AWorkshop Agenda

Nutritional Risk Assessment: Bridging Perspectives, Sharing Methodologies, Identifying Data Challenges

The National Academies

2100 C Street, NW

Washington, D.C.

February 28–March 1, 2007

Objective: The workshop will serve as a forum for experts on various disciplines to:

  • discuss the strengths and challenges in using risk assessment tools to inform dietary and nutritional recommendations,
  • explore the use of risk assessment tools to evaluate standards for nutrient intake and the relationship of diet and nutrition to chronic disease risk, and
  • identify next steps necessary to advance in these areas.

DAY 1—NAS AUDITORIUM

INTRODUCTION

SESSION 1 RISK ASSESSMENT AND NUTRITION: BUILDING PERSPECTIVES

Moderator

Laina Bush, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

SESSION 2 SHARING METHODOLOGIES: CURRENT USES OF NUTRITIONAL RISK ASSESSMENT

Questions:

  1. How have different groups used risk assessment methodologies to establish upper intake levels?
  2. What are the data gaps to assess risk from excess nutrient intakes and establish better upper nutrient intake levels?
  3. Can risk assessment tools help in establishing nutrient requirments? If so, what tools would be useful?

Moderator: Molly Kretsch, USDA

DAY 2—Lecture Room

SESSION 3 SHARING METHODOLOGIES: DIET/FOOD PATTERNS AND HEALTH OUTCOMES

Questions:

  • 4. What are the challenges encountered when establishing relationships between diet/food consumption patterns and health or risk of disease?
  • 5. What approaches are currently used to establish diet/food consumption patterns and health or risk of disease relationships?
  • 6. What kind of risk assessment tools and models could be best used or adapted for evaluating associations between nutrition and health or disease risks?
  • 7. How should nutritional studies be designed in order to provide information and data useful for nutritional risk assessments?

Moderator: Michael Doyle

SESSION 4 IDENTIFYING DATA NEEDS AND OVERCOMING CHALLENGES

Questions:

  • What is the future potential contribution to nutrition risk assessment of new methods for describing population variability with regard to nutrient bioavailability, and physiological and or genomic responses to nutrients and food components?
  • What is the future potential contribution to nutrition risk assessment of new methods for quantitatively describing population variability regarding food and nutrient intake levels?
  • What are the current status and future needs for food composition data to meet the challenges of nutrition risk assessment?

Moderator: Bob Buchanan, FDA

SESSION 5 WRAP-UP: PERSPECTIVES ON CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

Moderator: Bob Buchanan, Food and Drug Administration