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136. Scientific Integrity: How Can Science Overcome the Current Environment of Distrust?

Sunday, October 21
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

As a renowned scientific professional society, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognizes the importance of scientific integrity to its members and to the public’s trust in science. Therefore, the Academy participated in a Scientific Integrity Consortium, representing four United States and three Canadian government agencies, 11 professional societies, six universities, and three nonprofit scientific organizations. The Consortium was assembled to develop a set of principles and best practices for scientific integrity. This session will summarize the principles and best practices and give context to their development. The session will also present findings from a retrospective cross-sectional study aimed at identifying opportunities for improvement in food and nutrition research by examining risk of bias domains defined by the Cochrane Collaboration (Selection, Performance, Detection, Attrition, and Reporting). Variables studied included publication year, research type, and specific design, funder, and overall quality rating.

Planned in Coordination with International Life Sciences Institute North America and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1050 - Ethics
  • 1070 - Leadership, critical and strategic thinking
  • 9020 - Evaluation and application of research

Alison Kretser, MS, RD

Alison Kretser, MS, RD, Director, Science Programs, International Life Sciences Institute North America. Ms. Kretser has over 25 years of experience working in the field of nutrition and health. At ILSI North America, Ms. Kretser has responsibility for the organization’s work on scientific integrity and staff management of the food safety programs. She serves as the project director for the public-private partnership “A Partnership for Public Health: USDA Branded Food Products Database.” ILSI North America is a public, non-profit, scientific, foundation that advances the understanding and application of science related to the nutritional quality and safety of the food supply. ILSI North America is primarily funded by the food industry. Ms. Kretser received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science degree in nutrition from Syracuse University.

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Deepa Handu, PhD, RD, LDN

Deepa Handu, PhD, serves as a Senior Scientific Director for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library. She has methodological expertise in conducting systematic reviews and quantitative analysis in the field of nutrition. In her position at the Academy, she has led the development of systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines, and conducted research to improve evidence-based methods.. Dr. Handu previously has served as the DI Director at Hines VA Hospital, Director of the Master's program at Benedictine University, and Assistant Professor at Loyola University. Dr. Handu’s research interests lie in the areas of evidence-based methods/research methodology, public health nutrition, youth overweight/obesity, and diabetes. Her work has been published in refereed journals, she has published a book on Research Methodology, and has delivered numerous professional presentations. Dr. Handu earned her Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University.

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Esther Myers, PhD, RDN, FAND

Esther Myers in an internationally known author, lecturer, educator and researcher in dietetics and evidence analysis. She is President of International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND). Esther is also CEO of EF Myers Consulting, Inc and Director of Nutrition Care Professionals, Pty, Ltd. Her consulting focuses on international practice-based research, evidence analysis, Nutrition Care Process and Model (NCPM) and Nutrition Care Process Terminology (NCPT). Dr Myers was instrumental in the promoting research and the development of the Nutrition Care Process and Model and the NCPT, the Evidence Analysis Library and Dietetics Practice-Based Research Network (DPBRN), during her 11 year tenure as Chief Science Officer for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Prior to working at AND, Dr Myers retired from the United States Air Force after 25 years. Her USAF career culminated in serving as the Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General for Nutrition and Dietetics. Esther graduated from Kansas State University, Ohio State University, and North Dakota State University.

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Alison Kretser, MS, RD

Alison Kretser, MS, RD, Director, Science Programs, International Life Sciences Institute North America. Ms. Kretser has over 25 years of experience working in the field of nutrition and health. At ILSI North America, Ms. Kretser has responsibility for the organization’s work on scientific integrity and staff management of the food safety programs. She serves as the project director for the public-private partnership “A Partnership for Public Health: USDA Branded Food Products Database.” ILSI North America is a public, non-profit, scientific, foundation that advances the understanding and application of science related to the nutritional quality and safety of the food supply. ILSI North America is primarily funded by the food industry. Ms. Kretser received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science degree in nutrition from Syracuse University.

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