What we do
- by organizing regular symposia at international scientific conferences
- by publishing the outcome of these symposia in scientific journals
- through masterclasses
- through various digital activities such as our website, our regular newsletter and by reaching to professional associations.
IEM international eventsAll the proceedings and publications can be found in the library section of this website.
November 2015: SAFA Expert Meeting. Leiden, The Netherlands.A workshop with experts aimed to assess the scientific state of the art on the effect of saturated fatty acid consumption on the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke has taken place on November 5 and 6 2015 in Leiden, Netherlands.
This expert meeting consisted in a one-and-a-half day workshop with invited key experts in the field of saturated fatty acids (SAFA) and health.
The scientific programme of this meeting was set up by the scientific advisory committee composed of:
- Professor Gerard Hornstra, Professor Emeritus of Experimental Nutrition, Maastricht University
- Professor Ingeborg Brouwer, Professor Nutrition for Healthy Living at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
- Doctor Marianne Geleijnse, Professor in Nutrition and Cardiovascular Disease, Wageningen University
- Professor Koen Dewettinck, Head of food safety and food quality department, Ghent University
The aim of the meeting was to gather academic experts in dietary fats to provide clarity of latest state of the art on saturated fats. This includes areas of consensus, but also areas of debate.
The proceedings of the meeting will be written by Dr Joyce Nettleton, member of the steering committee of the IEM, based on the discussions that will occur amongst expert during the meeting and fully referenced with scientific evidence. The paper will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.
Funding for this meeting has been provided by the IEM, MVO and EPOA. The scientific independence of the meeting is guaranteed by the scientific advisory committee. The funding parties were not involved in the discussion and will not be involved in writing the proceedings.
More information can be found on the website: http://www.safaexpertmeeting.eu/
October 2015: IEM Symposium at the European Nutrition conference (FENS 2015) in Berlin, GermanyDietary Fatty Acids - Is it time to change the recommendations?
The IEM organised a scientific session at the European Nutrition Conference (FENS 2015) in Berlin, Germany on October 23rd .
The symposium was chaired by Prof Berthold Koletzko, Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, University of Munich Medical Center, München, Germany,
The speakers were:
Prof Ronald Mensink. Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University. The Netherlands.
Topic: Should saturated fat intakes be reduced?
Prof Julie Lovegrove. Director Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition and Deputy Director Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR), University of Reading, United Kingdom.
Topic: Unsaturated fats - are higher intakes beneficial?
Dr. Ursula Schwab. School of Medicine. Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition. University of Eastern Finland. Kuopio Campus, Finland.
Topic: Translating dietary recommendations to food-based guidelines
July 2014: ISSFAL dinner debate facilited by IEM
Is it time to update saturated fats?
The IEM facilitated the dinner debate of the 2014 conference of the International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids in Stockholm.
Connie, Diekman, director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St Louis, USA< chaired the liely debate between the two debaters.
Philippe Legrand, Professor and Chairman of the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Human Nutrition in the Agronomic University of Rennes, France.
Ronald Mensink, Professor of Molecular Nutrition at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
19th September 2013: IEM symposium at the International Congress of Nutrition in Granada, Spain.
The IEM has organising a symposium on the “Role of dietary fats in prevention and treatment of the metabolic syndrome” on Thursday 19th September 2013, in conjonction with the International Congress Nutrition 2013.
The symposium was be chaired by Mrs Connie Diekman, M.Ed., RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, Director of University Nutrition at
Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
The topics addressed by the speakers were:
- Dietary fat and obesity
Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, UK
- Fat quality in the control of obesity and insulin resistance
Doctor Ulf Riserus, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Medical faculty, Uppsala University, Sweden.
- Early lipid nutrition and later metabolic syndrome risk.
Professor Berthold Koletzko, Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, University of Munich Medical Center, München, Germany, for the EarlyNutrition Research Project
- High or low-fat diet (and macronutrient distribution) to counteract the metabolic syndrome?
Jennifer A. Fleming, MS, RD, LDN, Department of Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
These presentations were followed by a lively panel discussion and concluding remarks from the Chair.
November 2012: IEM satellite IEM symposium at the Latin American Nutrition Conference (SLAN) in Havana, Cuba.
The aim of the symposium was to bring scientists and nutrition professionals a global and Latin American perspective of why fat quality in the diet is so important, and practical examples of what needs to be changed in people diet and how it can be done.
The following topics were addressed:
- Fatty acids intake and diet of the Mexican population - ENSANUT-2006 – Dr Salvador Villalpando.
- Requirements and global intake of fatty acids – Prof Ibrahim Elmadfa.
- How to change people’s diet to help reaching recommendations while taking into account regional dietary specificities? A Brazilian experience – Dr Roberta Cassani.
The presentations are available in the library and the report of the symposium is published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism.
October 2011: IEM satellite meeting of the 11th European Nutrition Conference (FENS), Madrid, Spain.The goal of this meeting was to help scientists and practitioners deal working in the field of fats and health get clarity on the current knowledge on the role of essential fats in child development, and relay clear and simple messages to the public they deal with everyday.
A scientific symposium was held as part of the main FENS program: more than 100 scientists and practitioners were given clarity on the current knowledge on the role of essential fats in child development by four key note speakers:
- Essential fatty acids for growth, Prof Ricardo Uauy.
- Effect of repeated dietary counseling on intake of essential fats in a prospective controlled intervention cohort between 1 and 19 years of age, Prof Olli Simell.
- Essential fatty acids,asthma and allergies in children A summary of epidemiological evidence. Dr Joachim Heinrich.
- Essential fats and neuronal development. Prof Berthold Koletzko.
As smaller group of experts also held a satellite masterclass led by Mrs Connie Diekman to practice translating scientific knowledge into clear and simple messages for health professionals and the general public. Participants walked out of the workshop with insights and methods they will use to communicate health messages with their peers, students, clients and patients; an additional step towards a better quality of fat in the diet.
The summary “Do children eat enough essential fats” is available in the library section of this website.
May 2010: IEM satellite meeting of the ISSFAL conference, Maastricht, The Netherlands.The aim of the meeting was to help scientists and practitioners working in the field of fats and health deal with controversial topics in lipid nutrition, so that they can apply this in their daily job.
The day started with a science session updating all participants on the most recent controversies in the area of fats and heart health:
- The positive and negative aspects of controversies in the scientific basis of health messages, Ms Manuela Heins.
- Epidemiological basis of health messages: methods and terms, potentials and restrictions, Dr Ingeborg Brouwer.
- The cholesterol controversy: The role of blood cholesterol in cause and complications of heart disease, Prof dr Anton Stalenhoef.
- Dietary fat controversies: The role of saturated fats in heart disease. Dr Bruce German.
- Dietary fat controversies: Modifying effects of dietary (poly)unsaturated fatty acids (P)UFA) on the levels of cholesterol and other lipoproteins in blood, and their implications for heart health. Dr Robert Clarke.
A master class on: ‘Dealing with Controversies in Heart Health Education’ followed. In this master class participants worked in break-out groups on some real-life examples of controversial topics in the area of fats and heart health under the super vision of professional moderators.
The day ended with two inspirational presentations: ‘How to use modern media to spread information’ by Mrs Connie Diekman, and a presentation of two simple tools that can be used by experts and health care professionals to help people improve the fat quality of the diet, by Dr Henriette Grooten.
A passionate debate about healthy fats for healthy hearts was also organized as part of the ISSFAL program. The two-part debate, chaired by Prof. Berthold Koletzko, Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany, addressed the following propositions:
(1) reduction of saturated fat is an important element of dietary change in the primary prevention of coronary heart disease (CHD) at the population level - discussed by Profs. Bruce Germannand Ricardo Uauy.
(2) the consumption of at least 5 to 10% of energy from omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) reduces the risk of CHD relative to lower intakes - discussed by Prof. William Harris and Dr. Christopher Ramsden).
A full report of this dinner debate has been published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism and can be found in the library section of this website.
October 2009: IEM satellite meeting of the International Nutrition Conference, Bangkok, Thailand.
The aim of the meeting was to disseminate the outcome of the Barcelona meeting to other nutrition experts.
A cooking workshop theme “cooking with essential fats” was held at the Blue Elephant cookery school in Bangkok. The estimated fat quality of the meals that were prepared as well as the recipes can be downloaded in the library of this website.
During dinner, various scientific presentations were given to the attendees:
- Fat quality of the diet, Ms Connie. Diekman
- Consumer understanding of fat quality of the diet, Dr Josephine Wills
- Outcomes of the IEM in Barcelona, Prof Pekka Puska
- What happened after the IEM in Barcelona, speaker Prof Berthold Koletzko
The evening was closed with communication training on how to convey simple messages on improving the fat quality of the diet.
Watch the movie on YouTube.
February 2009: IEM founding event, Barcelona – Spain.
40 leading global experts in the field of fats and health, from over 25 countries gathered to help shift the public discourse around fats from: Eat less fat to Eat the right type of fat. The outcomes of this meeting are reflected in an agreed and signed Summary Statement and sparked off an International Expert Movement (IEM) that wants to improve the fat quality of the diet of everyone, everywhere.
Scientific reviews on the health significance of fat quality in the diet were published as a supplement in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. They are available in the library.
Watch the movie on YouTube.