Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University...

Announces First Annual Friedman Symposium, September 19-21, 2006 - Dietary Guidelines 2010 will be focus of inaugural conference

Dean Eileen T. Kennedy at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy has announced the first annual Friedman School Symposium, to be held September 19-21 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Symposium will provide an unbiased, neutral forum for presenting current nutrition research and debate that will impact the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

"Getting Dietary Guidelines 'right' may be the single most critical step to addressing the growing and preventable health crises of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other serious illnesses affecting American and world populations." said Dean Kennedy.

By engaging leaders in nutrition science and policy along with representatives of the food industry, whose products and advertisements rely on the Dietary Guidelines, the Symposium will address topics such as "Problems and Pitfalls In The Dietary Guidelines: The Example of Children" and "Should Supplements and Fortified Foods Have A Place at the 2010 Guidelines Table?"

The program for the Friedman School Symposium is chaired by Drs. Robert Russell and Simin Nikbin Meydani, Director and Associate Director respectively of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

Symposium presenters will include:

  • Bess Dawson-Hughes, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Bone Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
  • Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, State University of N.Y. at Buffalo
  • Edward Giovannucci, MD, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Bruce Hollis, Ph D, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Janet King, PhD, Children's Hospital, Oakland Research Institute
  • Alice Lichtenstein, D.Sc., Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy, Friedman School Director and Senior Scientist, Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.
  • Joanne R Lupton, PhD Department of Animal Science and Nutrition/Texas A & M University
  • Anastassios G. Pittas, MD, Tufts-New England Medical Center
  • Barbara Rolls, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
  • Allison A. Yates, PhD, RD, Environ Health Sciences Institute
  • Beth Yetley, PhD Office of Dietary Supplements/ National Institutes of Health.

Speaker biographies and the full two-day program may be found on the conference web site at http://nutrition.tufts.edu/conferences/symposium/

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans are published every five years by the Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture. They are the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs and provide concise information about healthy diet and reducing risk of serious chronic disease.

The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University is the only school of nutrition in the United States. Degree programs include Basic and Clinical Nutrition, Applied Nutrition, and Communications and Policy.

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