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June 1, 2004

UI To Host Nutrient Databank Conference June 24-26

The University of Iowa will host the 28th National Nutrient Databank Conference June 24-26 at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City.

The conference will focus on food data used in agriculture, the food industry, clinical studies, nutrition research, medical practice and public health. The event gives dietitians, nutritionists, food scientists, educators, students, health care practitioners and others the opportunity to interact with professionals from government, private industry and academia who create and use nutrient databases.

Some of the topics to be covered include trans fat labeling, development of a national fluoride database for foods and beverages, assessing dietary supplement intake, serving size determination, and data on the nutrient composition of individual foods and beverages such as tea, citrus and other fruits and vegetables.

The keynote speaker at the conference is Catherine Woteki, dean of the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University and chair of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Woteki will discuss, "From Farm to Fork: Practical Applications of Food Composition Data" on June 24.

Research poster presentations by conference attendees will be on display during the conference. A pre-conference workshop is available on June 23 to give first-time conference attendees and others a chance to learn how food survey and food composition data are developed.

Continuing education credits through the American Dietetic Association are available for those attending the conference. Additional information and registration is available online at For more information, contact Phyllis Stumbo, conference chair, at 319-384-9746.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032,