Hot Topics at 2017 FNCE

September 19, 2017

CHICAGO – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2017 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo will feature educational sessions devoted to key food and nutrition issues, showcasing cutting-edge research, policy and advocacy and spirited debates. FNCE® will be held October 21 to 24 in Chicago, Ill.

Hot topics scheduled to be covered in sessions at the conference include nutrigenomics, the use of cannabis in medical nutrition therapy, nutritional career paths, malnutrition, food fraud and the intestinal microbiome in undernutrition.

For the news media, the Academy's annual conference is the best opportunity to meet and hear directly from leading sources on the latest in nutrition science research and its everyday applications; current developments in policy and legislation; food and nutrition education trends; and the newest products to hit the marketplace.

All sessions will be held at McCormick Place West and are open to members of the news media who have registered to cover the Academy's conference. To pre-register for media credentials and learn more, visit

Below are a sample of more than 130 educational sessions to be held at the Academy's conference. For more information and a complete listing of all sessions, visit Sessions, times and rooms are subject to change.

Going Green: Use of Medical Cannabis in Medical Nutrition Therapy

Sunday, October 22, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (Room W375 CDE)

The use of medical marijuana to treat specific chronic conditions will be explored using evidence-based research on the benefits, risks and applications in various conditions as part of an integrative nutrition therapy plan.

Building Healthier Futures: The First 1000 Days

Sunday, October 22, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (Room W184 ABCD)

The effects of malnutrition during a woman's pregnancy until her child's second birthday can last a lifetime. This session will highlight how to build healthier futures with leaders from the 1,000 Days project, which works on policy and funding opportunities to ensure mothers and their children are adequately nourished.

Hot Career Paths in Nutrition: Expert Panel

Monday, October 23, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (Room W183 ABC)

Learn from four outstanding nutrition and dietetics professionals who have taken their careers in exciting, non-traditional directions. The expert panel includes entrepreneurs working in media, home-delivered meals, business consulting and training and telehealth.

Food Fraud: What's on My Plate, What's in It and Is It Safe

Monday, October 23, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (Room W375 B)

Food fraud leads to mistrust of the food service industry as a whole. This session will explain food fraud, identify foods prone to fraud and adulterations, explain DNA testing in the detection of species mislabeling and discuss how standards are set for food ingredients.

The Intestinal Microbiome in Undernutrition: Cause, Effect or Both?

Tuesday, October 24, 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (Room W375 B)

Undernutrition is one of the most pressing global health challenges, contributing to about half of all deaths in children under five. This presentation will summarize observational studies that highlight differences in the composition and function of gut microbiota between undernourished and healthy children.

How Nutritional Genomics Affects You in Nutrition Research and Practice

Tuesday, October 24, noon – 1:30 p.m. (Room W375A)

Nutritional genomics is the interaction between diet and genes and is one important part of efforts to ultimately develop personalized nutritional recommendations. Speakers will provide evidence-based examples of how genetic variation affects nutrient requirements and how foods affect gene expression and will introduce nutritional genomics concepts.


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