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  1. 11 november 2015

    SAFA Expert Meeting - Leiden, The Netherlands

    A workshop with experts aimed at assessing the scientific state of the art on the effect of saturated fatty acid consumption on the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke took place on November 5 and 6 2015 in Leiden, Netherlands.

    The expert meeting consisted of 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, solely based on the discussions that will occur amongst expert during the meeting and will be fully referenced with scientific evidence. This 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 did not influence the discussion or will be involved in writing the proceedings.

    More information can be found on the website:


    SAFA Expert Meeting - Leiden, The Netherlands