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Hot Topics Symposia


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

May 4, 2015 | 8:15–10:40 am

Organizers: Carol Lammi-Keefe, Louisiana State University, USA; and Neil Widlak, 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, we have asked three prominent researchers—Dr. Ernst Schaefer of Tufts University, Dr. Frank Hu of Harvard, and Dr. Peter Huth, formerly of Kraft Foods Research—to review and discuss the most recent epidemiological and clinical evidence.



Outlook on Healthy Oils: New Policies, Functions and Innovations

May 4, 2015 | 8:15–10:40 am

Organizer: Patricia Kearney, MEd, RD, President & CEO, PMK Associates, Inc., USA


Session description and speaker information will be added as they are available.



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


This session “Research on Fatty Acids in Human Health and Function 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.


Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Crisis & Opportunity
Bruce Holub, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of Health & Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph, Canada


Personalized Diet & Lifestyle Interventions on Lipids & Lipoproteins
Lu Qi, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, USA


Fatty Acids: Role in Heart Disease Prevention
Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, Assistant Professor, Columbia University, USA


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


Acetate: Metabolism of the Forgotten Ketone Body
Aryan Namboodiri, PhD, Research Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology & Genetics, Uniformed Services University Health Sciences, USA



Submission Information

Interested in organizing a Hot Topic session?  Submit as early as possible for optimal consideration during the review process.  Submissions will be accepted until March 6, 2015


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