Evaluating Evidence Standards and Impacts of Inclusion of the Birth to 24-Months/P Population in the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

6:00 AM - 7:45 AM

Location: 304

Sponsored By: Birth to 24-Months and Pregnant Women Industry Coalition

The Dietary Guidelines are the cornerstone of US government efforts to promote health and prevent the onset of chronic disease through diet and nutrition. In an effort to determine the strength of evidence to support inclusion of special populations including infants and children from birth to age 24 months and pregnant and lactating mothers, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) initiated the “B-24/P Project.” This hot topic session showcases the methodology and evidence standards being used to decide whether evidence is sufficient to include this age group in future editions of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Also essential to the conversation, discussion on food pattern modeling and methodology for developing questions and executing systematic reviews for infant’s birth to 24 months will be reviewed. There is an absence of large randomized controlled trials and, thus, many data gaps exist. What do we currently know about early childhood nutrition, and how can we develop policies that will positively impact the population? How will the inclusion of these special populations in guidelines impact existing nutrition policies and programs? Join us for presentations from leading scientists and policy-makers as well as an interactive panel discussion, only at Nutrition18.


Lindsay Y. Datlow, MS, RD

Senior Director of Food Policy & Scientific Affairs
Food Directions LLC


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Taylor C. Wallace, PhD

Principal Consultant
Think Healthy Group, LLC


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J. Thomas Brenna, PhD

Professor, Pediatrics
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Tom Brenna, PhD, was appointed in 2017 as Professor of Pediatrics, of Human Nutrition, and of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, after 27 years as a Professor of Human Nutrition, and of Food Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. His group’s basic research into the chemical, biochemical, metabolic, genetic and ecological aspects of fatty acids have had a decisive influence on modern knowledge of these key nutrients. His group discovered a specific polymorphism in fatty acid desaturase 2 (FADS2) that controls endogenous synthesis of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) and drives human evolutionary adaptation. Their work has transformed our understanding of the LCPUFA biochemical pathways. In addition to being a Δ6-desaturase, his group showed that FADS2 is a Δ4-desaturase directly synthesizing omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). They characterized how saturated palmitic acid (16:0) can compete for FADS2-mediated desaturation with PUFA substrates 18:2n-6 and 18:3n-3, a finding that suggests how excess de novo saturated fat synthesis may inhibit LCPUFA synthesis, thereby creating a demand for dietary LCPUFA. His group has contributed to the ecology and evolutionary aspects of LCPUFA, showing that omega-3 DHA nutrition limits growth in nestling tree swallows, and elements of the case for omega-3 nutrition in the evolution of the large human brain. More recently, his group has pioneered nutritional studies of branched chain fatty acids. They showed that branched fat-rich vernix caseosa, the first solid meal of humans, has a strong effect on development of nascent microbiota, and that branched fats are ubiquitous in the food supply. He is the fourth scientist to be honored with both ASN’s Osborne and Mendel Award for outstanding contributions to basic research in nutrition and the ASN’s Robert Herman Award for advancement of clinical nutrition (2013).


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