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2017 Symposium


Healthy Aging, the Natural Consequences of Good Nutrition

CRN-I Symposium:
Saturday, 2 December, 0800 – 1700
Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz Hotel

CRN-I Reception:
Sunday, 3 December, 1830 – 2100
H4 Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz (the CCNFSDU host hotel)

The Council for Responsible Nutrition-International (CRN-I) Scientific Symposium will be held on Saturday, 2 December 2017 at the Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz Hotel in the city center close to Schönefeld and Tegel airports. An additional reception will take place Sunday, 3 December from 1830 – 2100 at the H4 Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz. Both events are convenient to the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) meeting taking place 4–8, December at the H4 Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz.



Subject to Change

07:00 – 08:00 am

Continental Breakfast

08:00 – 08:20 am

Recap of 2016 “Optimal Nutrition”

Andrew Shao, Ph.D.
Independent Consultant

08:20 – 08:40 am

Intro/Overview – Overarching "Multi-year" Theme: Exploring “Optimal Nutrition”

Dan Marsman, Ph.D.
P&G Healthcare, Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Procter and Gamble

What is “healthy aging” and how would one measure it?

08:40 – 09:15 am

Quantification of Biological Aging:
A Frontier for Evaluating Interventions to Extend Human Healthspan

Dan Belsky, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

09:15 – 09:50 am

Additional Perspective, Title TBA

Dr. Ritu Sadana
Senior Health Advisor within the Department of Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization (WHO)


09:50 –10:25 am

Diet, Microbiome and Longevity of Health


10:25 – 10:40 am


10:40 – 11:15 am

Cross-cultural Approaches to Biomarkers for Healthy Aging

Mary Ann Johnson, Ph.D.
Flatt Professor in Foods and Nutrition, Associate Director of Gerontology, and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Obesity and Weight Management, University of Georgia

11:15 – 11:55 am

Panel Discussion

11:55 am – 13:25 pm


What is the public health impact of nutrition on the “quality of life”?

13:25 pm – 14:00 pm

Life in the Margins: The Health Impact of Nutrient Insufficiency

Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.
CEO, Integrative Medicine Concepts, LLC

14:00 – 14:35 pm

Additonal Perspective, Title TBA

Sandrine Pigat
Head of Food & Nutrition at Créme Global, Ireland

14:35 – 15:10 pm

Additional Perspective, Title TBA


15:10 – 15:45 pm

Additional Perspective, Title TBA

Simin Nikbin Meydani, D.V.M, Ph.D.
Vice Provost of Research, Tufts University, U.S.

15:45 – 16:00 pm


16:00 – 16:40 pm

Panel discussion

16:40 – 17:00 pm


James C. Griffiths, Ph.D.
Vice President, Scientific & International Affairs, CRN, U.S.


Contact Maya English (menglish@crnusa.org) with questions.