Nutrition plays a profoundly important role in health and wellbeing. Poor nutrition is a leading cause of chronic disease, including type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease, and various forms of cancer. With an increasingly overweight and ageing UK population, the incidence of such diseases and the associated healthcare costs continue to rise.
This conference examined advances being made in the science of human nutrition by bringing together speakers from both industry and academia. The conference discussed how scientific breakthroughs can be translated into effective strategies for improved health, including the prevention and management of chronic disease.
A cross-sector panel discussion sought to identify the barriers to translation and the important knowledge gaps in the field. It also discussed how these can be addressed through further research and innovation in both the commercial sector and academia.
The conference concluded with a keynote from Henry Dimbleby MBE, co-founder of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, who considered emerging themes from the conference and the future of human nutrition.
About the conference series
This scientific meeting is part of the Royal Society's Transforming our Future conference series. These meetings are unique, high-level events that address the scientific and technical challenges of the next decade. Each conference features cutting edge science from industry and academia and brings together leading experts from the scientific community, including regulatory, charity and funding bodies.