Within ASN, there are three councils, each of which sponsors sessions at EB: the Global Nutrition Council (GNC), the Medical Nutrition Council (MNC), and the Nutritional Sciences Council (NSC). The GNC focuses on nutrition as it relates to developing countries and underprivileged populations. The MNC serves researchers who study nutrition in the context of health and disease, especially in clinical settings. Finally, the NSC is geared toward research in basic sciences, including genetic research, and its application to humans and experimental animal species.
· Nutrition and Cognitive and Neurological Outcomes: This minisymposium will feature research into the relationship between nutrition and cognition. Micronutrients such as iodine and iron play a very important role in the brain development of infants and young children, starting in utero. However, there are many additional factors that affect children’s development, and researchers are still trying to identify the most effective nutrition interventions to promote mental development in children.
· Do We Need Preconception Nutrition Interventions to Improve Birth Outcomes Beyond the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects?: This symposium will discuss preconception interventions, such as giving micronutrient supplements to women even before they become pregnant, and their potential impact. Adverse birth outcomes like pre-term birth, low birth weight, and even neonatal death are still all too common around the world, and researchers are trying to find ways to prevent them.
· Approaches to Account for the Effects of Inflammation on Nutrient Biomarkers: In this symposium, researchers from the Biomarkers Reflecting Inflammation and Nutrition Determinants of Anemia (BRINDA) project will share their latest findings. There is a preview on the ASN blog.
· Nutrition and Inflammation: This minisymposium will go into more detail with some of the BRINDA data, looking at inflammation and biomarkers of vitamin A and iron. This session is sponsored by the MNC, so it will be more focused on the clinical applications of this research.
Check back in next week to read more about each of these sessions!