MNF is in person in Tokyo, Japan this week at the 22nd International Union of Nutritional Sciences – International Congress of Nutrition (IUNS-ICN). Learn more about ICN here.

We have two upcoming sessions – one hosted by the Micronutrient Forum and the other hosted by one of its programs – the Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium (HMHB). View resources by the Micronutrient Forum for IUNS-ICN 2022 here.

MNF Session: Nutrition for Resilience

The Forum is organizing a session on Nutrition for Resilience: Ensuring micronutrient security in an era of complex global challenges on Saturday, 10 December 2022 from 13:15-14:45 JST (Room 15 G409). The session will highlight the role of micronutrient security in strengthening population resilience in the face of complex and cascading challenges to nutrition and support an open conversation between national leaders, researchers, policy makers and implementors to define priorities for new research and policy agendas on micronutrient security, population resilience and health. The session will be moderated by Tanuja Rastogi, Micronutrient Forum.

Speakers and Topics include:

  1. Saskia Osendarp, Micronutrient Forum: Climate change and nutrition 
  2. Jose Saavedra, Johns Hopkins University: The role of micronutrients in immune function. 
  3. Rebecca Heidkamp, Johns Hopkins University: Learning in crisis: gathering recent data and evidence to inform resilient micronutrient policies
  4. Patrick Webb, Tufts University: Nutrition &Resilience: Program Challenges, Research Gaps and Opportunities 
  5. Matin Qaim, University of Bonn: Impact of rising global food prices on vulnerable populations
  6. Emorn Udomkesmalee, Mahidol University, Thailand: Micronutrient Deficiencies and Resilience in Asia
  7. Namukolo Covic, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Ethiopia: Transforming food systems to nourish and build resilience

HMHB Session: Micronutrients Across a Woman’s Life Course

The Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium (HMHB), hosted by the Forum is organizing an hour-long open Symposium on Wednesday, 7 December 2022 from 09:00-10:30 AM JST (Room 15 G409) titled ‘Micronutrients across a woman’s life course’ as part of Track 3: Nutrition through the Life Course. This session aims to establish the importance of micronutrients through the life course of a woman from pre-conception to pregnancy and lactation and share evidence and experiences on the impact and implementation of MMS as an intervention to improve women and maternal nutrition. The session will be chaired by Marti van Liere, Director of Programs, Micronutrient Forum


Speakers and Topics include:

  1. Parul Christian, Johns Hopkins University: Overview of maternal nutrition & evidence for key interventions  
  2. Keith West, Johns Hopkins University: Periconceptional multiple micronutrient supplementation reduces risk of early pregnancy loss in rural Bangladesh: The JiVitA-5Trial
  3. Martin Mwangi, Micronutrient Forum: Scale and scope of implementing maternal nutrition interventions 
  4. Vilma Tyler, UNICEF: Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation: Implementation lessons
  5. Philip James, ENN: Antenatal micronutrient supplementation in humanitarian settings
  6. Nandita Perumal, Harvard University: Impact of scaling up prenatal nutrition interventions on human capital outcomes in low- and middle-income countries: a modeling analysis  

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