Food for thought: The science and politics of nutrition

14 - 15 Jun 2018

Location: Rüschlikon/Zurich, Switzerland

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To improve the science of nutritional advice, the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) and the Swiss Re Institute will jointly publish a series of articles under the banner of “Food for thought: The science and politics of nutrition.”

Swiss Re believes that improved nutritional advice will lead to better health outcomes and greater societal resilience against lifestyle diseases.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to join nutritional researchers and interact with leading experts in the fields of medicine, research and public policy backgrounds. Together, we can reclaim the nutritional debate for science and evidence-based research.

Nutrition, which is often neglected, is one of the biggest drivers of the global epidemic of chronic lifestyle diseases, including obesity and diabetes. However, the evidence base for dietary advice is beset with poor quality science and unresolved controversy.

BMJ & SRI Articles

The BMJ and Swiss Re institute are proud to launch the collection of articles Food for thought: the science and politics of nutrition. The series aims to prompt debate and challenge conventional wisdom on nutritional advice.

Swiss Re is committed to promoting greater societal resilience against chronic lifestyle diseases like Diabetes, and believes that improved nutritional advice will lead to better health outcomes. Read the foreword to the articles by Jeffrey Bohn, the Director of Swiss Re Institute and Why should insurers be interested in nutrition, an article by John Schoonbee, Swiss Re's Global Chief Medical Officer and Emile Elefteriadis, Swiss Re's Head of L&H Products, Canada & English Caribbean. The Swiss Re Institute is live streaming a conference with the article authors.

You can find all the articles on the BMJ website or take a look through the Food for thought collection below:

Gallery

Photos by: David Ausserhofer

Presentations Day 1


Thursday, 14 June 2018

12.00

Optional lunch

13.30

Welcome and introduction
Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, The BMJ
Watch the introduction

13.40

Welcome and opening remarks
Jeffrey Bohn, Director, Swiss Re Institute
Watch the opening remarks

13.50

A history of nutrition science: Implications for current research, dietary guidelines and food policy
Dariush Mozaffarian, Jean Mayer Professor of Nutrition and Medicine, Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Watch the full video presentation

Theme 1    

Major controversies 1

14.10

Dietary fats and health
Nita Gandhi Forouhi, Professor of Population Health and Nutrition, Programme Leader & Consultant Public Health Physician MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Watch the full video presentation

14.30

Dietary carbohydrates: Quality, quantity & subgroups at risk
Jennie Brand-Miller, Professor of Human Nutrition, The University of Sydney
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14.50

Dietary patterns and whole foods
Matthias Schulze, Professor and Head of the Department of Molecular Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition
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15.10

Panel discussion on "What evidence can we trust?"
Moderator: John Schoonbee, Global Chief Medical Officer, Swiss Re

Panellists:
Zoë Harcombe, Author and Researcher
Aseem Malhotra, Consultant Cardiologist and Member, Academy Of Medical Royal Colleges Obesity Steering Group
Rita Redberg, Professor of Medicine, University of California, and Chief Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
Gary Taubes, Science and Health Journalist, Co-Founder and President of the Non-Profit Nutrition Science Initiative
Walter Willett, Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Watch the panel discussion

16.10

Coffee break

Theme 2

Major controversies 2

16.40

Obesity and weight management
Michael Lean, Chair of Human Nutrition, University of Glasgow, and Consultant Physician Adjunct Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, New Zealand
Watch the full video presentation

17.00

Nutritional management and prevention of type 2 diabetes
Roy Taylor, Professor of Medicine and Metabolism, Director of the Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre, Newcastle University

17.20

Panel discussion on "Low carb high fat diets: Public controversies and opportunities"
Moderator: Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, The BMJ

Panellists:
Sarah Hallberg, Medical Director and Founder, Indiana University Health Arnett Medical Weight Loss Program, Indiana University Health
Michael Lean, Chair of Human Nutrition, University of Glasgow, and Consultant Physician Adjunct Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Otago, New Zealand
Matthias Schulze, Professor and Head of the Department of Molecular Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition
Jennie Brand-Miller, Professor of Human Nutrition, The University of Sydney
Roy Taylor, Professor of Medicine and Metabolism, Director of the Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre, Newcastle University
Watch the panel discussion

18.20

Short Break

18.30

The role of bias in nutritional research
(via video conference)
John P.A. Ioannidis, C.F. Rehnborg Professor in Disease Prevention in the School of Medicine, and Professor, by Courtesy, of Statistics and Biomedical Data Science, Stanford University
Watch the full video presentation

18.55

End of day 1

19.00

Networking reception and dinner


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Presentations Day 2


Friday, 15 June 2018

08.00

Coffee and networking

08.30

Welcome and introduction to day 2
Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, The BMJ

Theme 3 

Individual health

08.40

Gut microbiome
Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, Director of the TwinsUK Registry, Kings College London
Watch the full video presentation

09.00

Personalised nutrition
José M. Ordovás, Professor of Nutrition and Genetics, Director of the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory at the USDA-Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University
Watch the full video presentation

09.20

Moderated discussion and Q&A on individual health
Christoph Nabholz, Head R&D Life&Health, Swiss Re
Watch the moderated discussion

Theme 4

Implications for global health and health policy

09.50

Coffee break

10.20

Doubling down on nutrition disparities in global malnutrition
Rafael Perez-Escamilla, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Director Office of Public Health Practice, and Director Global Health Concentration, Yale School of Public Health
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10.40

Barriers and opportunities for healthier eating: The role of policy and government in nutrition
Sonia Angell, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
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11.00

The role of commercial food systems in promoting health through better diet
Martin White, Professor and Director of Research, Food Systems and Public Health, Centre for Diet and Activity Research, University of Cambridge

11.20

Panel discussion on "Food politics and policy"
Moderator: Navjoyt Ladher, Head of Scholarly Comment, The BMJ

Panellists:
Sonia Angell, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Nita Gandhi Forouhi, Professor of Population Health and Nutrition, Programme Leader & Consultant Public Health Physician MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Günter Hemrich, Deputy Director a.i., Nutrition and Food Systems Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Nina Teicholz, Science Journalist and Author; Executive Director of the Nutrition Coalition
Martin White, Professor and Director of Research, Food Systems and Public Health, Centre for Diet and Activity Research, University of Cambridge
Watch the panel discussion

12.20

Lunch

13.50

Why nutrition should matter to insurers
John Schoonbee, Global Chief Medical Officer, Swiss Re
Emile Elefteriadis, Head of L&H Products, Canada & English Caribbean, Swiss Re
Watch the full video presentation

14.10

Closing comments and open discussion on the way forward
Moderator: Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, The BMJ

Dariush Mozaffarian, Jean Mayer Professor of Nutrition and Medicine; Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Salim Yusuf, Distinguished University Professor of Medicine, McMaster University

Watch the moderated discussion

15.10

Closing remarks
Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, The BMJ
John Schoonbee, Global Chief Medical Officer, Swiss Re
Watch the closing remarks

15.15

End of event


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