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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, MEd, RD, President, 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, PhD, 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  

Outlook on New Dietary Guidelines and Regulatory Policy.
Barbara Schneeman, PhD, RD, UC Davis, (Formerly FDA), 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, PhD, President, 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, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, Canada
8:40 am     Personalized Diet and Lifestyle Interventions on Lipids and Lipoproteins. 
Lu Qi, PhD, Associate Professor, Harvard School of Public Health, USA
9:00 am   Fatty Acids: Role in Heart Disease Prevention. 
Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, Assistant Professor, Columbia University, USA
9:20 am    Role of Dietary Fatty Acids in Mood Disorders and Neurocognitive Function.
Robert McNamara, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, USA
9:40 am    Networking Break 
10:20 am      Acetate: Metabolism of the Forgotten Ketone Body. 
Aryan Namboodiri, PhD, Research Professor, Uniformed Services University Health Sciences, USA



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