Research, Innovation and Markets

October 10, 2013

A joint symposium on international research in nutrition, food and the impact upon health held by the University of Toronto, the Embassy of Italy in Ottawa and the Public Policy Forum, with support from the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes.

The symposium held at UofT was preceded by that which took place in Montreal on 8th October.  The goal of these two events was to highlight Canada’s excellent capabilities in nutrition and health, as well as Italian areas of excellence in, food packaging and traceability, as well as nutrition.  The events also sought to bring experts from these two nations together to inculcate joint research activity in the area of nutrition.  Below is the event agenda with links to speaker’s bios and recordings of some of the panels and speeches, with presentation documents made available where recordings were not.

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—9:00am: Welcoming remarks

Master of Ceremonies: Peter Lewis
Associate Vice President, Research & Innovation, U of T

20130611-161220.jpgProfessor Peter Lewis was appointed Associate Vice President, Research and Innovation of the University of Toronto in October, 2009. His focus is Global Research Partnerships including oversight of the Innovations and Partnerships Office. A highly respected and accomplished biochemist, Professor Lewis has been an academic leader, faculty member and researcher at U of T since 1974. Prior to joining the Office of the Vice President, Research, Professor Lewis served as Vice Dean, Research and International Relations in the Faculty of Medicine for seven years. He served as Chair of the U of T Department of Biochemistry from 1991-2001. His research interests include epigenetics, protein folding and proteomics. Professor Lewis received his undergraduate education at the University of Calgary and his doctorate at Cornell University. He was made a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2010 and serves on several boards of directors.

David Naylor
President, U of T

David_Naylor_v2Naylor was born in Woodstock, Ontario. A Rhodes Scholar, Naylor received an MD from the University of Toronto in 1978, proceeding to Hertford College, Oxford, where he earned a D.Phil in 1983 in the Department of Social and Administrative Studies. He completed work in internal medicine and clinical epidemiology at the University of Western Ontario and Toronto and joined the academic staff of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1987.
Naylor developed the proposal for the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in 1991 and served as the Institute’s President and Chief Executive Officer from its inception in 1992 until June 1998.
Naylor was appointed Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions, of the University of Toronto in 1999. He was named Chair of the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health, 2003, following the outbreak of SARS in Canada.
The appointment of Naylor as president of the University of Toronto was announced on 26 April 2005. He replaced acting president Vivek Goel who in turn had replaced interim president Frank Iacobucci, who himself took over after the departure of Robert Birgeneau. Naylor officially took office on October 1, 2005.
On July 25, 2006, it was announced that Naylor had been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was appointed on April 6, 2006, and his investiture took place on February 9, 2007.

H.E. Lorenzo Cornado
Ambassador of Italy to Canada

31_DC - Italy ambassador - Gian Lorenzo CornadoBorn in Brussels in 1959, married Martine Laidin, a daughter named Julia, Cornado has a degree in Political Science at the University LUISS 1984.Alla Farnesina in Rome from 1985. His first assignment was with the Directorate General for Emigration and Social Affairs, where he remained until 1987, when he assumed the duties of First Secretary at the Embassy of Italy in Ottawa. Since 1992, he was the Italian Consul in Toulouse, where he remained until 1994, as he returned to Rome to the Directorate General for Personnel and Administration. He remained there until 1997: in that year Cornado became Special Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in New York, a post he held until 2000, when he was appointed Consul General of Italy in Montreal. In the same year, and up to 2004 he became a Permanent Representative of Italy to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Between 2004-2005 he was the Deputy Head of the Coordination of the General Secretariat. Next, Cornado was the Head of the United Nations General Directorate of Business Politici. From 2006-2008 he was the Diplomatic Adviser to the Minister of Justice, while in 2009 he was appointed Ambassador, becoming Deputy Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations in New York. From 2010 to 2012 he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, a position he left when the now former Minister Terzi called him to Rome at the head of his Cabinet.

Tullio Guma
Consul General of Italy in Toronto

consul_italy2013-01-500x322Born in Naples on 10/11/1949, Tullio Guma obtained Degree in Law cum laude from the University of Naples on 28/7/1970. He started his diplomatic career in 1974; assigned to the Office for Italian Schools abroad at the General Directorate for Cultural Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He then became Head of the Economic/Commercial Office at the Embassy of Italy in Lagos (Nigeria) from 1976 to 1979, which was followed by a stint as Consul of Italy in Tolosa (France) from 1979 to 1984. He then returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome as Head of the Office for Scientific Co-operation and subsequently Head of the Office for Cultural Agreements between 1984 and 1987. Next he was to be the First Counsellor for Social Affairs at the Embassy in Ottawa (Canada) from 1987 to 1992. He then became Deputy Ambassador and First Counsellor for Political Affairs at the Embassy in Copenhagen (Denmark) from 1992 to 1995. Next he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome as Head of the Office for Latin America at the Directorate General for Economic Affairs and subsequently Head of the Office for Italian Nationals, Passports and Civil Status Laws at the Directorate-General for Emigration and Social Affairs between 1995 and 1999. He then became First Counsellor (First Committee – Disarmament) and Head of Security at the Permanent Representation at the United Nations in New York (USA) from 1999-2002. Next Guma was to travel to Africa to become Ambassador of Italy in Lusaka (Zambia) with accreditation also to Botswana and Malawi, and to the Sub-Regional Organization COMESA (Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa) and SADC (Southern Africa Development Community) from 2002 to 2006. He then returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome to the Office of the Director General for Sub-Saharan Africa as Co-ordinator, first for the EU Africa Working Group (COAFR), and then for the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) between 2006 and 2010. The same year he was to become Ambassador of Italy in Accra (Ghana) from 2010 to 26th September2012. Finally, he became Consul General of Italy in Toronto, Canada from 27th September
2012. A position he holds until today.

Paul Ledwell
Executive Vice-President, Canada’s Public Policy Forum

paulPaul Ledwell is Executive Vice-President at the Public Policy Forum, where he leads the Forum’s work in innovation and public governance and contributes to thought leadership in areas such as economic development, health and the environment. He joined the Forum in April 2009, bringing 20 years leadership experience in policy, research, and public advocacy, and extensive work with partners in government, academe, private and voluntary sectors, and the media. At PPF, he is leading a major multi-year and multi-sector project, Innovation Next, which aims to advance a stronger culture and practice of innovation in Canada.

Previously, Paul served as President of the Institute On Governance, as the first Director of Government Relations at the University of Ottawa, as Executive Director of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and as the Chair of the Canadian Consortium for Research. He has provided senior leadership on national initiatives, including the National Dialogue on Higher Education and the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has been a commentator in the media, an invited speaker to conferences in Canada and around the world, and has appeared before many parliamentary and other national committees on matters related to economic and social policy.

Internationally, Paul has been engaged on issues related to democratic development in Asia and the Middle East, and on innovation and higher education policy in the US and Europe. He has contributed, in a volunteer capacity, to many national organizations and currently serves as a Board member to Actua and an advisor to several NGOs.

—9:30am: Session One

Feeding the world into the future: the role of food science and technology

Keynote: Rickey Yada
Canada Research Chair in Food Protein Structure, Scientific Director, Advanced Foods and Materials Canada (AFM Canada); Department of Food Science, University of Guelph
Rickey Yada – Food Security (Powerpoint Presentation)

picture-67Rickey Yada serves as the Chief Research Officer of Advanced Foods and Materials Network. Dr. Yada has been a Faculty Member at the University of Guelph since that time, serving as Chair of the Department of Food Science and as the Assistant Vice President Research, Agri-Food Programs. He serves as a Professor in the Department of Food Science and a Canada Research Chair in Food Protein Structure. His primary research focus is on structure-function relations of food-related proteins. In addition, Dr. Yada serves as the Scientific Director of the Advanced Foods and Materials Network. He has participated on numerous research awards panels and committees, both at the national and international levels, and was a member of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on the Future of Food Biotechnology. His Past Projects from 2004 to 2006 are Protein and Peptide Self-Assembly: Food-Derived Materials and Interactions with Nanostructured Surfaces, Mechanisms of Bacterial Adhesion on Artificial and Natural Surfaces, Growth, Structure and Interfacial Effects of Biofilms of Opportunistic Bacterial Pathogens on Simulated and Natural Food Surfaces, Characterization of Plant-Derived Proteins and Carbohydrates and Their Use to Improve Frozen Food Quality, Food Authenticity, Adsorption, Structure and Conformational Changes of Protein Molecules and Advanced Hydrogels, Films and Coatings. Dr. Yada serves as a Director of dvanced Foods and Materials Network. He was Editor-in-chief of Food Research International Journal from 1992 to 1998, is currently the North American Editor for Trends in Food Science and Technology and is on the Food Science editorial advisory board for Taylor and Francis. He is the author of approximately 130 refereed journal publications and several book chapters. Dr. Yada was awarded a Doctorate from the Department of Food Science at the University of British Columbia in 1984.


Moderator: Patrik Kolar
Head of Unit “Food, Health and Wellbeing”. Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Patrik-KolarPatrik Kolar obtained his PhD in chemistry at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1995. During 1997-1998 he worked as a PostDoc research fellow on the asymmetric catalysis involving proteinogenic amino acids at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. Since 2000 he lives in Brussels, Belgium, where he initially worked as Research Advisor in the NGO Sector, and later as a Research Counsellor of the Slovenian Permanent Representation to the EU (2004 – 2007). He joined the European Commission in 2007 as the Head of Unit for Genomics and Systems Biology (2004 – 2010). He led the Personalised Medicine Unit from 2010 to 2013 when he joined the Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food as the Head of Unit for ” Food, Health and Wellbeing “.

His Unit is responsible for designing policies and implementation of related research and innovation actions within the EU 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and the forthcoming European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – the Horizon 2020. His Unit strongly collaborates with external stakeholders, including the European Technology Platform ” Food for Life ” and the Joint Programming Initiative on ” Healthy Diets – Healthy Lives ” (HDHL).

Francesco Loreto
Professor, Head of Department, Bioloy Agriculture and Food Science, Italian National Research Council, CNR
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.41.10 AMLoreto is an expert on biosphere-atmosphere interactions. His studies focus on the biosynthesis and emissions of volatile organic compounds, and on the impacts of abiotic stressors on primary and secondary plant metabolism.
Dr Loreto is Research Director at CNR, has directed the Institute for Plant Protection (CNR-IPP, 2009-2012), and is now the director of the Department of Biology, Agriculture and Food Science (CNR-DiSBA). Dr Loreto is delegate of the Italian Ministry of Research and Education at the European Commission “Bio-economy” panel; and a member of the scientific steering committee of the “Integrated Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Process Study programme” (iLEAPS), a core-programme of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP). Dr Loreto has published so far (August 2013) more than 150 papers on peer-reviewed ISI-indexed international journals, with a total number of citations > 9000, and a H index = 51. He has also published 11 book chapters, and is editor of the book “Terrestrial photosynthesis in a changing environment” (Cambridge Press, 2012).

Herbert Kronzucker
Professor, University of Toronto
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 9.42.58 AMProfessor Kronzucker’s laboratory is designed for the study of the physiological ecology of nutrient acquisition by terrestrial plants. They examine the role of nutrient ion fluxes at cellular, whole-organism, and ecosystem levels, focusing on several key areas: yield potential in cereals, forest succession, cellular ionic interactions, and drought and salt stresses. Their approach is multidisciplinary, ranging from mathematical modelling to radiotracing of ion fluxes and ecological analyses in the field. The techniques they use include the subcellular tracing of ion fluxes and compartmentation, the genetic manipulation of plant metabolism and nutrient acquisition, electrophysiology, gas exchange, ionic and metabolic profiling of tissues, and analyses of plant growth and yield. They strive to investigate the physiology of intact organisms, and develop methods to tackle the complexity associated with whole systems.

—10:50am: Food impact on Health: the Role of Packaging and Traceability

Keynote: Giovanni Fattore
Bocconi University, Milan
Giovanni Fattore – Health wellbeing and economics (Powerpoint Presentation)

fattore_5Laurea Degree in Economics and Social Sciences from Università Bocconi. Master of Science in Health Policy and Management, Harvard University and PhD in Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He had research positions at the Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, and LSE Health and Social Care. He is currently President of the Italian Association of Health Economics.
He was Director of the Master in International Healthcare Management Economics & Policy (MIHMEP) from 12002 to 2008 and is currently Faculty Member of the PhD in Business Administration & Management. He is Senior Faculty Member of the Public Management & Policy Division of SDA Bocconi School of Management. He is a Steering Committee member for CERGAS and Dondena research centers. He sits on the editorial boards of Pharmacoeconomics Italian Research Articles e Politiche Sanitarie (Health Polices).


Moderator: Pasquale Bova
Italian Trade Commissioner for Canada
Bova2011Pasquale Bova has been the Trade Commissioner in Chicago since July 2006. He joined the Italian Trade Commission (ITC) in 1981 after working for Saatchi & Saatchi in Rome. He was the Deputy Trade Commissioner of the New York Office of the ITC from 1986-1991. From 1991-1993, he was responsible for corporate relations at the headquarters in Rome. He served as Trade Commissioner for the Los Angeles Office from 1993 to 2000 and for the Seattle Office from 2000 to 2004. Prior to coming to Chicago, he was head of the Lazio Office at the ITC Headquarters in Rome, where he was responsible for coordinating promotional activities of various regions of Italy.Mr. Bova obtained a degree in International Law from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome. His graduate studies at Societa’ Italiana per le Organizzazioni Internazionali focused on international economics and politics. He also participated in a project to streamline tariffs and restrictions within the European Union in Brussels as well as marketing projects in Europe, the Middle and Far East.Recently Mr. Bova assumed the additional roles as Trade Commissioner for both ITC offices in Canada (Toronto and Montreal).The Italian Trade Commission is the government agency entrusted with promoting trade, business opportunities and industrial cooperation between Italian and foreign companies. Headquartered in Rome, where it is known as Istituto nazionale per il Commercio Estero (ICE), it operates through 115 branch offices in 86 countries and helps foreign and Italian companies to develop business partnerships.The Chicago Office primarily handles the promotion of investment goods, specifically in the following industries: Machine Tools and Metalworking Machinery, Printing and Packaging Machinery, Plastics Machinery, Food Processing, Publishing, Automotive Components, Industrial Components, Ceramics Machinery and Foundry.

Levente Diosady
Professor, University of Toronto
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Dr. Levente L. Diosady, Ph.D. has been the Professor of Food Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at University of Toronto since 1979. Mr. Diosady serves as Member of the Advisory Board of Flax Energy Corp. His research interests include oilseed processing, extrusion, advanced separation processes, and micronutrient fortification of food. His research was acknowledged by a Canada Award for Business Excellence in the “Inventions” category in 1987, was called one of the Top Ten Products/Processes by the Institute of Food Technologists in 1990, he received the Professional Engineers of Ontario Engineering Medal for R&D in 2003, and he received the Eva Award of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and technology in 2007. He was inducted into the U of T Engineering Alumni Hall of Distinction in 2004. He is the author of over 120 publications in refereed journals, including 15 patents. He received an Honors Bachelors degree in 1966 in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. After graduation he returned to the University of Toronto, where he obtained his M.A. Sc. in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1971 degrees in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. He is a registered Professional Engineer, and a designated Consulting Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Clara Silvestre
Professor, Italian National Research Council – ICTP
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 10.03.59 AMDr. Silvestre chairs the European Cooperation in Science and Technology’s Food and Agriculture Action. The main objective of this Action is to constitute an international scientific and technology network on issues related to eco-sustainable Polymer Nanocomposites Food Packaging for the preservation, conservation and distribution of high quality and safe food.The Action will constitute an international scientific and technology network on issues related to Eco-sustainable Polymer Nanomaterials for Food Packaging (PNFP), for the preservation, conservation and distribution of high quality and safe food. The Action aims at exploiting the potentiality of polymer nanotechnology in the area of food packaging treating in a complete way the demanding needs of the users, such as health, environment, taste, cost and the specific requirements of the food industry. The envisioned direction is to look at the complete life cycle of the PNFP by the combined efforts of leading research and industrial groups. The Action will identify the barriers (in research and technology, safety, standardisation, trained workforce and technology transfer) that prevent a complete successful development of PNFP and will indicate the strategies to proceed further.

Inteaz Alli
Professor, Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, McGill University
alliInteaz Alli is a Professor of Food Quality Assurance and Food Analysis. He has professional expertise in the area of food quality assurance and is a food industry practitioner in this field. His primarily research interest is in the area of isolation and characterization of food proteins. He is co-inventor and primary researcher for two patents for food protein products and the processes for preparation of the proteins for use as food ingredients. As an expert in the Food Quality/Food Safety field, he has published a university-level textbook entitled Food Quality Assurance: Principles and Practices, and several invited book chapters. He has presented numerous invited seminars and conducted invited training courses and workshops in food quality, food safety, HACCP, food proteins and food analysis in universities, food companies, government institutions and international agencies both in North America and around the world. Dr. AlIi is responsible for teaching Principles of Food Analysis, Quality Assurance and Food Traceability

Francesco Marandino
ValueGo Project
Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 10.12.40 AMValue Go® is the new integrated system for products traceability and guarantee from source to consumption to support companies on their logistical process and to protect consumers looking for greater transparency.The project is a result of a close collaboration among Penelope SpA, the Mathematics and Information Technology Department of the University of Salerno and the Engineering Department of the University of Sannio.The key target is to strengthen the competitiveness of several Italian excellence, from fashion industry to food processing, and also to manufacturing field, enhancing their exclusive qualities and thwarting any attempts of counterfeiting and unfair competition.


Afternoon Chair
Phil Sherman
Director of the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes
sd_inmd_philip_sherman_150Philip M. Sherman, MD, FRCPC, is Professor of Paediatrics, Microbiology, & Dentistry at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto where he has been on faculty since 1984. Phil completed medical school at the University of Calgary in 1977 and training in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (1977-1980). Training in gastroenterology and research was completed at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC (1980-1984).
Phil is a Past-President of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and a Past-President of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology. He is the recipient of a Canada Research Chair (tier 1) in Gastrointestinal Disease (2001-2015). His research program is funded by support currently provided by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). His research interests focus on epithelial cell signal transduction responses to pathogenic, commensal, and probiotic bacteria.
In October 2010, Phil was awarded the prestigious 2010 Shwachman Award from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN). The award recognizes significant and lifelong scientific or educational contributions to the field of paediatric gastroenterology, and awardees must also hold a record of advocacy for child digestive diseases and demonstrate exemplary service to the field.
Phil assumed the position of Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes in January, 2009.

—1:30am: Shaking old paradigms: Future opportunities for the development of food products that promote health in children

Keynote: Deborah O’Connor
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto and Senior Associate Scientist, the Hospital for Sick Children
Deborah O’Connor Children and Food Presentation (Powerpoint Presentation)

9392-012773 Dr. Deborah (Debbie) O’Connor completed her undergraduate training at the University of Guelph and her M.Sc. and PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois. She completed her clinical dietetic training at Kingston General Hospital. Prior to arriving in Toronto, Debbie was an Associate Professor in the Division of Applied Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph and then at Ohio State University and was the senior group leader of the Premature Infant Nutrition group at Abbott Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio. Debbie served as the Director of Clinical Dietetics at The Hospital for Sick Children from 2000 to 2012 and then the Associate Chief of Academic Professional Practice until 2013. She is a member of Dietitians of Canada, the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation, the Canadian Society of Nutritional Sciences and the American Society of Nutritional Sciences.


Harvey Anderson
Professor, University of Toronto
andersonFood intake regulation; carbohydrates, sweeteners, appetite and health; proteins, amino acids and food intake; dietary control of peptide hormone and neurotransmitter metabolism. Food composition, dietary status and chronic disease.

Kristine G. Koski
Director, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University
kriskoskiThe School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, as presently configured, was established in 1984 as an administrative unit within the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Physical facilities in which the School is housed include space in the Macdonald-Stewart Building, Laird Hall and the CINE Building at Macdonald Campus. School research and teaching activities also involve the Nutrition and Food Science Centre within the Faculty of Medicine at the downtown campus. The Centre serves as a clinical research component of the School.
The School offers two majors leading to the Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Sciences) degree, the Dietetics Major and the Nutrition Major. Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are provided at the graduate level. In addition, the School offers courses on the McGill downtown campus and contributes to instruction within the Medicine curriculum.
The research interests of the School’s faculty members are diverse. They include nutritional biochemistry, clinical nutrition, nutrition and behaviour, nutrition and epidemiology, nutrition in developing countries, community nutrition, and nutritional toxicology.

Andrea Scaloni
Professor, Italian National Research Council – ISPAAM
9c960516bd2f9960e4_l_b2e14Currently, Dr. Scaloni directs the Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. Present instruments and developed knowledge determined his involvement in 17 projects from UE, MIUR, CNR, ISS and Regione Campania, as main or unit coordinator.
His research activity is focused on the development/application of nanoLC, 2D-LC, 1D/2D-E, ESI-MS and MALDI-MS procedures for quali-quantitative proteomic characterization of biological fluids, tissues, cell lines from eukaryotes/prokaryotes and corresponding post-translational modifications.
He is author of 240 publications in ISI Journals, 17 book chapters and 1 monography.
He presented his research activity at about 80 National/International Congresses.
He served in the Scientific/Organization Committee of 4 National Congresses and as Chairman at 6 National Congresses.

Mary L’Abbe
Professor, University of Toronto
labbeMary R.L’Abbé is the Earle W. McHenry Professor and Chair,Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine,University of Toronto. In her previous role as Director of the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences at Health Canada, she was responsible for the leadership of Health Canada’s nutrition laboratory research, surveillance, scientific evaluation and regulatory programs aimed at the maintenance and improvement of the nutritional quality of the Canadian food supply, including national nutrition labeling, food fortification, health claims, etc. She served as Canadian Head of Delegation to the Codex Alimentarius Committees on Nutrition and on Food Labelling.
Dr. L’Abbé holds a PhD in nutrition from McGill University and has authored over 90 peer‐reviewed scientific publications and book chapters. She is an expert in public health nutrition, nutrition policy, and food and nutrition regulations. Her research examines the nutritional quality of the Canadian food supply, nutrition surveys and factors influencing consumers’ understanding of nutrition, their food choices related to obesity and chronic disease, and research in the area of minerals and trace elements.

—3:00pm: Understanding the Glycemic Index for the Prevention of Chronic Disease

Keynote: David Jenkins
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto and Scientist, Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital
jenkinsDavid J.A. Jenkins (MD, PhD, DSc) is University Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, Canada.[1]
Jenkins is credited with developing the concept of the glycemic index as a way of explaining the way in which dietary carbohydrate impacts blood sugar[citation needed]. His first paper on the subject appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1981.[2] Jenkins went on to author at least 15 more clinical studies on the effects of the glycemic index. His present interests are in running clinically based dietary trials to elucidate the potential of diet to prevent and treat chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.


Elena Comelli
Professor, University of Toronto
Professor Comelli’s research program focuses on the understanding of the molecular mechanisms regulating intestinal postnatal development. A particular focus is on the establishment of a mature mucus layer and on the role of the intestinal epithelium-gut microbiota crosstalk in this process. We are also evaluating the response of the intestinal ecosystem to probiotic bacteria.

Elisabetta Lupotto
Professor, University of Toronto
This Department Dr. Lupotto directs handles the sustainable management and conservation of Italy’s ecosystems, forests, and agricultural land. In compliance with international agreements on the environment, the department’s main research activities include studying sustainable management, seen as biological system efficiency, with the goals of safeguarding environmental quality and assets, and exploring biodiversity.
Biodiversity is to be understood not only as protecting individual species, but also as conserving ecosystems, their proper functioning, and the processes occurring among the components contained therein. In the area of global environmental change, the department’s research projects are designed to increase know-how on climate change mitigation and the agro-forestry systems’ adaptation to the decreasing environmental impact on land and water resources, through the study of innovative techniques and cultivation systems that favor an increase in agricultural production.

Linda Wykes
School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University
Linda_WykesWykes, Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar at McGill University, has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto. She is funded by the National Science and Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and has recently won two awards for her research: The Bio-Serv Award for Research Using Animals as Models (American Society for Nutrition) and the Centrum Foundation New Scientist Award (Canadian Society for Nutritional Sciences).
Wykes wants to devise nutritional therapies that will prevent malnutrition in children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Many of the drugs given to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease can cause anorexia or nausea. The long term use of some of these drugs may lead to increased risks of infections, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, or delayed growth

—4:00pm: Panel moderators and audience participants

—5:00pm: Symposium Ends