IUNS 15-20 October Argentina 2017:

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7th Annual BNS symposium. Carbohydrates and artificial sweeteners in human nutrition

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Welcome session

8.30 – 9.10: Registration and welcome coffee

9.10 – 9.20: Introduction by BNS - N. Delzenne (UCL- President BNS)

9.20 – 9.30: Presentation of the scientific program – J. Van Camp (UGent– Chair of the Organizing Committee)


Session 1: Chair 1

9:30-10:00 Keynote 1: The position of sugar and artificial sweeteners in human nutrition and health

Prof. Luc Tappy (University of Lausanne, Switserland)

Selected oral presentations

10:00-10:15 Selected oral presentation

10:15-10:30 Selected oral presentation


Session 2: Chair 2

10:30 – 11:00 Keynote 2: Examining the role of dietary fiber in the human diet

N.N. (affiliation)



Selected oral presentations

11:00-11:15 Selected oral presentation

11:15-11:30 Selected oral presentation

11:30-13:00 Lunch and Poster presentations


Session 3: Chair 3

13:00-13:30 Keynote 3: Is food addiction a useful explanation for the impact of sweetness and sugars on appetite?

Prof. Graham Finlayson (University of Leeds, UK)

Selected oral presentations

13:30-13:45 Selected oral presentation

13:45-14:00 Selected oral presentation

14:00-14:45 Coffee break 3


Session 4: Chair 4

14:45-15:15 Keynote 4: Towards development of new carbohydrates for future use in human nutrition

Prof. Tom Desmet (Ghent University, Belgium)

Selected oral presentations

15:15-15:30 Selected oral presentation

15:30-15:45 Selected oral presentation


Closing session

15.45 – 16.00: Presentation of the BNS prizes for best communication (oral and poster) -

(Nathalie Delzenne UCL- President BNS)

16.00 – 16.15: Conclusions of the symposium – John Van Camp (UGent Belgium –

Chair of the Organizing Committee)



Past events


Symposium organized by the Belgian Nutrition Society
February 10, 2017
in partnership with Superior Health Council and Scientific Institute of Public Health 

"Dietary reference values: a tool for public health"

9.30h Registration and coffee
10.00h Welcome –Stefaan De Henauw (Symposium chair)
10.10h Keynote lecture Evidence based dietary reference values
Mikael Fogelholm (University of Helsinki – Finland)
11.00h Belgian dietary reference values for energy and macronutrients
Energy and carbohydrates - Nathalie Delzenne (UCL) ppt
Proteins - Theo Niewold (KUL) ppt
Fats - Guy De Backer (UGent)  ppt
12.00h How well does the Belgian population comply with the dietary reference values for energy and macronutrients?
Jean Tafforeau (WIV – ISP) / Karin De Ridder (WIV-ISP) ppt
12.30h - 13.30h LUNCH
13.30h Belgian dietary reference values for micronutrients
Minerals - Jean Nève (ULB) ppt
Vitamins - Daniel Brasseur (ULB) ppt
14.00h How well does the Belgian population comply with the dietary reference values for micronutrients?
Jean Tafforeau (WIV – ISP) / Karin De Ridder (WIV-ISP) ppt
14.30h From dietary reference values to food based dietary guidelines: proposed roadmap for Belgium
Stefaan De Henauw (UGent)
14.50h – 15.10h active break
15.10h – 16.30h Stakeholders session followed by panel debate and questions from the audience
Chaired by BNS (Carl Lachat, UGent and Kristin Verbeke, KUL)
Short statements on the importance and use of the DRV’s from the point of view of different Belgian stakeholders
Participants confirmed : SBNC (Jean-Charles Preiser) / Dietitians Flanders (Rian Vanschaik) / ViGEZ (Loes Neven) /ISP (Karin De Ridder)/ FEVIA (Nick Deschuyffeleer) / SBMN (Anne Boucquiau)/NUBEL (John Van Camp)

Participants to be confirmed: Dietitians Wallonia / DG 4 FPS Public Health
16.30h Meeting closure

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