Provisional Programme (Spring Conference)

DAY 1: Monday 21 March

09:00  Registration and refreshments

09:50  Welcome
Dr Spiridoula Athanasiadou
Secretary of the NS Scottish Section Committee, Scientific Programme Organiser for the conference, Scottish Agriculture College, Edinburgh, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

10:00  Plenary Lecture: Could polyphenols be a key constituent for health? Emerging evidence from clinical trials and prospective cohort studies’
Professor Aedin Cassidy, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia

10:45  Refreshments

Session 1:  Phytochemicals and chronic disease
11:15  Role of Phytochemicals in cardiovascular risk reduction
Professor Julie Lovegrove, University of Reading

11:45  Polyphenols as cancer chemopreventive or therapeutic agents
Professor Dr Wim Vanden Berghe , University of Antwerp and University of Gent, Belgium

12:15 Potential benefits of phytochemicals against Alzheimer disease
Dr Emma Wightman, Northumbria University

12:45  Lunch and Original Communication sessions

Session 2: Phytochemicals and health benefits
15:00  Plenary Lecture: Phytochemicals in animal health; diet selection and trade-offs between costs and benefits
Dr Juan Villalba, Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University, USA

15:45  Refreshments

16:15  Cardiovascular benefits of lycopene: delusion or reality?
Dr Frank Thies, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, University of Aberdeen

16:45  Endocrine disruption by dietary phyto-oestrogens: impact on dimorphic sexual systems and behaviours
Professor Heather B. Patisaul, North Carolina State University

17:15 Phytochemicals: a public health and regulatory perspective
Professor Judy Buttriss, British Nutrition Foundation

17:45  Day one close

19:00  Conference Dinner

DAY 2: Tuesday 22 March

Session 3:  Phytochemicals for healthier foods
09:30  Impact of dietary phytochemcials on gut microbial activity; insights from human studies
Dr Wendy Russell, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health

10:00  Phenolics: potential anti-aging compounds?
Professor Gerald Rimbach, Kiel University

10:30  Alterations in vitamin A/retinoic acid homeostasis in diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance
Dr Nimesh Mody, University of Aberdeen, Institute of Medical Sciences

11:00  Refreshments

11:30 Phenolic-enriched Foods: sources and processing for enhanced benefits
Dr Gordon McDougall, The James Hutton institute

12:00  Debate: How much and what type of phytochemicals should we eat to benefit?

12:45  Lunch and Scottish Section AGM