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New congress recognises importance of nutrition


Nutrition is a key factor in maintaining health, preventing diseases and recovery from illness. The mechanisms underlying nutritional effects are mainly derived from experimental data, translation of which into the clinical setting needs to be promoted.

To that end, the First International Congress of Translational Research in Human Nutrition (Clermont-Ferrand, France, March 19-20, 2010) has been planned by the Centre de Recherche en Nutrition Humaine d’Auvergne (CRNH: Human Nutrition Research Center of Auvergne).

This first meeting will address the basic mechanisms of protein-energy metabolism disturbances associated with ageing and disease and their translation into disease management with a particular focus on the impact of nutritional support and exercise training.

The Organizing Committee is setting up an attractive scientific programme with outstanding international speakers. Main topics include: proteolytic pathways and signalling; challenges in studying nutrition-disease interactions; management of malnutrition in frail elderly patients; nutrient metabolism in intestinal failure; management of cancer cachexia.

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“Civilization as it is known today could not have evolved, nor can it survive, without an adequate food supply. Yet food is something that is taken for granted by most world leaders despite the fact that more than half of the population of the world is hungry. Man seems to insist on ignoring the lessons available from history.”

Opening remarks of his Nobel prize lecture by Norman Borlaug, 1970. Borlaug passed away last month. What borlaug said about world leaders is still true about Medical leaders in 2009. – Professor Mohandas Mallath, India

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