevention?
Ernst Schaefer, Tufts University, USA 
9:40 am    Networking Break.
10:20 am    Moderated Panel Q & A.  



Outlook on Healthy Oils: New Policies, Functions, and Innovations

May 4, 2015 | 8:15–11:20 am

Organizer: Patricia Kearney, PMK Associates, Inc., USA


The applications landscape for healthier oils is changing rapidly and it is vital for product developers to understand the drivers shaping the future marketplace. Fats and oils comprise about one third of our daily calories and expectations are growing that products will be able to optimize functionality, both in the human body and in the product. Emerging science on specific fatty acids is showing new health benefits and new generation oils and processes are making product improvements possible that will comply with upcoming regulatory requirements on trans and saturated fats and labeling issues. In addition, both scientists and non-scientists need to understand the larger implications of the science report for the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines that will address larger scope issues such as the sustainability of the world's food supply as well as nutrition.


8:15 am   Opening Remarks.
8:25 am  

A New Nutritional View of Fatty Acids.
Peter Jones, University of Manitoba, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, Canada

8:50 am   

Healthier Oils: New Tools for the Trade.
Michelle Peitz, ADM, USA

9:15 am  

Targeted Solutions with New Generation Oils.
Roger Daniels, Stratas Foods, USA

9:40 am   Networking Break.
10:20 am  

Patricia Kearney, PMK Associates, Inc., USA

10:45 am  

Innovation Provides the Pathway to Sustainability.
David Dzisiak, Dow AgroSciences, USA 

11:10 am    Moderated Panel Q & A.



Research on Fatty Acids in Human Health and Function

May 4, 2015 | 8:15–10:40 am 

Organizer: Richard Sharpee, Natural Health Research Institute, USA


This session has a strong focus and rationale representing some of the most exciting contemporary topics. These will focus on human health and function as modified by a family of omega-3 fatty acids. Speakers will address how omega-3 fatty acids remain the cornerstone of health; further supported by research showing how diet and lifestyle affect lipoprotein balance in the body and how an imbalance affects heart health as well as neurocognitive function.  New research will discuss the importance of ketone metabolism, especially acetate in health.


8:15 am   Opening Remarks.
8:20 am   Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Crisis and Opportunity. 
Bruce Holub, University of Guelph, Canada
8:40 am     Personalized Diet and Lifestyle Interventions on Lipids and Lipoproteins. 
Lu Qi, Harvard School of Public Health, USA
9:00 am   Fatty Acids: Role in Heart Disease Prevention. 
Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Columbia University, USA
9:20 am    Role of Dietary Fatty Acids in Mood Disorders and Neurocognitive Function.
Robert McNamara, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, USA
9:40 am    Networking Break.
10:20 am      Acetate: Metabolism of the Forgotten Ketone Body. 
Aryan Namboodiri, Uniformed Services University Health Sciences, USA



High Time for Higher Standards: Cannabis is Creating New Opportunities!

May 4, 2015 | 8:15–11:20 am 

Organizer: Cynthia Ludwig, AOCS, USA


In the last five years the Cannabis market has exploded. Around 23 states have legalized some form of medical marijuana and another four have approved it for recreational use. Never has there been a new drug or ingredient ‘approved' with less research and fewer regulations in analytical testing, and safety aspects. From money and banking issues to the need for Official Methods - the industry is like the Wild West right now.


Speakers at this session will share information about what is in Cannabis and its medical values, how to get the active ingredients safely and efficiently out of the plant material, analytical methods for improving quality control and lab certification best practices.


8:15 am   Opening Remarks.
8:20 am   Chemical Constituents of Cannabis and Their Pharmacological Relevance. 
Josh Wurzer, SC Labs, USA
8:40 am     Optimizing Extraction of Essential Oils from Cannabis.
John MacKay, Waters, USA
9:00 am   Improving Quality Control Methods for Cannabis using Flash Chromatography.
Melissa Wilcox, Grace Materials Technologies, USA
9:20 am   Challenges of a Marijuana Testing Laboratory.
Susan Audino, S.A. Audino & Associates, USA
9:40 am    Networking Break.
10:20 am      The Tower of Babel: State Regulations for Cannabis Testing.
Sanford Wolgel, Cannabistry Labs, USA
10:40 am   Moderated Panel Q & A.



Combating Scientific Misinformation Through Scientific Activism

May 4, 2015 | 8:15–11:20 am 

Organized by: Inform Magazine


From GMOs to endocrine disruptors, scientific misinformation on the internet and social media is misleading the public and causing problems for companies across all industries, such as declining sales, restricted use of perfectly safe ingredients, and more. Such misinformation takes hold because misinformed and fear-mongering groups are savvy about using electronic media to influence public opinion, and scientists often are not. Speakers at this session will share best practices in communicating scientific accuracy on individual, small company, large company, and non-profit or trade group levels.


8:15 am   Opening Remarks.
8:20 am   Life Outside the Lab—Communicating Chemistry to the Public. 
Perry Romanowski, Society of Cosmetic Chemists/Element 44 Inc., USA
9:00 am   Finding Your Voice in Social Media.
Aimee Hood, Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs, Monsanto, USA
9:40 am   Networking Break.
10:20 am   Fighting Misinformation: Tips for Activists.
Stephen Barrett, Quack Watch, USA
11:20 am   Moderated Panel Q & A.



The Challenges and Rewards of the Mentoring Relationship in Academia and Industry

Young Professionals' and Professional Educators’ Common Interest Group (CIG) Session

May 4, 2015 | 8:15–11:20 am

Organizers: Douglas G. Hayes, University of Tennessee, USA; and Utkarsh M. Shah, Hershey Co., USA


This session will highlight the mentoring partnership in academia and industry from the mentor and mentee point-of-view. Attendees will learn about how to mentor, how to find a mentor, and the values generated by both groups.


8:15 am   Welcome and Announcements.
8:20 am   The Role of an Academic Mentor.
Michael Eskin, University of Manitoba, Canada
8:45 am   Finding a Good Mentor: Transition into the Academic Life.
Nuria Acevedo, Iowa State University, USA
9:15 am   Challenges of an Industrial Mentor.
Rick Della Porta, Frito-Lay R&D, USA
9:40 am   Networking Break.
10:20 am   Fundamentals of Being Mentored.
Chelsey Castrodale, ADM Cocoa, USA
10:50 am   Panel Discussion.




Lipid-binding Proteins: Fatty Acid Metabolism, Trafficking, and Signaling from Gut to Brain

Lipids 50th Volume Symposium 

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May 4, 2015 | 8:10–11:00 am


Organizer: Eric J. Murphy, Lipids Editor-in-Chief, University of North Dakota, USA


The 50th Volume of Lipids begins with the January 2015 issue. To celebrate this important landmark, AOCS is hosting a symposium focusing on the role of fatty acid binding proteins and other lipid binding proteins on fatty acid trafficking and signaling with an emphasis on overall lipid metabolism.


8:10 am   Role of Fatty Acid Binding Proteins in Intestinal Lipid Absorption.
Judy Storch, Rutgers University, USA
9:00 am   Role of Liver Fatty Acid Binding Protein in Gene Expression and NASH.
Friedhelm Schroeder, Texas A&M University, USA
9:40 am   Networking Break.
10:20 am   Lipid-binding Proteins in the Brain: Role in Lipid Trafficking and Downstream Role in Neurodegenerative Diseases.
Eric J. Murphy, Lipids Editor-in-Chief, University of North Dakota, USA


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