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North American Branch of the International Life Sciences Institute

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​​​​​The North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI North America) is a public, non-profit scientific foundation that advances the understanding and application of science related to the nutritional quality and safety of the food supply.

2013 Annual Report
​​ About Us
The organization carries out its mission by sponsoring research programs, professional and educational programs and workshops, seminars, and publications, as well as providing a neutral forum for government, academic, and industry scientists to discuss and resolve scientific issues of common concern for the well-being of the general public. ILSI North America's programs are supported primarily by its industry membership.
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ILSI North America News
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2015 ILSI North America Future Leader Award - Call for Nominations

​The North American Branch of the International Life Sciences Institute is soliciting nominations of individuals to be considered to receive its 2015 Future Leader Award.

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2014 Annual Meeting Presentations Available!

​Presentations from the 2014 Annual Meeting are now posted here. Video recordings of sessions will be posted as they become available.

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Slides from the 10th Vahouny Fiber Symposium Available!

​View presentations slides from the ILSI North America sponsored session "A Framework for determining the physiological benefits of fiber" here.

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Weight of the Evidence Workshop proceedings are available!

​"Insights and Perspectives on Emerging Inputs to Weight of Evidence Determinations for Food Safety: Workshop Proceedings" was published in the November/December issue of the International Journal of Toxicology.    


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Research Grants on Pathogen Reduction in Spices

The ILSI North America Technical Committee on Food Microbiology is pleased to announce the recipients of research grants on pathogen reduction in spices: Dr. Monica Ponder of Virginia Tech and Dr. Gary Acuff of Texas A & M University.  The Technical Committee on Food Microbiology is driving the research to establish standardized inoculation protocols and to validate surrogate organisms for industrial-scale spice treatments.  The research endeavor is recently recognized in an article “Spicy, Flavorful, and Safe” on the August 2013 issue of Food Technology Magazine.  To learn more about the research grants, please click here​.

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 2014 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker - "Science at a Crossroads: Time for Reform?"


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Experimental Biology Saturday Morning Session - "Fortification and Health: Opportunities and Challenges"
San Diego, California 4/26/2014 - 4/26/2014
Experimental Biology 2014 - Saturday Morning Session
Experimental Biology 2014
San Diego, CA 4/26/2014 - 4/30/2014
ILSI North America is sponsoring multiple presentations: "Sodium to Potassium Ratio and Food Choices of U.S. Adults", "Sugars and Health: Applying Evidence Mapping Methods to Assess the Evidence", and "Low-calorie sweeteners and body weight and composition"
American Spice Trade Association Annual Meeting and Exhibits
4/27/2014 - 4/30/2014
The ILSI North America Technical Committee on Food Microbiology will be presenting two studies that the committee is currently funding.
National Nutrient Databank Conference
Portland, Oregon 5/14/2014 - 5/17/2014
Augmentation of the USDA National Nutrient Database: A Public-Private Partnership on “Branded Food Products Database for Public Health
ILSI North America Food, Nutrition & Safety Program (FNSP)
Washington, DC 7/22/2014 - 7/23/2014
The ILSI North America Food, Nutrition and Safety Program (FNSP) mid-year meeting combines presentations on topics of current interest with reports on progress within the organization’s new and on-going programs.
IAFP 2014
Indianapolis, Indiana 8/3/2014 - 8/6/2014
The ILSI North America Technical Committees on Food Microbiology and Food & Chemical Safety will be sponsoring scientific sessions at the 2014 International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting
ObesityWeek™ 2014
Boston, Massachusetts 11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014
Preeminent event covering the full scope of the obesity issue from cutting-edge research presentations to intervention and public policy discussions.


Fortified Foods Are Major Contributors to Nutrient Intakes in Diets of US Children and Adolescents
Journal Article, 2014
This paper examines the impact of fortification on nutrient adequacy and excess among US children and adolescents. Read More

Fortification: new findings and implications
Journal Article, 2014
This article discusses and evaluates the value of fortification, the success of current fortification efforts, and the future role of fortification in preventing or reversing nutrient inadequacies. Read More

Principles for building public-private partnerships to benefit food safety, nutrition, and health research
Journal Article, 2013
The present article articulates principles for effective public-private partnerships (PPPs) in scientific research. Read More

Determining the Applicability of Threshold of Toxicological Concern Approaches to Substances Found in Foods
Journal Article, 2013
By appropriately applying the methods, employing the appropriate scientific expertise, and combining use with the conservative assumptions embedded within the derivation of the thresholds, the TTC can realize its potential to protect public health and to contribute to efficient use of resources in food safety risk management. Read More

The Family of Dietary Fibers: Dietary Variety for Maximum Health Benefit
Journal Article, 2013
This article, published in Nutrition Today, reviews the gap between recommended and actual intakes and outlines the definitions of fiber that are operative worldwide, sources of dietary fiber, and strategies to improve intake with fiber-rich foods.​ Read More

How Experts are Chosen to Inform Public Policy: Can the Process be Improved?
Journal Article, 2013
This article, published in Health Policy, explores the effects of conflict of interest policies on the process for chosing experts to form advisory panels for the formulation of nutrition and science policy. Read More

International Life Science Institute North America Cronobacter (Formerly Enterobacter sakazakii) Isolate Set
Journal Article, 2013
This article, published in the Journal of Food Protection, describes a newly available Cronobacter (formerly Enterobacter sakazakii) isolate set. Read More

Issues to Consider When Setting Intervention Targets with Limited Data for Low-Moisture Food Commodities: A Peanut Case Study
Journal Article, 2013
This article, published in the Journal of Food Protection, discusses development of a framework for managing risk in low-moisture food commodities where large data sets are unavailable (using peanuts as the example). Read More

Modeling the Influence of Temperature, Water Activity and Water Mobility on the Persistence of Salmonella in Low-Moisture Foods
Journal Article, 2013
This article, published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, aimed to determine how the physical state of water in low-moisture foods influences the survival of Salmonella and to use this information to develop mathematical models that predict the behavior of Salmonella in these foods. Read More

Food Pattern Modeling Shows That the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Sodium and Potassium Cannot Be Met Simultaneously
Journal Article, 2013
This article, published in Nutrition Research, used food pattern modeling based on linear programming to examine the theoretical feasibility of meeting the sodium and potassium dietary guidelines while simultaneously maintaining nutritional adequacy of the diet. Read More