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About IEM
  1. About us

    The International Expert Movement (IEM) was founded in February 2009 in Barcelona as an initiative from the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) at a gathering with 40 leading global experts in the field of fats and health, originating from over 25 countries. This meeting marked an important moment, helping to shift the public discourse around fats from: "Eat less fat" to "Eat the right type of fat."

     

    It is the IEM mission to disseminate sound scientific information about food & nutrition, especially fat quality in the diet, amongst professionals and the general public in actionable ways, in order to promote and advance nutritional improvement focusing on the quality of diets. 

     

    What we do:

    • Share sound scientific information via our website, LinkedIn page and Twitter
    • Organise symposia at international scientific conferences
    • Publish the outcome of these symposia in scientific journals 

     

    The Activities of the IEM are held under the auspices of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences and funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Upfield Holdings BV.

The IEM steering committee

The IEM Steering Committee consists of the following members:

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    Connie Diekman

    MEd, RD, LD, FADA

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/connie-diekman-b59aa15/

    Connie Diekman

    MEd, RD, LD, FADA

    Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, LD, FADA is Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

     

    Connie Diekman, M.Ed, RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, FAND is Director of University Nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Diekman is a Former President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diekman served on the Academy House of Delegates Leadership Team from 2004 – 2006 and was a member of the Academy’s Board of Directors from 2004 - 2009. Previously she served as a delegate from the state of Missouri to the House of Delegates (governing body). She is a former chair of the American Heart Association – Missouri affiliate. Diekman is also a former media spokesperson for the Academy. In this position, she was quoted, and continues to be quoted, in thousands of magazines, newspapers and on the internet. Diekman currently serves on several advisory panels providing her expertise in communications, especially related to nutrition and consumer behavior change.
    Prior to her appointment at Washington University, Diekman was in private practice working with physicians, corporations and as an instructor at St. Louis’ Fontbonne University. For seventeen years she was the voice of the “Eating Right” minute on WBBM radio in Chicago. She is a former television nutrition reporter with St. Louis’ NBC affiliate and the local FOX affiliate. Diekman has received numerous honors, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Medallion Award, Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Fontbonne University, Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award from the Missouri Dietetic Association, Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year – Missouri, and the Dr. Arthur Strauss Award, from the American Heart Association – St. Louis.
    In addition to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diekman is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, American Society for Nutrition and The Obesity Society. Diekman earned her master’s degree in education - counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition - dietetics from Fontbonne College (now University). She completed her dietetic internship at St. Louis’ Barnes - Jewish Hospital.

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    Joyce A. Nettleton

    DSc

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/joyce-nettleton-baa97019/

    Joyce A. Nettleton

    DSc

    Dr. Nettleton is a specialist in seafood nutrition and science communications who has an independent consulting practice, ScienceVoice Consulting, in Denver, CO.

     

    Based in Denver, Colorado, USA, Nettleton is a nutrition scientist who has written extensively about the relationships between fatty acids and health, especially those of the omega-3 fatty acid family. Her recent scientific publications focused on fatty acid controversies in adult health and infant nutrition. The author of three books on seafood nutrition (e.g., Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health, 1995) and other scientific papers, she is the past editor of Fats of Life (formerly the PUFA Newsletter), an electronic publication devoted to recent research on polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in seafood. She is currently a scientific consultant to the International Expert Movement to Improve Dietary Fat Quality (www.theiem.org), an initiative of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences to improve dietary fat quality. Nettleton holds a doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health and Masters in International Nutrition from Cornell. When not working, she is trying to master the black diamonds of Colorado’s ski slopes.

     

    Most recent publications:

    • Nettleton JA, Salem Jr. N. International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids 2019 Symposium: Arachidonic acid and docosahexaenoic acids in infant development. Ann Nutr Metab2019;74:83-91.
    • Nettleton JA, Brouwer IA, Mensink RP, Diekman C, Hornstra, G. Fats in foods: current evidence for dietary advice. Ann Nutr Metab2018;72:248-254.
    • Nettleton JA, von Schacky C, Brouwer IA, Koletzko B. International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids 2016 debate: for science-based dietary guidelines on fats, meta-analysis and systematic reviews are decisive. Ann Nutr Metab2017;71:26-30.
    • Nettleton JA, Brouwer IA, Geleijnse JM, Hornstra GH. Saturated fat consumption and risk of coronary heart disease and ischemic stroke: a science update. Ann Nutr Metab2017;70:26-33.25. Nettleton JA, Lovegrove JA, Mensink RP, Schwab U. Dietary fatty acids: is it time to change the recommendations? Ann Nutr Metab2016;68:249-257.
    • Zock PL, Blom WAM, Nettleton JA, Hornstra G. Progressing insights into the role of dietary fats in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Curr Cardiol Rep2016;18:111-124.
  • Berthold V. Koletzko

    MD PhD

    Professor of Paediatrics and Head, Div. Metabolic Diseases & Nutritional Medicine, Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital, Univ. Munich Medical Centre, Munich, Germany.

     

    Berthold Koletzko is Professor of Paediatrics at LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany and heads the Div. Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine, Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, Univ. of Munich Medical Centre. He is author of >975 journal articles (Web of Science: Citations 21 864, H-index 74), 223 book chapters, and 38 books/monographies. Bert is President, Federation Int Soc of Paediatr Gastroenterol, Hepatol & Nutrition (fispghan.org), Immediate Past-President, Eur Soc Paediatr Gastroenterol, Hepatol & Nutrition, President-Elect, Int Soc Res Human Milk & Lactation, Treasurer Elect, United Europ ean Gastroenterology, Chair, Tertiary Care Council, European Paediatr Academy, Board Member, Biomedical Alliance in Europe, and Strategic Nutrition Advisor, International Paediatric Association. His research grant funding exceeded 20 mio.€ during the last decade provided mostly by the European Union Framework Programmes, European Research Council, German Research Council, German Federal Ministry Education & Research, governments of Bavaria and Norway, US National Institutes of Health and other public funding bodies. He has been acting as Co-ordinator of the EU funded projects CHOP, PIANAO, EARNEST, and EarlyNutrition and the EU Erasmus+ Projects Early Nutrition eAcademy South East Asia and Capacity Building to Improve Early Nutrition and Health in South Africa. He is member of the grant review board medicine, German Research Council and chairs their Clinical Trial grant review board. Bert is Editor in Chief of Ann Nutrition & Metabolism and of World Rev Nutrition & Dietetics, and Associate Editor of Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metabol Care and Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde. He has been acting as Scientific Advisor to the German Federal Government, the Innovation Initiative of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the World Health Organisation, and other national and international governmental bodies and organisations.

  • Helmut Heseker

    Prof, Dr.

    Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the Institute of Nutrition, Consumption and Health, Paderborn University, Germany and IUNS Officer (Treasurer).

     

    Helmut Heseker is Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the Institute of Nutrition, Consumption and Health in the Department of Sports&Health at Paderborn University, Germany (since 1997).
    He studied human nutrition at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen and received at the Institute of Nutrition his professional training in Nutritional Epidemiology. In 1984 he obtained a PhD degree on a thesis, entitled „Nutrient supply of elderly people”. In 1993 he finished his habilitation on a thesis, entitled „Evaluation of vitamin status measurements“. From 1993-1996 he had a substitute professorship at the University of Paderborn and from 1996-1997 he worked as Scientific director at the Federal Institute for Health Protection of Consumers and Veterinary Medicine in Berlin.
    In his research he is focussing on the nutrition and health situation of children and the prevention of obesity as well as on nutrition and health education. He is the principal investigator of F&D projects to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity of children and youth. Nutrition and health of elderly people is another main topic. He is author of more than 250 publications, reviews, books and books chapter.
    From 2010 to 2016 he served as president of the German Nutrition Society. He is Chief-editor of Ernaehrungs Umschau. Since 2013 he is IUNS officer and IUNS treasurer.