Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture

The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management has established an annual international lecture at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE®). The focus of the lecture is to raise the nutritional health of the world community by highlighting original international projects in food and nutrition, dietetic education, research and foodservice management.

Past Lectures

2018: Innovative Partnerships - How Collaboration Leads to Stronger Global Dietitians

Presented by: Diane Stadler, PhD, RD; Erin Bergquist, MPH, RD, CNSC, LD; Laurene Boateng, PhD, RD (Ghana); Chandavone Phoxay, MD, MSc, PhD; and Joanna Cummings, MS, RD, CNSC

This session presents the work of two organizations that are identifying nutrition educational needs and training dietitians/nutritionists in low resource settings around the world.

The University of Ghana and Iowa State University discussed their innovative approach to providing global opportunities and training dietetic interns through rotations at the Nutrition Research and Training Centre (NRTC) in Asesewa, Ghana, Africa. Dietetic interns collaborate to develop and provide interventions to rural community members focusing on complementary feeding practices of infants six months up to five years of age.

Oregon Health & Science University presented how they have established the Lao-American Nutrition Institute (LANI) in Lao P.D.R. in collaboration with the Lao Ministry of Health. To help the country achieve its 2020 Sustainable Development Goals, LANI is training Lao nationals as the country’s first clinical dietitian/nutritionists in a low-income, low-resource country.

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2017: How Global Nutrition Collaborations Impact Change - Lessons from Four Continents

Presented by: Richard Deckelbaum MD, CM, FRCP(C)

This session will highlight collaborations among institutions in countries differing in social, cultural, political and economic status. Emphasis was placed on impacts on local health and nutritional status, capacity building and nutrition policy. Recommendations were reviewed on “what not to do and what to do for success.”

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2016: Changing the Face of Nutrition in Latin America

Presented by: Graciela Aida Gonzalez, LD (Argentina) and Maria Fernanda Kroker-Lobos Dr.Sc. MSc (Guatemala)

This presentation explained how the rapid economic transition and multicultural factors impact diet, nutrition and health status in Latin American populations, described a situational analysis of dietetics development in Latin America and provided insights on the role of the Argentinean Association of Dietitians and Nutritionist Dietitians (AADYND) with case examples of successful initiatives.

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2015: The Changing Face of Nutrition & Evolution of Dietetics in Asia

Presented by: Winnie Chee, PhD, MSc; President of the Malaysian Dietitians Association

Dr. Chee is the President of the Malaysian Dietitians Association, Secretary of the Asian Federation of Dietitians, and Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences/Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics at the International Medical University, Malaysia. Additionally, she holds a conjoint faculty position with the School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Australia since 2012. Previously, Dr. Chee served as faculty as National University of Malaysia for 12 years before joining her current university.

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2014: Global Dietetic Alliances-the European Experience

Presented by: Anne De Looy, PhD; Honorary President of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD)

Dr. Anne de Looy, Honorary President of the European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD), shares best practices from the European Union funded Thematic Network for Dietitians known as ”Dietitians Improving Education and Training Standards in Europe” (or DIETS for short). This network links 95 Partner institutions together across 31 countries in Europe. Walk away from this impactful session with key insights to forming multidisciplinary alliances in your own practice setting.

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2013: Integrating Nutrition into Healthcare Systems: A Collaborative International Approach

Presented by: Bernadette Lucas, MS, RD; Program Coordinator, North Shore Community College
Terezie Tolar Mosby, EdD, RDN, IBCLC; Program Director at the Tennessee Technological University
Kristine Caiafa, RD; Pediatric Dietitian, University Hospital
Amie Heap, MPH, RD; Senior Nutrition Advisor – Bureau of Global Health – Office of HIV/AIDS – U.S. Agency for International Development

This dynamic session showcases three unique international nutrition projects, highlighting the successful Sister Village project and key impacts to the regions of Guatemala and Sierre Leone. Next, you will hear from an RD with USAID regarding the many sources of U.S. food and nutrition aid programs to Africa and the need for a greater presence of nutrition into health care. Then learn about an exciting new Academy collaboration to integrate nutrition competencies and education into the training of healthcare providers on an international level.

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2012: Loans and Funding for Dietitians in Developing Countries

Presented by: Boitshepo (Bibi) Giyose; Senior Advisor Food and Nutrition Security at NEPAD Agency

Boitshepo Giyose, Senior Advisor of Food and Nutrition Security at African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AU/NEPAD) and recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from Appalachian State University, provided insights into how to fund nutrition care in developing countries. Ms. Giyose discussed the many challenges of food and nutrition in developing countries such as the limited access of food, clean water and health services. Practical applications of innovative, creative and feasible solutions were presented.

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2011: International Employment Opportunities for RDs

Presented by: Helena Pachón, PhD, MPH; Senior Nutrition Scientist /Research Associate Professor, Food Fortification Initiative at Emory University
Jenny Bond, PhD, RD, FADA; Acting Director of Women and International Development and Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Douglas Balentine, PhD; Director Nutrition Science at Unilever

This session explored opportunities in a variety of international employment sectors. The panelists will discussed opportunities for international development work for dietitians and nutritionists as well as the range of opportunities for registered dietitians from the public and private sectors. The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture was established to raise the nutritional health of the world community by highlighting original international projects in food and nutrition, dietetic education, research and foodservice management.

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2010: From Global to Local: Opportunities and Challenges Utilizing Programming Science

2009: Addressing Global Malnutrition

Ricardo Uauy, PhD, MD (Chile); President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences IUNS (2006-10)

Dr. Uauy is one of the most distinguished scientists in international nutrition today. He is a highly respected advisor to the United Nations, World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization and has been the recipient of many International Awards. He is the President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences IUNS (2006-10). He has edited/co-edited 8 books and published over 200 original scientific publications.

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