Academy Addresses Hot Topics at 2018 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo

October 2, 2018

CHICAGO – Climate change, technological advances and human evolution are just a few of the socially relevant topics that food and nutrition professionals from across the world will discuss at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2018 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, October 20 to 23 in Washington, D.C.

The world's largest conference of registered dietitian nutritionists, nutrition science researchers, policy makers, health care providers and industry leaders will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center to strengthen their skills in navigating social issues to improve nutritional health on a global scale.

More than 10,000 attendees will have the opportunity to choose from more than 130 cutting-edge nutrition science research and educational presentations, panel discussions and culinary demonstrations.

FNCE® highlights include:

Integrating Nutrition in Fertility Treatment: The Dietitian's Role in Reproductive Medicine
Sunday, October 21, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Speakers will discuss how improving diet can reduce the need for high-tech fertilization procedures resulting in fewer complications, better outcomes and less complicated pregnancies.

Nutrition Interventions Amidst an Opioid Crisis: The Emerging Role of the RDN
Sunday, October 21, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
This presentation will outline the various roles of the RDN as a member of the treatment team as emerging evidence continues to support the positive impact of nutrition interventions during recovery from alcohol and drug abuse.

2018 Presidents' Lecture: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Health
Sunday, October 21, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Academy President Mary Russell moderates a session about how artificial intelligence will transform the way health care is provided and the skills and experience health care professionals will need to meet the evolving expectations of their patients.

Expert Panel: Nutrition Implications of Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico
Sunday, October 21, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Experts will discuss how natural disasters such as Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017 have affected the populations’ overall nutrition

Regulatory Runaround: Does the Gluten-Free Label Really Protect the Public?
Monday, October 22, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Speakers will discuss the misbranding of some labeled gluten-free foods and the limitations of Allergen Advisory Statements in predicting gluten-contamination in foods.

Using Technology to Make Informed Food Choices
Monday, October 22, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Speakers will discuss how RDNs can help their clients use technology to make informed food choices at the grocery store.

Methods Matter: Research to Improve Accuracy of Children's Dietary Recalls
Tuesday, October 23, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Speakers will discuss strategies that can help children accurately recall their eating habits for reporting purposes.

Healthy Food for a Healthy Planet: The Carbon Footprints of Dietary Choices
Tuesday, October 23, Noon to 1 p.m.
Speakers will discuss greenhouse gas emissions associated with food production and transportation, calculate the carbon footprint of foods and describe the benefits of plant-based diets.

Eligible journalists on assignment are welcome and encouraged to cover the Academy's conference. To pre-register for media credentials, visit To schedule an interview with an Academy Spokesperson or for more information, call 800/877-1600, ext. 4769, or email


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