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Join us!

Register Now!

The ILSI Annual Meeting is a premiere gathering of scientists from around the world. The primary focus of the meeting is to learn about new food safety and nutrition science and identify areas where ILSI can have an impact on public health. This multidisciplinary meeting is an opportunity for experts from all sectors to collaborate and share knowledge. Join us for:

Scientific Sessions

Keynote Lectures

Branch Meetings

Networking Events


We are pleased to announce the international thought leaders in nutrition and food safety science who will be presenting during this meeting.

Elliott, P

Keynote: Paul Elliott, PhD

Imperial College

Williams, R

Keynote: Richard Williams, PhD

George Mason University

Catley-Carlson, M

Margaret Catley-Carlson

Juror Stockholm Water Prize

Chester, D

Deirdra N. Chester, PhD, RDN



Cristiana Corrêa, PhD

Planitox and Brazilian Institute of Toxicology

Crozier, S

Stephen Crozier, PhD

The Hershey Company
(2018 Program Chair)

Cryan, J.

John Cryan, PhD

University College Cork

Davis, C

Cindy Davis, PhD

National Institute of Health

Evett, S

Steven Evett, PhD

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Farber, J

Jeff Farber, PhD

University of Guelph

Ferruzzi, M

Mario Ferruzzi, PhD

North Carolina State University

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Mauro Fisberg, PhD

Federal University of São Paulo and PENSI Institute, Brazil

Fortin, M.

Marc Fortin, PhD

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Fraser, E

Evan Fraser, PhD

University of Guelph


Georgina Gómez, MSc

University of Costa Rica

Hurst, L.

Lucy Hurst

Economist Intelligence Unit

Hlywka, J

Jason Hlywka, PhD

Kraft Heinz

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Amy Kircher, DrPH

University of Minnesota and National Center for Food Protection & Defense

Klurfeld, D

David M. Klurfeld, PhD

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Kozyrskyj, A

Anita Kozyrskyj, PhD

University of Alberta

Lagg, D

Dorothy Lagg


Liska, D

DeAnn Liska, PhD

Biofortis, Merieux NutriSciences

Lee, B

Bruce Lee, MD, MBA

Johns Hopkins University

Lemke, S

Shawna Lemke, PhD


Lewis, J

Josette Lewis, PhD

Environmental Defense Fund

Maier, A.

Andrew Maier, PhD

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Matar, C.

Chantal Matar, PhD

University of Ottawa

McInnes, D

David McInnes

DMci Strategies

Place, A.

Allen Place, PhD

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences


Tobias Recker, PhD

ILSI Europe


Andrew Roberts, PhD

ILSI Research Foundation

Rodricks, J

Joseph Rodricks, PhD


Sievenpiper, J

John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD

University of Toronto
(2018 Program Vice Chair)

Smith, G

Geoff Smith, PhD

Bermuda Department of Environment and Natural Resources


Cristina Tirado, DVM, PhD


Carmela Velázquez

Carmela Velazquez

University of Costa Rica


Jessie Usaga, PhD

University of Costa Rica

Williamson, P

Patricia Williamson, PhD


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Gary Wu, PhD, MD

University of Pennsylvania

Scientific Program

  • January 21

    The Exposome: Challenges & Opportunities in the Study of Non-Communicable Diseases

    Keynote presentation by Paul Elliott, PhD, Imperial College, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health will explore new insights into disease etiology and pathogenesis that can inform both lifestyle and preventative strategies.

    Organized by ILSI North America

  • January 21

    It’s Coming, Ready or Not: Algorithms and Benefit-Cost Analysis

    Keynote presentation by Richard Williams, PhD, George Mason University will focus on how developments in nutrition and science are impacting government and private sectors as well as personalization. 

    Organized by ILSI North America

  • January 22
    8:00 am - 10:00 am 

    Advances in Health Based Decision Making

    The purpose of this session is to educate the audience about the value of health-based assessments in decision-making in comparison with endpoint or hazard-based determinations. Learn more

    Organized by ILSI North America

  • January 22
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm 

    New Advances: Diet and Microbiome

    This session will examine the latest science on the diet and microbiome, including advances on application and intervention for appetite and eating behavior as well as new research on infant and fetal microbiome. Learn more

    Organized by ILSI North America

  • January 22
    2:00 pm - 5:40 pm

    Threats to the Global Food Supply

    This session will examine new and emerging global threats to the food chain and system including impact on supply, process, security, agricultural practices, food safety and human health. Learn more

    Organized by ILSI North America

  • January 22
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm 

    Carbohydrates Forum 2018: A Research Paradigm for Determining the Role of Fiber in Gut Barrier Health

    Presentation by Gary Wu, PhD, University of Pennsylvania will discuss how dietary fiber affects the various components of the gut microbiota.  

    Organized by ILSI North America

  • January 23
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm 

    Science Serving Society

    The purpose of this session is to highlight specific programs that clearly demonstrate ILSI´s significant contributions to the theme, with an emphasis on multi-year, multi-partner programs with demonstrable impact. Learn more

    Organized by ILSI

  • January 23
    8:00 am - 10:00 am 

    The Intersection Between Food Sustainability and Health

    This session will examine the intersection of food sustainability and health, with a look at current practices, challenges and research gaps. Learn more

    Organized by ILSI North America

  • January 23
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Water II – Water Management for the Future

    This session will examine new and emerging technologies related to water management (including regeneration, conservation, & efficiency improvement) and the impact of these approaches on short and long-term water management and human practice. This session builds off of Water I: Pursuing a Safe & Reliable Supply presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting. Learn more

    Organized by ILSI North America


2018 Annual Mtg schedule 11-21-17

Registration Information

Registration Refund & Cancellation Registration
 Category Best Value Early Bird Regular & On-Site
  12 Sept - 22 Oct 23 Oct – Dec 4 After 4 Dec
 Members $995 $1,175 $1,325
 Academia and Government $320 $350 $370
 Branch Staff $250 $275 $295
 Non-Profit $530 $550 $570
 One-Day Registration $400 $400 $400
 Guests (12 and over) $250 $250 $250

Registration fees include all functions listed on the program, meeting materials, breaks, and social events. Be sure to register your guest when you submit your registration form. (Guest Badge required to attend group social events).  There is no invoicing and confirmations will be sent upon receipt of full payment.

Refund & Cancellation

Refund and Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing.
  • Requests for refunds will be honored when received at ILSI by 15 December 2017. A $100 administration fee will be charged for all cancellations. However, please note that a meeting registration can be transferred to another individual within your organization.
  • No refunds will be made after 15 December 2017, and refunds will not be given for no-shows. Please contact Emily Grossberg with any questions or changes to your registration at
Register Now!

For any questions you may have about the registration, please contact Emily Grossberg at  

Why Attend?

ILSI’s mission is to provide science that improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment. In this digital age, you may be asking – why should I attend ILSI’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Bermuda. The answer – Because there is no substitute for the in-person engagement that has come to define ILSI’s Annual Meeting! Join scientific colleagues from academia, government, industry and civil society for state-of-the-science symposia, keynote lectures, networking events, and ILSI branch meetings. The 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting in Bermuda provides you with:

Learning Opportunities
You will learn about the latest research in personalized nutrition, food and water safety, sustainability, and risk assessment. The scientific program at the Annual Meeting is relevant for all experts in the food safety and nutrition community. 

Nothing beats the value of interacting with colleagues in-person. ILSI brings scientific thought leaders together from all sectors, allowing for face-to-face discussion and collaboration to solve and identify some of the biggest challenges facing the food safety and nutrition community. 

Attending the ILSI Annual Meeting can help you take a step back and look at challenges in nutrition, food safety, and health through the viewpoint of colleagues that you don't engage with normally.

By attending Annual Meeting you have the ability to draw attention to challenges that not everyone is aware of.  This is your chance to connect with other experts and take a leadership role while using the resources and network provided by the unique ILSI platform.

Plan your trip


Fairmont Southampton
101 South Shore Road
Southampton, Bermuda SN02
(441) 238-8800

Fairmont Southampton Rooms
The Fairmont Southampton offers spacious guest rooms, all with private balconies viewing the Atlantic Ocean, Great Sound and/or the resort’s golf course. ILSI has secured a special room rate of USD$239.00 single or double occupancy, INCLUSIVE of the service charge, resort levy and applicable state/local taxes (currently at 9.5%).

Fairmont President's Club
In order to receive complimentary in-room internet access and fitness center access you must be a Fairmont President's Club member. Membership is free and comes with a number of additional benefits such as special member rates and discounts at the Willow Stream Spa and Fairmont store, complimentary bike rentals, express check-in and more. To become a Fairmont President's Club member, click here.

Important to Note
If your hotel and travel expenses related to the Annual Meeting are to be reimbursed by one of the ILSI entities:

  • An Expense Reimbursement Form and Guidelines will be sent with meeting confirmation materials following your registration. Please be sure to review the information carefully, including the number of room nights for which one of the ILSI entities is covering the cost.
  • Even if you are being reimbursed, you MUST make your own hotel reservations via one of the methods described.
  • ILSI will notify the hotel that you are on the Master Account and your credit card will be charged only for meals and your incidentals upon your check-out (unless you are extending your stay for days beyond those being provided by ILSI).
  • Prior to arriving at the hotel, should your travel plans change, it will be your responsibility to notify the hotel of any changes or cancellation should you not be able to attend.
  • Any no show or cancellation fees will be your responsibility.
  • Expenses related to any guest(s) accompanying you on this trip are your responsibility, although a spouse/guest may share your sleeping room at no additional cost.
Make Reservations

Room Reservation Deadline: 19 December 2017 - The conference rate and availability cannot be guaranteed for reservations made after this cut-off date.

The rate and offer are only available to ILSI attendees reserving their room via the ILSI room block and are only available until 19 December! To make your reservations at Fairmont Southampton, visit  or please call 441-239-6943.

Reservations may be canceled up to 48 hours prior to arrival without penalty at this rate. If complete cancellation of a reservation takes place within 48 hours of the scheduled arrival a cancellation fee of one (1) night’s room cost and tax will be charged.  Credit cards are required to guarantee your room reservation but will not be charged until arrival.
Check-in is at 16:00 hrs (4:00 pm) and checkout is at 11:00 hrs (11:00 am).

Travel and Airline Info

Bermuda is located approximately 570 miles off the coast of North Carolina, and direct flights can be arranged through several east coast cities.

Below is a list of major airlines with service to Southampton, Bermuda. Please note that some airlines may have restrictions on their points of origin and days that flights fly to and from Bermuda. Participants have the option to book their air travel in the manner most convenient and cost efficient to the traveler, including working directly with an individual airline or travel website.

Airlines Serving L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA)

Air Canada  Delta Airlines
American Airlines Jet Blue
British Airways

Airlines are now charging additional costs for ALL checked luggage. 

Travel Agency
If you prefer the assistance of a travel agency, you may contact FCM Travel Solutions, the official travel agent for ILSI’s 2018 Annual Meeting. FCM will compare savings with promotional fares for all airlines.

A customer service representative has been assigned to assist our ILSI Annual Meeting attendees:
Larissa Wallace -
Toll-free number is 1-888-308-3288
24-Hour Emergency Assist:

Feel free to contact FCM customer service representatives between 8:30 AM and 8:00 PM, US Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Be sure to identify yourself as an ILSI meeting attendee. Reservations and fare inquiries can also be obtained through their web site at:
NOTE: The names of individuals for whom one of the ILSI entities is paying travel costs will be provided to FCM and their travel costs can be directly billed to ILSI.

Ground Transportation to and From L.F. Wade International Airport
The Fairmont Southampton is conveniently located about 30 minutes from L.F Wade International Airport. ILSI has contracted with CEO Transport Ltd. for attendee airport transfers at the discounted rate of USD 30 round trip. To make your ground transportation reservations, please click here. Shuttle reservations should be made prior to arrival.

*Please note rental cars are not available to visitors in Bermuda. Buses and taxis are readily available for guests. The Fairmont Southampton operates a trolley service on its property for guests.

About Bermuda

Currency: Legal tender in Bermuda is the Bermuda dollar, which trades at the same rate as the US dollar and carries the same symbol ($). Bermuda and US currencies are accepted interchangeably, but change is almost always given in Bermudian coins. ATM machines dispense only Bermuda dollars and buses accept coins only.

Safety and Health: No inoculations or unusual health precautions are required to visit Bermuda.

Weather: Bermuda is warmed by the Gulf Stream with average winter temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Time Zone: Bermuda is on Atlantic Time, and is one hour ahead of Eastern Time year-round.

Cars: Bermuda restricts the use of automobiles to Bermuda citizens only. Moped and scooter rentals can be arranged at various points on the island or at the hotel.   To learn about Bermuda’s Public Transportation Systems, click here.

Things to do in Bermuda

Outdoor Activities:

  • Beaches
    • Horseshoe Bay Beach (near the Fairmont Southampton’s Beach)
    • Tobacco Bay Beach
    • John Smith’s Bay Beach
    • Elbow Beach Bermuda
  • Parks and Destinations
    • Spittal Pond Nature Reserve
    • Somerset Bridge
    • Flatts Village
    • David’s Lighthouse
  • Boating and Boat Tours
  • Horse and Carriage Tours
  • Fishing
  • Snorkeling or Diving

Shopping & Dining:

Attractions and Museums:

Passport and Visa Information
  • US citizens returning from Bermuda must show a valid US passport when reentering the United States. Your US passport will satisfy Bermuda immigration authorities. For specifics on traveling with children, go to the US State Department website.
  • Canadian citizens must have either a birth certificate (or certified copy), a Canadian certificate of citizenship, or a valid passport plus proof of Landed Immigrant status.
  • There are no visa requirements for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • All visitors must have a return or onward airline ticket.
  • Visitors from the United Kingdom and Europe must show a valid passport.
  • As Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory, go to the British Embassy website for other travel questions.
Travel Tips
  • Make sure you and your family have the appropriate documents to enter Bermuda. All travelers must carry with them proof of citizenship and identification, specifically a passport.
  • A return or onward ticket (or proof of onward transportation) to a country to which the passenger has right of entry is required of all visitors.
  • Pack according to your airline's luggage allowances. Airlines are very strict now and excess luggage charges can be very expensive. ILSI is not responsible for your excess baggage fee. Please check with your airline for more information.
  • Mark your luggage for easy identification and make sure all luggage has a name tag. Identification should also be placed inside each piece of luggage.
  • DO NOT BRING any firearms, knives, sharp objects or any items that can be considered a weapon. For carry-on baggage, please check with your local airport for the latest regulations.
  • When checking in at your departure airport, make sure you get all of your luggage claim tags. You will need them to reclaim luggage in Bermuda.
  • Bermuda’s electrical current is 110 volts, 60Hz AC, which is the same voltage supported by the US and Canada. Travelers from the UK and Europe will need to use a converter and an adapter because two-pronged plugs are used island-wide.
  • For an easy transition through customs, please have your papers in order, clear customs together with others in your party and follow the instructions of your airline representatives. For information on Bermuda’s customs and duty allowances click here.
  • Climate – Bermuda’s climate in January is typically very comfortable. Average temperature in January during the day is 70°F (21°C) Fahrenheit; and the average low is 58°F (14°C).
  • Gratuity Tips – A 15-20% gratuity is customary for most services.
  • Telephone Codes for local and long-distance Phone Calls – The area code for Southampton, Bermuda is 1-441 plus the seven-digit phone number.
  • Contact your mobile phone service provider regarding cellular service available to you in Bermuda; many U.S. mobile phones do not work in Bermuda without incurring expensive roaming charges.
  • Time: Southampton, Bermuda will be Greenwich Mean Time minus four hours. For example:
    • One hour ahead of New York
    • Two hours ahead of Chicago
    • Four hours ahead of Los Angeles
    • Four hours behind London
    • Five hours behind Rome
    • Five hours behind Munich
  • Attire – Dress for the meeting is business casual.


Social Media

Engage on social media with us. #ILSI2018 is the preferred hashtag for the 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting. Follow ILSI Branches on Twitter to stay informed:

ILSI North America @ILSI_NA
ILSI Research Foundation @ILSIRF

After the annual meeting is over, you can view videos of our scientific sessions on our YouTube page, ILSI Global.

#ILSI2018 Tweets

Past Annual Meetings

View presentations from previous ILSI Annual Meetings:


The 2017 ILSI Annual Meeting was held in La Jolla, California, USA January 20-25, 2017.

View the Presentations


The 2014 ILSI Annual Meeting was held in Southampton, Bermuda
January 17-22, 2014.

View the Presentations


The 2016 ILSI Annual Meeting was held in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA January 22-27, 2016.

View the Presentations


The 2013 ILSI Annual Meeting was held in Miami, Florida, USA
January 18-23, 2013.

View the Presentations


The 2015 ILSI Annual Meeting was held in Chandler, Arizona, USA January 16-21, 2015.

View the Presentations


The 2012 ILSI Annual Meeting was held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
January 20-25, 2012.

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The Gut Microbiome: Markers of Human Health,

Drug Efficacy and Xenobiotic Toxicity

The gut microbiome is believed to play an important role in human health in areas as diverse as brain function and the immune system.  Exploring host-microbiome interactions will provide a mechanistic understanding and enable new insights in human diseases (i.e., their diagnosis, prognosis and treatment) and new perceptions of xenobiotic efficacy and/or toxicity. This workshop will review the science and initiate discussions on multiple topics, including a) identification of biomarkers of toxicity for alterations in gut microbial function, b) if changes in the microbiome can affect efficacy of medicines and c) if exposure to xenobiotics can eventually result in a disease state through changes in the microbiome.  Conclusions from his workshop will help determine where the data gaps are so that researchers can start answering these questions.

To identify data gaps that can be addressed to help determine if alterations in the gut microbiome have an effect on human health.


1.  To discuss and review the current science on the gut microbiome and identify areas of interest regarding its role in human health
2.  To discuss our understanding on how xenobiotic toxicity affects the microbiome
3.  To understand if there are biomarkers of disease or organ damage due to:
     -  Alterations of microbiome structure and function
     -  Endogenous microbial metabolites


Elena Biagi, University of Bologna                Kun Lu, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Carrie Brodmerkel, Janssen                           Jeremy Nicholson, Imperial College London   
Mark Brown, Cleveland Clinic                        Andrew Patterson, Pennsylvania State University
Carl Cerniglia, US FDA, NCTR                        Gary Perdew, Pennsylvania State University
Eugene Chang, University of Chicago           Joseph Petrosino, Baylor College of Medicine
Julia Cui, University of Washington              Nathan Price, Institute for Systems Biology
Anna Mae Diehl, Duke University                  Mohan Raizada, University of Florida
Rodney Dietart, Cornell University                Barbara Reherhman, NIDDK
Aaron Erickson, University of Missouri
Marijke Faas, University of Groningen

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