Nordic Nutrition Congress 2016

Speakers

Jessica Ahlin

Have a bachelor in nutrition at Stockholms University/Karolinska Institute and a masters degree in toxicology at the same university (graduated during the summer of 2015). Performed a masters’ thesis on the importance of the Keyhole symbol at the  Swedish National Food Agency, where she was also eployed as a project leader for the evaluation of the work process of NNR 2012. Since recently employed as a Quality Assurance Officer at AstraZeneca.

Rikke Andersen

Senior Researcher in the Risk-Benefit Research Group at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. Her main scientific focus areas are vitamin D, human randomized controlled trials (RCT), cross-sectional studies, dietary assessments, risk-benefit analysis of food, and biomarkers. Was one of the reviewers of the systematic literature review on Vitamin D, NNR2012. Is board member of the Danish Nutrition Society.

Anne Marie Beck

PhD and docent at the Nutrition & Health education, Metropolitan University College, DK-Copenhagen, including a part time position as a senior researcher at Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, Herlev and Gentofte University Hospital, DK-Gentofte. Anne Marie Beck has made several scientific contributions to the impact of undernutrition on the functional abilities of old people and the benefits of nutritional interventions, in relation to quality of life and cost-effectiveness. Her specific focuses at present is the development of highly nutritious meals and the exploring of food sensory issues among old people receiving meals-on-wheels; the effect of protein intake on different outcomes in relation to geriatric patients and challenges in relation to cross-sector nutritional support.

She has been involved in all editions of the official Danish recommendations for meals and diets in institutions, including the most recent one from 2015.

Wulf Becker

Chief nutritionist, professor, at Risk-Benefit Assessment Department, National Food Agency, Uppsala. Main work areas are risk-benefit assessments of dietary exposures, nutrition recommendations and dietary surveys. Chair of the Nordic working group responsible for the 5th edition of Nordic Nutrition Recommendations.

Elling Bere 

Biologist from University of Bergen (2000) with a PhD in public health nutrition from University of Oslo (2004). Currently he is a professor at University of Agder in public health science. He was a member of the Norwegian nutrition council from 2008 to 2012. Bere has published almost 100 papers, mainly in the area of public health nutrition and physical activity. He has a great interest in sustainable diets and active transportation.

Ingvar Bosaeus

Consultant physician at the Clinical Nutrition Unit, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden since 1994. He was appointed Associate Professor in 1992 and Adjunct Professor in Clinical Nutrition, Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg in 2000. He has been author or co-author of about 175 peer reviewed publications and several book chapters. His current research interests are mainly in the fields of body composition, energy and nutrient metabolism, and effects of nutrition therapy.

Tommy Cederholm

His research focuses energy, fat and protein interactions with disease, catabolism, inflammation, body composition and nutritional status in old adults, chronically ill subjects and patients with dementia. He is head of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden. He is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine and works part-time as a senior consultant in geriatrics at Uppsala University Hospital. Professor Cederholm’s research production includes around 200 peer-reviewed articles. He serves the National Food Administration in their Expert Council for Food and Health. He was in the organizing committees of the ESPEN Congresses in Stockholm 1999 and Gothenburg 2011. Cederholm is the current treasurer of ESPEN and member of ESPEN Executive Committee, the former chairman of SWESPEN, and previously at the board of the Swedish Geriatric Society.

Lisbeth Dahl

Nutritionist who did her PhD work on dietary iodine intake and iodine status of Norwegians. She works at the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES) in Bergen, Norway. 

 Isabel Drake

Postdoctoral researcher in epidemiology at the Department of Clinical Sciences in Malmö (Lund University) where she is working in Professor Marju Orho-Melander’s research group. Isabel received her PhD in public health (nutritional epidemiology) in 2014 at Lund University and has a background in medical sciences (BSc), molecular biology (MSc) and public health (MPH). Using data from the prospective Malmö Diet and Cancer Study, her research focuses on the role of dietary patterns, lifestyle, cardio-metabolic traits, circulating biomarkers, and genetic factors in the etiology of chronic diseases, in particular cancer.

Mikael Fogelholm

Professor, nutritionist by basic education. He graduated from the University of Helsinki in 1985 and defended his doctor’s thesis in 1992. He has been in Maastricht University, in the Netherlands, as a post doc researcher in 1993. After that he has worked in Finland as a senior researcher and director at the UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research, as a Director for Research and Development at the Helsinki University Palmenia Centre for Research and Continuing Education, and as a Director of the Health Research Unit and the Academy of Finland. Mikael’s main research interest has been in the interaction between diet, physical activity and obesity. At present, he is, among many other commitments, a member of the National Nutrition Council in Finland and the Project Group for the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations. He has 143 peer reviewed publications (original research papers and reviews). 

Lene Frost Andersen

Professor in dietary research at the University of Oslo. Her research focus has been on development and evaluation of dietary assessment methods, biological markers, food composition database and software systems to facilitate data collection and analysis. Moreover to study patterns of energy, food and nutrient intake, eating and meal patterns among Norwegian infants, toodlers, preschoolers, schoolchildren and adults to understand these patterns in relation to age, gender, educational level, smoking, body weight etc.

Ingibjorg Gunnarsdottir

Professor, head of the Unit for Nutrition Research at the University of Iceland and Landspitali National University Hospital, and chief nutritionist at the department of Clinical Nutrition at Landspitali. Her main research interest is nutrition and growth in early life, pregnancy and infancy. She was a member of the working group responsible for the 5th edition of Nordic Nutrition Recommendations and has co-authored 65 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

Berti L Heitman

Professor. Defended her PhD thesis in February 1993. Between 1996-98 she was president of The Danish Association for the Study of Obesity. From 2001 to 2015 she was a director for reserch, (and 2011-2012 acting Director) of the Institute of Preventive Medicine and currently a director for Research Unit for Dietary Studies at the Parker Institute, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals - a part of Copenhagen University Hospital. Professor Heitmann’s main areas of expertise include diet and the determinants and consequences of obesity. Professor Heitmann has published over 250 scientific peer-reviewed papers.

Gregers Hummelmose

Currently employed as head of section at the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Division for Diet and Nutrition (part of the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark). He received a MSc degree in human geography from University of Copenhagen in 2001 and in addition completed the minor subject program in physical education at the same university in 2002. Also, he holds a certificate from The Danish University Consortium on sustainable land use and natural resource management. He has been working as a secretary for the Nordic Working Group for Diet, Nutrition and Toxicology under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers since 2008. The working group is responsible for the implementation of The Nordic Action Plan for improved health and quality of life through food and physical activity and involved in the work related to the Nordic Nutrition Recommendation and the Nordic Monitoring of diet, physical activity and overweight. Since 2012 he has coordinated the ministry's work to promote sustainable organic food consumption in public as well as private kitchens. He likes to work in the area of interface between human nutrition, environmental issues and sustainability and examine the possibilities of getting these agendas to merge.

Agneta Hörnell

Professor of Food and Nutrition at Umeå University, Sweden (http://www.kost.umu.se/). Her research interests include different aspects of food and health in children and ‘meals for many’ (e.g. school meals and food for elderly). She is PI for the Nordic school meal project ProMeal (Prospects for Promoting Health and Performance by School Meals in Nordic Countries). She is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Federation of Associations of Dietitians (EFAD); and of the Swedish Food Administration’s expert group of nutrition and public health, as well as the Swedish National Breastfeeding Committee. She was also chair of the expert group for children 0-18 y in the 5th revision of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations.

Erika Isolauri

Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Turku, and Chief Physician of Department of Paediatrics at Turku University Hospital and Head of the Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku, Finland. She has received Academic Honours from University of Tampere, Finland; the John Harris Prize from European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition; the Niilo Hallman price from the Foundation for Paediatric Research, Finland; an award from Institut Candia 1993 (France) and International Award for Modern Nutrition, Swiss Central Nutrition Association. She has given the Marvin L. Dixon Memorial Lecture at Harvard Combined Program in Pediatric GI&Nutrition Unit, Children´s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, the Martin Rosenhead Lecture (The Foundation of Allergy Research), Royal Society of Medicine, London, United Kingdom; the Nanna Svartz Lecture, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; and the Tissier Price Lecture at the Japan Bifidus Foundation. In 2010 she received the The IDF Elie Metchnikoff Prize 2010 in the category Nutrition and Health (together with Professor Seppo Salminen). In 2016, she received the Matti Äyräpää Award from The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim. She has supervised 23 doctoral theses (PhD) and acted as Opponent at the University of Helsinki and the University of Tampere, Finland; Université Paris XI, France, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and Wageningen Unversity, The Netherlands. Her Major Research Interests are: Gastroenterology, food allergy; Nutrition and Immunology. She is the leader of the Nutrition, Allergy, Mucosal Immunology and Intestinal Microbiota (NAMI) programme. Author of 426 scientific publications, she has written 255 original publications, 107 Review articles/ Chapters in books and 64 Scientific articles in Finnish. In addition she has 160 Invited Lectures in International Academic Meetings. H-index 75 (January, 2016).

Knut-Inge Klepp

Ph.D. MPH. The Executive Director of Mental and Physical Health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Klepp served as the Director General for Public Health at the Norwegian Directorate of Health from 2006 to 2015), and he is an adjunct professor at the University of Oslo where he was a full professor in public health nutrition from 1996 to 2006. Klepp has published more than 250 papers in peer reviewed journals, and he has coordinated and served as investigator on a large number of European Union funded research project. From 2008 until this year, Klepp chaired the WHO Euro member state action network on reducing marketing pressure on children. He has previously been the chair of the Norwegian National Council on Nutrition and Physical Activity. Klepp is an inaugural member of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, and he served as its president from 2010 to 2011.

Tiina Laatikainen 

Professor of Health Promotion in the Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition in the Medical Faculty of the University of Eastern Finland and the Research Professor in the Health Department of the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland (THL). She also has an affiliation to Flinders University, Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health (GGT UDRH), School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australia as a professor (Academic level E). Director of the Department of Chronic Disease Prevention at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) from 2009 to 2012. Head of Chronic Disease Prevention Unit (2005-2008) in the National Public Health Institute (KTL), which after merger with STAKES became THL in 2009. She has had an affiliation to KTL as a researcher since her graduation in the Medical Faculty of the University of Helsinki in 1996. In 2004, she worked as a senior lecturer in the Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health (Deakin and Flinders Universities) in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia. Research and expert functions have concerned mainly epidemiology and prevention of main public health problems such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, memory disorders, asthma and allergy. She has coordinated several large population based surveys nationally and internationally and has been closely involved in the national and international working groups developing methodology of health monitoring. Also use of administrative health registers as source of research and surveillance data is very familiar for her. She has also long-term expertise in developing and conducting evidence-based lifestyle interventions. She has over 220 peer reviewed research papers. Has served in a number of scientific, expert and public health functions (internationally and domestically), WHO's work and multinational projects. She has since 2002 coordinated the work of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Monitoring in Finland. MD degree and PhD in epidemiology and public health. She has title of docent in public health from the University of Helsinki in 2007. Her thesis was awarded as the best thesis on population health research in 2001 by the Väinö Kannisto Foundation.

Christel Lamberg-Allardt

Professor whose Research has focused mainly on vitamin D, calcium and lately, phosphorus in relation to calcium and bone metabolism. Her research group uses and has used a variety of research approaches: epidemiological studies, long and short term human intervention studies, animal studies and cell studies. This has resulted in near to 160 peer-review publications and numerous other publications. She has and has had many important academic positions and is constantly asked for expertise in different contexts both nationally and internationally. Recently, she was heading the groups which wrote the systematic reviews for the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations for vitamin D and for calcium and is now engaged as a working group member in the development of the European dietary reference values for vitamin D as well as other vitamins. Professor Christel Lamberg-Allardt is working at the department of Food and Environmental Sciences and heads her own research group, the Calcium Research Unit at the University of Helsinki.

Ingrid Larsson

Nutritionist PhD. Has her focus in treatment-based research of severely obese adult patients were the main aim is to improve non-surgical obesity treatment at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. She has also been engaged in several systematic review projects in the field of methods of preventing disease, obesity and nutrition at The National Board of Health and Welfare, The Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment, The Health Technology Assessment Center at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and at the Swedish Nutrition Foundation in Sweden. Ingrid is also am member of the expert group in nutrition and public health at the National Food Agency in Sweden. Ingrid Larsson is also supervising students on master- and PhD-levels and lecturing at several education programs including the dietetic program at Gothenburg University, Sweden.

Elin Lövestam

A Swedish registered dietitian and PhD, whose research mainly concerns the dietetic professional role in relation to clinical documentation and the Nutrition Care Process. Her current research at the Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics at Uppsala University addresses the Nutrition Care Process and standardized dietetic language implementation in Sweden.

Helle Margrete Meltzer

Has a PhD in nutrition from the University of Oslo 1995. She is Research Director in the Domain of Infection Control and Environmental Health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. She has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of nutrition and toxicology. Her main research comprises biomarkers of dietary nutrient and toxic compounds in addition to diet and mother and child health. In recent years she has become deeply engaged in issues connected to sustainability, climate, health and food.

Lena Maria Nilsson

Research coordinator at the Arctic Research Centre at Umeå university, Umeå, Sweden, has a PhD in public health (2012), with her thesis focusing on traditional Sami lifestyle factors as determinants of public health. An important research interest is dietary triggers of low-grade inflammation within the NSHDS (Northern Sweden Health and Disease Study) cohort. Nilsson has also initiated an epidemiological follow-up study based on unique historical survey data on Sami and non-Sami schoolchildren, monitored in northernmost Sweden between 1929 and 1931. During the Swedish chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2011-13 she got involved in an Arctic food and water security project, initiated by the Arctic Human Health Experts Group. So far, this project has resulted in one report, one chapter in the Arctic Resilience Interim Report 2013, and five peer reviewed papers. Nilsson is a member of the steering group of the Nordic Nutrition Epidemiological Network (NEON), secretary of the Nordic Society for Circumpolar Health (NSCH), and a Swedish representative of the nomination committee of the University of the Arctic (UArctic). She is also a board member of the Centre for Sami Research at Umeå university (Vaartoe, CeSam). Based on her broad expertise, Nilsson is often invited to speak to both scientific and public audiences. A list of publications (both peer reviewed and other ones) is available at: http://www.umu.se/sok/personalkatalog/visa-person?uid=leni0002&guise=anst2.

Haakon Mayer

Professor of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the University of Oslo and a Senior Medical Officer at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. An important part of his research has been epidemiological studies on osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures. He has also worked substantially on vitamin D and participated in the expert group on vitamin D in the revision of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations. He chaired the Norwegian National Council for Nutrition in the period 2006-12.

Ambroise Martin

PhD, MD, Professor of Nutrition and biochemistry at the Lyon-Est Medical School, Claude Bernard University, Lyon (France), Biologist (biochemistry) in the East Hospital Group in Lyon, retired from September 2013. Up to 1999, member of the research Unit 189 of the French Institute for health and medical research (Inserm), working on the metabolism of dietary minor sugars for the synthesis of glycoproteins. Then (1999-2004), head of the department for nutrition and risk assessment of the French Food Safety Agency (Afssa, now Anses), for building and coordinating the new expert committees of the French agency, created after the BSE crisis. Coordinator of the French Nutritional recommendations (Apports nutritionnels conseillés pour la population française, 1996-2001). Chair of the scientific committee of the French research program on foods of the French National Research Agency (2006-2008). Member of the Expert Committee on Nutrition of Afssa and of the NDA Panel of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, since 2006, chair of the Panel for 2012-5 and chair of the WG on Dietary Reference Values (DRVs) 2006-2015); still current member of the working group on claims and of the working group on DRVs. Member of the steering Committee of the French national Nutrition and Health Policy since 2001, of the French National Council for foods until 2013 and still current chair of the WG on Nutrition Policy of this Council.

Agnes N Pedersen

Senior adviser, MD, PhD. Main research is devoted to nutritional status in healthy aging and the relation to physical activity and functional ability. Nordic Research of Aging (NORA) has been included in the research. Further experience includes Nordic nutrition recommendations in relation protein and to the elderly and recommendations for the diet in Danish institutions. Advisory tasks have concentrated on nutritional status in healthy aging, including the scientific background for public health information and on prevention of diet-related disease

Mette Peetz-Schou

Mette Peetz-Schou has worked for more than 20 years in the field of nutrition in all types of settings: Conducting public nutrition education campaigns on behalf of the Danish authorities, serving as Nutrition and Innovation manager in a large international company, teaching project management and partnership formation and applied nutrition at an institution of higher learning, and serving as a senior advisor to the industry in a public relations firm. Currently, she serves as senior consultant at the Danish Confederation of Industries. In this capacity she is engaged in food and nutrition policy and has been actively involved in public private partnerships.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Food and Nutrition in Business and Industry from New York University.

 Olli Raitakari

Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine and Director of the Turku University Research Centre of Applied and Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, Turku, Finland. Prof Raitakari is coordinating two large Finnish studies into cardiovascular risk. The national Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study and STRIP dietary intervention study. He has authored >600 publications and contributed to the understanding of pre-clinical development of atherosclerosis in children and young adults, including the effects of diet, life-style, psychological traits, metabolic risk factors, inflammation, hormones and genetic markers.

Eva Roos

Adjunct professor (docent) in nutrition at University of Helsinki, Finland. Have since 2004 a senior research position at Folkhälsan Research Center in health promotion. My research has focused on energy balance-related behaviors (EBRBs), health inequality, and health promotion. At the moment leader of the research project DAGIS (Determinants of Group Inequalities in Healthy Lifestyle among Preschool Children) (www.dagis.fi). The general objective of the DAGIS study is to promote healthy lifestyle among preschool children and staff and to reduce socio-economic inequalities in EBRBs in 3-5-year-old preschool children.

Elisabet Rothenberg

Registered dietitian defending her PhD thesis in 1997 concerning energy and nutrient intake, food habits and energy expenditure in 70-year olds in Gothenburg. She has been working as chief dietitian at Sahlgrenska University Hospital 1997 - 2010. Her special interest is dietary intake and body composition in ageing. She became associate professor at the Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University in 2012. She has been collaborated with The Food and Bioscience unit (The Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology) in several projects aiming to develop texture modified foods. Associate professor Rothenberg has also been working clinically with disease related malnutrition in nursing homes. Currently she has a position as assistant professor at Kristianstad University at department of Food and Meal Science, responsible for the part of the education within food and meal science concerning nutrition and health. She was president in the Swedish association of Clinical Dietitians 2000 - 2016, and on the behalf of European Federation of Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) leading the European Specialist Network of dietitians in geriatric nutrition. She has an extensive experience of involvement in guideline committees and in education activities on different academically levels and also for professionals with in the field of malnutrition. Currently a European study on the knowledge of malnutrition, starvation, cachexia and sarcopenia, and use of terminology accordingly among dietitians in selected European countries and in the ESPEN Guideline Consensus work on terminology. She has been author in several text books within the field of geriatric nutrition.

Ann-Sofie Sandberg

MSc (Food Science), PhD (Clinical Nutrition), dr Techn. Head of the Food and Nutrition Science Division at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg. The major theme in her research is the utilization of biological techniques to improve nutrient properties or physiological function of foods. This includes development of in vitro and in vivo models, analytical methods and human intervention trials. Dr Sandberg has an extensive record in the field of food bioactive compounds and bioavailability of nutrients particularly lipids and minerals. She has co-authored 150 researchers papers in international peer-reviewed journals, which have been cited more than 4770 times and she is on ISI:s list of Highly cited authors in Agricultural Sciences. She has been elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences National Committé for Nutrition and Food Science, the European Academy of Nutritional Sciences, the American Society for Nutrition and she received a honorary doctorate in medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University.

Ursula Schwab

Works as an associate Professor in nutrition therapy at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio campus. She has long experience in teaching nutrition therapy, nutrition related research and clinical work. She has also been involved in updating nutrition recommendations, e.g. the Nordic and Finnish recommendations, as well as national good practice guidelines.

Thorkild IA Sørensen

MD, Dr Med Sci. Professor of metabolic and clinical epidemiology at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research and at the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, and director of the Institute of Preventive Medicine at the Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, Copenhagen. His research area is various aspects of obesity, including genetic and environmental causes, development through the life course, changes in the occurrence with particular focus on the epidemic, characteristics and both immediate and long-term consequences, including morbidity and mortality and effects of changes in body weight on the prognosis.

Randi J Tangvik

Dietitian PhD and leader of National Advisory Unit on Disease-related Malnutrition (NKSU), Oslo University Hospital, established Jan 2015. She has been working at Haukeland University Hospital since 1991 and still does (20%). Since 2006 she has been working with implementation of Bergen nutritional strategy with aim to improve the hospital food and meal services, increase knowledge in clinical nutrition among hospital staff and to implement routines to identify, treat, monitor and communicate the patients’ nutritional status according to guidelines. The work was evaluated and documented by her PhD: Nutritional risk in a university hospital: Challenges and consequences in clinical practice. As leader of NKSU, she works with the same, though at a national level.

Liv Elin Torheim

Professor of Public Health Nutrition at Oslo and Akershus University College (HiOA) and coordinator for the Nordic Network on Education in Public Health Nutrition in the time period 2014-2015. She is also chair of the Norwegian National Nutrition Council. Her research focus and interest concerns maternal and child nutrition, food and nutrition policy, food as a human right and diet and health in immigrant populations. She has been central in developing the study program at bachelor and master level in public health nutrition at HiOA.



Inga Thorsdottir 

Professor in Human Nutrition and current dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Iceland. She is former Director of the Department of Clinical Nutrition and Head of the Unit for Nutrition Research at Landspitali-University Hospital and University of Iceland. Dr. Thorsdottir has also been Chairman of the Icelandic Nutritional Council, and served as an expert for the Icelandic Directorate of Health. Her areas of expertise are in nutrition of vulnerable groups such as infants. She has co-ordinated and participated in a number of international research and development projects, especially in Nordic and European projects. Dr. Thorsdottir has served as an active member on several professional societies and in the working group of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations. Dr. Thorsdottir has been one of the 10 most successful scientific authors in Iceland.

Matti Uusitupa

MD, PhD, Professor of Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics (Emeritus), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio campus, Finland, Rector of the University of Kuopio 2001-2009. Published some 600 original papers and reviews from the field of type 2 diabetes, clinical nutrition, cardiovascular diseases, gene diet interaction, and nutrigenomics. Involved for 20 years in studies on the prevention of type 2 diabetes by changing lifestyles.

Liisa Valsta

Senior scientist, Adjunct Professor, PhD (Human nutrition, Univ. of Helsinki, Finland), MSc in Food Science and Technology/Food Toxicology (Oregon State University, the U.S.). Her research interests have been in dietary interventions studying associations between diet (quality of fat and carbohydrates) and chronic disease risk factors, in dietary monitoring methodologies, food information, as well in nutritional risk assessment. Since 1991, she works as a senior scientist at the National Public Health Institute of Finland (since 2009 the National Institute for Health and Welfare, THL) in the Nutrition Unit. In addition, since 2001, she serves as an Adjunct Professor in Human Nutrition at the University of Helsinki. Between 2009-2014 she served as a senior scientific officer at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Evidence Management Unit (DATA) e.g. coordinating the harmonisation of European dietary surveys through the EFSA EU Menu initiative. Since 2015 she is coordinating the Nordic Food Analyses Network. She has over 100 peer-reviewed and 80 other publications on food composition, human dietary interventions as well as monitoring nutrition and health.

Ola Wallengren

Clinical dietitian and researcher at the clinical nutrition unit at Sahlgrenska University Hospital where he has been since 1999. He received hid PhD in clinical nutrition from the University of Gothenburg in 2012 and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the body composition laboratory, Department of Surgery, Auckland University, in 2014. His main research interests centers on improving nutritional assessment and diet therapy in disease related malnutrition, particularly cancer cachexia. He has a special interest in energy balance and the effect of energy imbalance on human body composition and muscle.

Anna Winkvist

Professor in nutrition at the Dept internal medicine and clinical nutrition, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Winkvist’s research focuses on nutrition and reproduction, where she combines epidemiology and qualitative methodology to investigate for example effects of obesity on the ability to breastfeed, risk factors for pregnancy induced diabetes and possibilities for women to reduce their weight during the postpartum period. Another research focus of Winkvist is nutritional epidemiology. She is Chair of the Steering Committee of the Northern Sweden Diet Database (NSDD) and she evaluates associations between dietary intake and chronic diseases using methodology to capture dietary intake such as dietary pattern analyses and metabolomics.

Mikkel Zöllner Ankarfeldt

Has a strong interest in the link between RCT and observational studies, drivers of efficacy and effectiveness and utility of real world evidence. Graduated as MSc. Public Health with focus on quantitative methods and epidemiology from University of Copenhagen in 2011. PhD from Institute of Preventive Medicine, Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen & University of Copenhagen in 2014. PhD entitled “Reconciling conflicting evidence from observational studies and randomized controlled trials - Exemplified by dietary protein and weight change”. From 2014 to present PostDoc at Novo Nordisk A/S & Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands, taking part of the IMI GetReal project - Real-life data in drug development.

Per Åman

Professor emeritus of Plant Product Science at the Department of Food Science, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. He was Deputy Head of the Department (1996-2002) and Head of the Division of Food Chemistry and Plant Product Science until 2013.He has developed methods for the analyses of dietary fiber components and starch. He has elucidated the structure and properties of different cereal polysaccharides and studied nutritional effects of cell-wall degrading enzymes. He has investigated health effects of cereal carbohydrates and developed biomarkers for whole grain wheat and rye intake (alkylresorcinols). He has supervised 30 PhD students and published around 400 scientific papers.