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IFT13 is in Full Swing in Chicago

By Michael McBurney

Top food professionals, from almost every sector (63% industry, 21% academia, 55 government, 11% other) are meeting in Chicago for 3 days of intensive sharing of insights into the latest scientific developments, newest innovations, and hottest food trends.

The meeting began with opening remarks by Dr Fareed Zakaria,@FareedZakaria, from CNN . He began talking about gloom (as captured here by Ted Wells @theodorewells), moved on to emphasize past successes in tripling the number of companies with growing economies (as tweeted by @JSirangelo), and ended with a note of optimism captured in 140 characters by @SarahSalbu “The challenges we are going to face is a result of growth – if we approach as we have in the past we will find solutions #IFT13”. It was a powerful transition.

Today, the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo continues with many exciting sessions. Two in particular are:

Session 120, Room N427ab, 10:30-12:00

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Updates: Brain and Cardiovascular Health

  • Moderator: M McBurney, DSM Nutritional Products (@MIMcBurney)
  • B Holub, University of Guelph, “Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Anti-inflammatory Effects and Cardiovascular Support”
  • A Richardson, University of Oxford, “The Importance of Omega-3 DHA for Children’s Behaviourial and Cognitive Development”
  • A Ismail, Global Organization for EPA/DHA Omega-3s (GOED), “Implications of Omega-3 Supplement and Pharmaceutical Growth for Food Companies”

Session 187, Room N427cd

Diet, Mental Energy, and Mental Well-being: A Landscape Overview of the Science and Consumer Perception

  • Moderator: D Rai, DSM Nutritional Products
  • R Markus, University of Maastricht, “Food, the Brain and Stress Resilience”
  • B Kaplan, University of Calgary, “The Role of Nutrition in Mental Health”
  • C Geiger, University of Utah, “Consumer Perceptions of Mental Energy”

If you want to experience a day in the life of a food scientist, watch this inspiring IFT video: Day in the Life of a Food Scientist. And if you ever doubt the importance of the food industry in nourishing you, your family, and your friends, watch this video of A World without Food Science. –mm-