Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) to present translational research at unique Keystone Symposia meeting on nutrition in Beijing

  • Keystone Symposia meeting on ‘Human Nutrition, Environment and Health’ to bring together leading experts to discuss how biomedical research, pharmaceuticals and diagnosis can maintain and enhance people’s health

  • The event will be the first of its kind to present truly interdisciplinary and translational approaches to nutrition and health research

  • NIHS is central in convening thought leaders and international organisations for this meeting, driven by Nestlé’s aim to solve global nutrition, health and wellness challenges

  • NIHS, which is focused on innovating scientific methods and solutions to make research more precise and actionable for patients and consumers, will present its latest research across a range of topics

  • NIHS was asked to assemble and edit a special ‘Topical Collection on Systems Health and Nutrition’ of the journal “Genes and Nutrition”; this will be distributed at the meeting

Beijing, China, October 15th  2015 - On October, 14-18,  the first of its kind Keystone Symposia meeting on ‘Human Nutrition, Environment and Health,’ will take place in Beijing, China. The meeting will gather thought leaders and international organisations from different disciplines to discuss the scientific basis of how diet and environment affects personal and public health. This unique event will aim to make nutrition and health research truly translational and interdisciplinary.

This conference is the first ever Keystone Symposia opportunity for nutritionists, clinicians, ‘omics’ scientists, systems and molecular biologists, biochemists and diagnostic specialists to gather under one roof. The event will develop a better understanding of how nutrition works in relation to health, delivering new concepts that will ensure that nutrition plays a key role in maintaining health.

The scientific agenda for this unique event, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and sponsored by NIHS, in conjunction with the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), has been driven in collaboration by NIHS scientists Martin Kussmann and Jim Kaput, as well as Hannelore Daniel, from the Technical University of Munich, in Germany, and Jacqueline Pontes Monteiro, from the University of San Paolo, in Brazil.

“This meeting is a significant milestone in nutrition and health research. Holding the meeting in Beijing is important because many of the key demographic and health care challenges manifest at a large scale in China and greater Asia” explains Professor Martin Kussmann, Head of Molecular Biomarkers at the NIHS. Kussmann will also present on ‘omics-rooted systems studies of human phenotypes’ and is joined by his NIHS colleague, Dr Jim Kaput, who will provide an important update on enabling nutrient security and sustainability through systems research.

NIHS is also involved in collaborations that have produced exciting research that will be presented at the Beijing meeting, including:

  • ‘Why certain people age to 100+ years while remaining healthy (Claudio Franceschi, University of Bologna, Italy)
  • How the need for micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and essential amino and fatty acids) vary with genetic makeup (Jacqueline Pontes Monteiro, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil)
  • How personalized nutrition can increase the chances of survival and recovery in critical patients (Juan B. Ochoa, Nestlé Health Science, USA)

Furthermore, as well as being co-sponsored, the Keystone Symposia meeting in Beijing will also be linked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “Grand Challenges” meeting, which will share a joint session on October 18. Linking these international meetings allows an important opportunity to address key global health and development problems. The Grand Challenges meeting will focus on global nutrition, agricultural sustainability and health, key areas for Nestlé and its commitment to Nutrition, Health and Wellness.

The NIHS commitment to making its research broadly available by publishing in peer-reviewed journals and presenting at international conferences will also be highlighted at the Keystone Symposia on diabetes, in Kyoto, Japan (October 25-29th).


For enquiries, please contact:
Laura Camurri, Communications, NIHS
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