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11-29-2012 LLU Nutrition Congress to Consider Plant-Based Diets
Early registration discount until December 1
|Neal Barnard, MD
“We are preparing a compelling program to share the most recent findings and explore the most stimulating topics related to vegetarian research,” says congress chair Joan Sabaté, MD, DrPH, professor of nutrition. “The congress offers an outstanding opportunity for researchers, health professionals, and students to learn from each other.”
The congress will include plenary sessions, workshops, poster presentations, and social gatherings. These are designed to review accumulated research findings and introduce theoretical concepts, practical applications, and implications of vegetarian dietary practices, both for the prevention of disease and the promotion of health, as well as for furthering research endeavors.
The lineup of speakers is growing and will include keynote speaker Neal Barnard, MD. Founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, he is the author of dozens of publications in scientific and medical journals as well as numerous nutrition books for lay readers. He frequently appears in news programs to discuss issues related to diet and health.
Another speaker brings the expertise of decades of research right at Loma Linda University. Gary Fraser, MD, PhD, has led the federally-funded Adventist Health Studies showing that vegetarians enjoy benefits such as lower body weight, blood lipids, blood pressure, incidence of diabetes, and cases of fatal heart attacks. There is also evidence that vegetarians may have a lower risk of certain cancers.
More results will be forthcoming as research continues. The National Institutes of Health devoted its July issue of News in Health to rewards of plant-based eating, and it gave significant mention to Dr. Fraser and his research. He has also recently been featured by CBS News.
Topical highlights of the congress include longevity and healthy aging, myths and controversies surrounding soy, the debate over omega-3s from different sources, the healthfulness of dairy foods, and even the environmental implications of vegetarian diets.
Congress planners are now accepting abstract submissions for posters and short oral presentations; the deadline is November 16. Additionally, registration to attend the congress is now open, and discounted early prices are available through December 1. Visit the event website at <www.vegetariannutrition.org> to learn more.