The term ultra-processed foods often ignites strong opinions and even controversies. JPI HDHL is organising a webinar with key experts on the topic, to shine a more balanced light on ultra-processed foods from various perspectives and to explore the latest scientific insights into health, equity and sustainability. Questions such as what are the advantages and disadvantages? What is the role of ultra-processed foods from a health equity perspective?
These and more will be addressed during the upcoming JPI HDHL webinar.
Prof. John Mathers
Newcastle University, Human Nutrition
Biography: John Mathers is Professor of Human Nutrition in Newcastle University. He was an undergraduate in Newcastle University, then undertook postgraduate training in University of Cambridge where he completed the Diploma in Nutrition and PhD and undertook post-doctoral research. After a short time in University of Edinburgh, he returned to Newcastle University. There he set up the B.Sc. in Food and Human Nutrition degree programme and the Human Nutrition Research Centre which he directed from 1994 until 2022.
His major research interests are in understanding how eating patterns influence risks of age-related diseases including heart disease, diabetes, dementia, bowel cancer and musculoskeletal diseases. This includes studies of the underlying mechanisms and investigation of lifestyle-based interventions to reduce disease risk and to enhance healthy ageing. He has had a long-term interest in the effects of dietary fibre on function and health.
Among his external roles, John was President of the Nutrition Society and serves/ served on grants panels and/or research strategy boards for the MRC, BBSRC, ESRC, WCRF and others. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the British Nutrition Foundation and a Trustee of the Rank Prize Funds. In addition, John chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the Joint Programming Initiative, a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life. Since 2019, John has been Editor-in-Chief of the British Journal of Nutrition.
Dr. Kevin Hall
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institute of Health
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Prof. Carlos Augusto Monteiro
School of Public Health, University of Sao Paulo
Biography: Carlos A. Monteiro, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Nutrition and Public Health at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. His research interests include new methods to assess diet quality, epidemiology of all forms of malnutrition, dietary determinants of non-communicable diseases, and food processing and human health. On these subjects, he has published more than 250 journal articles that had more than 22,000 citations in the Web of Science (H index: 72). He has served on numerous national and international nutrition expert panels and committees and, since 2010, he is a member of the WHO Nutrition Expert Advisory Group.
Prof. Edith Feskens
Global Nutrition, Wageningen University & Research
Biography: Prof. Edith Feskens (Breda, 1962) obtained her MSc degree in Human Nutrition from Wageningen University in 1987. In the same year she started her PhD at Leiden University, at the department of Social Medicine under supervision of prof. Daan Kromhout. She received her PhD degree in 1991 (‘epidemiological studies on glucose tolerance – dietary determinants and cardiovascular consequences’). She continued to work at the RIVM (National Institute of Public Health and the Environment) until 2005 in various roles such as head of the unit of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Epidemiology. She was involved in ao the Zutphen Study and EU projects on obesity and diabetes, such as Diogenes and InterAct.
In 2005 she was appointed as associate professor at the chair group of Nutritional Epidemiology at Wageningen University, and in 2008 she became personal professor in Nutrition and the Metabolic syndrome. In 2015 she was appointed as chair of Nutrition and Health over the Lifecourse, and subsequently chair of Global Nutrition in 2018.
She currently is ao. co-director of the Gerrit Grijns Initiative and theme leader at OnePlanet. She is certified supervisor in Epidemiology and in Nutrition Sciences. Until November 2022 she was Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of JPI HDHL. In December 2022 she was elected as Council Member of the IUNS (International Union of Nutritional Sciences).
Since January 2019 the combined lifestyle intervention for the prevention of type 2 diabetes (SLIMMER) that was developed by her and her team over the period 1998-2018, is included in the Dutch basic health insurance; a true milestone. Currently, she focuses on combatting malnutrition in all its forms, globally and in particular in low and middle-income countries, and including trade-offs with sustainability.
15th of June 2023, 14.30 - 16.00 CEST
Register for the event via this link.