Ensuring Trust, Transparency and Scientific Rigor in the Nutrition Science Landscape
Recent efforts have focused on exploring key issues that impact the nutrition research landscape and identifying strategies to improve the research enterprise. Our goal is to move towards a common understanding that advances the very best nutrition research while maintaining the public’s confidence in the nutrition science community and research that aims to advance public health. Through activities, we seek to explore how we can best ensure innovation across the research continuum with available funding sources; review best practices for ensuring transparency in funding sources and other competing interests; discuss new efforts to ensure rigor and reproducibility; and highlight the need for public and private funding of nutrition research and the benefits derived from all sources. A plenary session was held on these topics at ASN’s 2016 Scientific Sessions; an advisory committee was formed to develop best practices; and future activities will highlight how best to communication nutrition science to the media.
Nutrition 2018: Convening the Best in Science & Health
The American Society for Nutrition launched Nutrition 2018, the premier global platform for researchers, clinicians, public health professionals and all other stakeholders interested in the advancement and application of nutrition science. The meeting was an all-inclusive, interactive model for sharing research and featured basic, translational, clinical and population science. Attendees learned, networked and connected while advancing nutrition science to improve global health. ASN invites all of our partners and stakeholders in the nutrition arena to join with us as we look forward to Nutrition 2019 which will be held June 8-11, 2019 in Baltimore, MD.
Nutrition and Sustainability: Four inter-related areas draw on the use of new technologies and have nutrition, public health and policy implications: Food and Nutrient Availability, Agricultural Practices, Sustainability, and Health and Disease, including non-communicable diseases. It is critical that the nutrition and food science community as well as other scientific disciplines have a thorough understanding of the evidence base linking these topics so that research needs and policy implications can be identified. Drawing and expanding upon ASN’s Nutrition Research Priorities as well as the research questions identified in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report, this effort aims to bring together multiple stakeholders in a multi-year effort to present and evaluate evidence on topics related to nutrition and sustainability. Specific tactics include scientific symposia followed by published reports.
Food for Health: The Role of Foods for Special Dietary Use: ASN established the Food for Health Initiative to foster a dialogue around science and regulation. The Initiative draws on the Society’s extensive network of nutrition science and practice experts and engages other partners from multiple sectors. The first activity focuses on the Medical Foods regulatory category and explores the requirement of a distinct nutritional requirement from a scientific perspective. A goal is to establish a set of principles for establishing unique nutritional requirements, i.e. requirements that are not encompassed within normal population variation. Current efforts focus on working with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) to plan a workshop on examining special nutritional requirements in disease states. The workshop will explore how these requirements may apply to the management of acute or chronic conditions or diseases such as phenylketonuria, burns or surgical trauma, inflammatory bowel disease, traumatic brain injury, and other diseases or medical conditions. A second activity may explore the potential uses of the regulatory category of Foods for Special Dietary Uses. While these activities are underway, ASN will lead the development of the Food for Health Initiative Dialogue, intended to provide a forum for ongoing discussion of new science regulatory challenges.