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16-17 Nov, London - Lipids and Health: Risk, Reward and Revelation

SCI Lipids & Health Conf Nov '15SCI Lipids Group

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Start Date: 16 November 2015

End Date: 17 November 2015

Duration 2 days

Location London

Venue SCI, 14-15 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PS


Lipids typically represent over one third of our dietary intake on the basis of energy content and yet are typically perceived by the general public as having a rather negative effect on our nutritional health and well-being.

This conference will seek to explore the scientific basis behind the many beliefs, myths and paradigms that have come about in the last half century relating to lipid consumption and their effect on health. It will explore the key beneficial contributions that some minor fatty acids, present at relatively low levels in the typical European diet, make to human development and health maintenance.


It will have particular resonance with those involved in the food, health supplements and aquaculture industries. The issue of the levels and mix of lipids consumed by the British population is also a matter of considerable concern to health professionals and regulators in the country - although, in fact, the same issues are replicated in many European countries.

Conference Highlights

CPD points are available for delegates attending this conference.

Risk: This session will cover current science in relation to the health of the consumptions of saturated fats, trans fats and polyunsaturated fatty acids. It will also look at the relative risks of contaminants frequently found in commercial fats and oils, such as 2 MCPD, hexane, heavy metals and dioxin derivatives which will be assessed in relation to their nutritional contribution.

Reward: Beneficial aspects of Omega 3 fatty acid consumption with particular reference to cognitive development of children and including practical advice as to how they can be incorporated in the diet by reluctant recipients.

Revelation: The final session will look at the need for alternative sources of Omega 3 fatty acids due to issues such as fish stock decline. It will look at the incorporation of healthy lipids in new food products in Britain. The bioavailability of healthy fatty acid will be reviewed. Lastly, we will take a look at the relative contribution of dietary fats and refined sugars to the European obesity crisis.


Monday 16 November


Registration and refreshments

11:25 Welcome and opening by Dr Dawn Harper from Embarrassing Bodies, Channel 4 television

Session 1: Risk 1


Saturated fatty acids: friends or foes?
Prof Philippe Legrand, Head of Biochemistry Laboratory, Agrocampus Ouest, France


Different types of dietary fat and risk of heart disease: evidence from human studies
Dr Peter L Zock, Unilever Research & Development, The Netherlands


Flash presentation: EJLST poster prize winner
Ms Ana Pinto, King’s College London, UK


Lunch, exhibition and poster session


Session 2: Risk 2


Fat soluble vitamin reduction in food processing
Dr Marc Pignitter, Department of Nutritional and Physiological Chemistry, University of Vienna, Austria


Should dietary fat guidelines have been introduced? 
Dr Zoe Harcombe, University of the West of Scotland, UK


Neuromuscular function and falls-related fragility fractures; does vitamin D have a role to play?
Dr Claire Minshull, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and University of Edinburgh, UK


Refreshment break, exhibition and poster session


Session 3: Reward 1


DHA and ARA – What do we know and what do we need to know?
Prof Stewart Forsyth, Honorary Professor, Dundee University, Scotland


Practical methods of determining the benefit of LC_PUFA’s to infant formulas
Dr Peter Willatts, School of Psychology, Dundee University, Scotland


A quantum mechanical theory on the role of docosahexaenoic acid in the evolution of neural signaling and brain function
Prof Michael Crawford, Reproductive Physiology, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Imperial College London, UK




Wine reception


Conference dinner

Tuesday 17 November


Conference opening


Mary Enig memorial lecture - trans and sat fats - relative risks!
Mr Eric Enig, Enig Associates, USA


Session 4: Reward 2


The importance of arachidonic acid in brain development
Dr Rob Winwood, DSM Nutritional Products UK and chair of the GOED scientific committee, UK


Fatty acids and childrens' behaviour
Dr Alex Richardson, University of Oxford, UK and Food and Behaviour (FAB) Research Centre for Evidence Based Intervention, Oxford, UK


Refreshment break, exhibition and poster session


Session 5: Revelation 1


Influence of human genetic variation on the biosynthesis, metabolism and impact of polyunsaturated fatty acids
Dr Floyd ’Ski’ Chilton, Dept. of Physiology & Pharmacology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, USA


Manipulation of infant formula lipid composition to increase DHA levels in infants
Dr Bernadette Delplanque, The Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience (Neuro-PSI), Université Paris Sud, France


Lunch, exhibition and poster session


Session 6: Revelation 2


The potential of omega-3 fatty acids for the treatment of brain and spinal cord injury
Dr Adina Michael-Titus, Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, UK


Heterologous synthesis of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in transgenic plants via iterative metabolic engineering: a terrestrial source of fish oils
Prof Jonathan Napier, Dept. of Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection, Rothamsted Research, UK


SCI Lipids Group Hilditch Memorial Lecture
How DHA could modulate cancer cell function
Dr Paola Corsetto, Dept. of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Science, University of Milan, Italy


Refreshment break, exhibition and poster session


Session 7: Revelation 3


Nirvana for Britain: healthy frying
Dr Parkash Kochhar, SCI, Lipids consultant and Oxford Brookes University, UK


Bioavailability of omega 3 fatty acids
Dr Rob Winwood, DSM Nutritional Products UK and chair of the GOED scientific committee, UK


A pragmatic approach to achieving a healthy lipid intake in the general population
Prof Jack Winkler, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition Policy, London Metropolitan University, UK


Conference review - have we rehabilitated healthy lipids?


Closing remarks

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