This scientific report presents you the best moments of this half day of #YINI2014: sessions, hot topics & posters.
Click here to view it. You will also find in this blog post the abstract booklet, which includes biographies for conference speakers and session chairs. Wrap-up to conclude on the key role of Yogurt for the future (Frans Kok, The Netherlands)
Uniting a world-class multidisciplinary group of experts, the YINI conference was an opportunity for guest speakers to share their expertise about yogurt on the latest innovations and research in the fields of obesity, body composition, appetite control, bone health, gut microbiota, nutrient density, metabolic diseases and sustainability.
The conference addressed particularly the role yogurt can play in tackling the rising global obesity epidemic and the increase in type 2 diabetes by empowering consumers to make decisions that can improve their health and quality of life.
The sessions was co-chairing by Sharon Donovan, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who is past president of ASN, and Raanan Shamir, from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine Tel Aviv University, who is also President of the Danone Institute International. The sessions welcomed the following keynote speakers:
- Prof Mauro Fisberg (Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brasil) : who covered the history of yoghurt through the centuries, emphasising its close links to the evolution of civilisations, and described current patterns of consumption.
- Prof Luis Moreno (University of Zaragoza, Spain) : who reminded of the critical need for dairy products in childhood and adolescence, particularly for cardiovascular health later in life.
- Prof Angelo Tremblay (Laval University, Canada) : who showed the properties of yogurt promoting a facilitation of appetite control and reduction of energy intake.
- Prof Robert Wolfe (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA) : who stressed the importance of a protein-rich diet for senior citizens, not just to maintain muscle mass and strength, but also for cardiovascular and bone health.
- Prof René Rizzoli (University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland) : who highlighted the the recent recommendation from the ESCEO task force about important role of protein and vitamine D intakes and regular physical activity on muscle mass and strength and bone health.
- Prof Nita Forouhi (University of Cambridge School of Medicine, UK) : who disclosed the promising discoveries relating to the effect of low-fat yogurt on the development of type-2 diabetes.
- Prof Olivier Goulet (Necker Hospital – Enfants Malades, Paris, France) and Prof John Bienenstock (McMaster University, Canada) : who discussed the importance of the advances made in recent years in the analysis of the composition and understanding of the function of intestinal microbiota and its connexions with various systems, like the adipose tissue or the nervous system.
- Prof Toon Van Hooijdonk (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) : who explained how cows convert human-inedible feed into nutrient rich milk and showed why dairy foods such as yogurt should be an important food group to assure nutrient security for the future.