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By 2008, the entire functional foods market was worth over an estimated US$80 billion, with the US holding a majority share in the nutraceuticals market (35%) followed by Japan (25%). Included in this is the ever-growing European market (currently estimated at US$8 billion). India and China are the two major countries known for their production of traditional functional food products and nutraceuticals, but other South-East Asian countries and Gulf nations are developing potential markets.

Following the success of the 2007 event, The SMi Group are proud present their 9th Annual Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods conference which is taking place on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd October 2008, in Central London. This conference will examine the varying legislation throughout Europe, Asia and the US and will discuss how this can be harmonised. Listen to case studies from the leading companies in the field who will discuss marketing strategies, new ingredients and technologies and will look into public awareness and consumer trends.

This year’s conference will be covering a wide range of themes including:
  • Global perspectives and the evolution of functional foods
  • Marketing opportunities and challenges for functional foods
  • Understanding and communicating with today’s consumers
  • Current regulatory status of nutrition and health claims
  • Overcoming claims, labelling and policy issues
  • Clinical trials
  • Contributing factors of obesity
  • Brain power foods and mental health
  • Bridging traditional knowledge and modern medicine
  • Nutraceuticals in disease prevention, treatment and aftercare
  • The effective use of dietary supplements and Chinese herbal remedies
  • Enhancing human nutrition
  • Nanotechnology
  • Genetic Modification of food
  • Probiotics
  • Advances in products for sports performance
  • Protecting your company from negative press
Our exceptional speaker line-up includes:
  • Dr Siân Astley, European Communications Manager, The Institute of Food Research
  • David Schmidt, President and CEO, International Food Information Council (IFIC)
  • Dr Qasim Chaudhry, Senior Scientist, Central Science Laboratory, UK
  • Dr David Hull, Principal Scientist, Procter & Gamble
  • Dr Manfred Eggersdorfer, Director, Research & Development, DSM Nutritional Products
  • Professor Chris Cairns, Consultant Pharmacist, Education & Training/R&D, University of Kingston
  • Dr Linda Thomas, Science Manager, Yakult UK
  • Dr Jeffrey Zidichouski, Director of Research, NRC-Institute for Nutrisciences and Health, Canada
  • Kath Veal, Business Manager, Regulatory and Technical Consultancy Services, Leatherhead Food International
  • Christy White, Princial, Cogent Research
  • Mr Arun Gupta, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Bausch & Lomb Pharmaceuticals
  • Dr Parveen Yacoob, Lecturer in Human Nutrition, University of Reading
  • Katrin Stade, Scientific Consultant, analyze & realize
  • John Kurstjens, Global Group Manager Marketing, Lipid Nutrition
This conference is aimed at Vice Presidents, Directors, Managers and Scientists working in:
  • Product Development
  • Obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Discovery technology
  • Scientific Affairs
  • Ingredients
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Functional Foods
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Research and Development
  • Formulations
  • Marketing
  • Brand Management
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Anyone else working within advances and future direction of the nutraceuticals industry
Previous delegates have come form the following organisations;
·  Abbott
·  ADM Natural Health & Nutrition
·  Ajinomoto Omnichem
·  Bausch & Lomb
·  Beneo
·  BesDesDer
·  Boehringer Ingelheim
·  CAMedica
·  Cargill Inc
·  Ceres Consulting
·  Chavin- Bausch & Lomb
·  Coca-Cola
·  Danisco Sweeteners Ltd
·  Danone
·  DAS
·  Direvo Biotech Ag
·  Dow Chemical
·  Dr Mann Pharma
·  DSM Nutritional Products
·  Esteve
·  European Commision
·  Evolva
·  Finnish Red Cross Blood Service
·  Firmenich S A
·  Fischer Institute for Medical Research
·  Food Standards Agency
·  Galileo Pharmaceuticals
·  Genencor International
·  GlaxoSmithKline
·  Gumlink A/S
·  HealthFocus International
·  Institute of Food Research (The)
·  International Food Information Council(IFIC)
·  Johnson & Johnson
·  Kemin Health Europe
·  Kiadis B.V.
·  Leatherhead Food International
·  Leiner Health Products
·  Lipid Nutrition
·  Loders Croklaan
·  Lonza
·  Loders Croklaan
·  Mantioba Agriculture Food & Rural
·  Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
·  Merial Sas
·  MNL Pharma
·  MRC Human Nutrition Research
·  Nestle
·  Norgine Ltd
·  Novartis Pharma AG
·  NutriJoy
·  Ocean Nutrition Canada
·  Persi Co.
·  Pfizer
·  Procter & Gamble
·  Radient Technologies
·  Regen Therapeutics Plc
·  Rodman Publishing
·  Roche Products
·  Roquette Freres
·  Royal Society of Medicine
·  RSSL
·  Scharper Srl
·  Sigma-Tau Health Science
·  Tecknoscienze
·  Unilever
·  Unigen Pharmaceuticals
·  University of California, Davis
·  WIPO
·  Yakult
Do not miss your opportunity to attend this important event which offers you a key insight into the nutraceutical and regulatory developments and a unique opportunity to network with the industry leaders
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For Speaking opportunities please contact Dulween Bal at dbal@smi-online.co.uk  
For Sponsorship opportunities please contact Alia Malick at amalick@smi-online.co.uk

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

David Schmidt

David Schmidt, President & Chief Executive Officer, International Food Information Council (IFIC)

9:10 GENOMICS: CONSUMER ATTITUDES AND TRENDS

Christy White

Christy White, Principal, Cogent Research

  • Americans’ Level of Awareness and Interest in Genomics
  • Perceptions of Genomics – Perceived Advantages and Drawbacks
  • Preferences for Genomics – Desired Benefits and Delivery Mechanisms
  • Getting the Message Out – Credible Information Sources & Spokespeople
  • 9:50 UNDERSTANDING THE CONSUMER AND THE ‘FIBRE GAP’

    David Hull

    David Hull, Principal Scientist, Procter & Gamble

  • We all know that the population is not getting enough fibre, but do we know what our consumers think about fibre, how much they believe they are getting and the         extent of the ‘gap’ we are trying to fill
  • How do consumers visualise fibre and does that affect how they see our products?
  • What will it take to motivate increased fibre consumption?
  • We report on a 1,012 person survey conducted in March 2007 which suggested answers to some of these and other questions
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 UNDERSTANDING AND COMMUNICATING WITH TODAY’S CONSUMERS

    David Schmidt

    David Schmidt, President & Chief Executive Officer, International Food Information Council (IFIC)

  • International consumer trends
  • Public awareness and the need for ongoing public awareness
  • Separating the products true benefit from popular misconceptions
  • Case studies of consumer surveys changing product attitudes
  • The cost of change vs. potential future customer value
  • 11:40 CONTRIBUTING FACTORS OF OBESITY

    John Kurstjens

    John Kurstjens, Global Group Manager Marketing, Lipid Nutrition

  • The search for the new great concept for weight loss
  • Obesity epidemic linked to a series of infectious diseases
  • Evidence based innovation in blood glucose management
  • Weight loss ingredients – energy, body composition and satiety
  • Functional ingredients for weight loss
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN INGREDIENTS FOR HEALTHY NUTRITION

    Igor Bendik

    Igor Bendik, Senior Scientist, DSM Nutritional Products

  • Understanding the function of nutrition and micronutrients
  • Consumer interests for a healthy life, well-being and healthy aging
  • New science and technologies to identify and develop new ingredients for functional food
  • Examples for innovative concepts/solutions with health beneficial ingredients which are already on the market or in development
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NUTRACEUTICALS MARKET IN THE US

    Mindi Hertzog

    Mindi Hertzog, UK Trade & Investment Officer, UK Trade & Investment

  • Overview of Market in US
  • Nutraceuticals for:
  • Weight Loss/Obesity
  • Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's - Will the cure come from Nutraceuticals?
  • Antifungals, Antiseptics and Anti-Aging
  • The Unexpected Market - Pet Supplements
  • 16:20 BRAIN POWER FOODS AND MENTAL HEALTH

    Jeffrey Zidichouski

    Jeffrey Zidichouski, Director of Research, NRC Institute for Nutrisciences and Health

  • An overview of the benefits
  • Weighing up advantages and disadvantages
  • Nutraceuticals linked to memory loss conditions
  • Relations to depression, sleep loss etc
  • Clinical trials data and case studies
  • Which pipeline foods are being developed?
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Jeffrey Zidichouski

    Jeffrey Zidichouski, Director of Research, NRC Institute for Nutrisciences and Health

    9:10 DIET SUPPLEMENTS FOR MACULAR DEGENERATION

    Arun Gupta

    Arun Gupta, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Ashford & St Peters Hospitals

  • Overview of Macular Degeneration
  • Scientific Basis- AREDS Study
  • RCO, AAO recommendations
  • FAQ by patients
  • RDA vs AREDS dose
  • Comparison of different supplements available in UK
  • 9:50 NUTRACEUTICALS IN DISEASE PREVENTION, TREATMENT AND AFTERCARE

    Chris Cairns

    Chris Cairns, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, University of Kingston

  • New Developments in Nutraceuticals in Disease Prevention
  • Co-Existence of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals for the Prevention / treatment of Disease
  • The role of Omega 3 Fatty Acids in Coronary Artery Disease
  • How far have we come in disease prevention with nutraceuticals?
  • Should we continue to focus on healthy eating or disease prevention?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 ENHANCING HUMAN NUTRITION

    Siân Astley

    Siân Astley, European Communications Manager, Institute of Food Research

  • Latest technology and trends
  • Genetic modification of foods to improve nutrition
  • Cost implications
  • Meeting the requirements of an ever expanding population
  • 11:40 OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS AND HEALTH; SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR THE RECOMMENDATIONS

    Parveen Yaqoob

    Parveen Yaqoob, Reader in Cellular & Molecular Nutrition, University of Reading

  • Overview of reported effects of Omega-3 PUFA in heart disease
  • Effects of Omega3 PUFA on cognitive function
  • Effects of Omega-3 PUFA in inflammatory conditions
  • Scientific basis for current recommendations for Omega-3 intake
  • Use of Omega-3 enriched foods to reach current recommendations
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 THE OUTLOOK FOR NANOTECHNOLOGY IN FOOD AND HEALTHFOOD SECTORS

    Qasim Chaudhry

    Qasim Chaudhry, Senior Scientist, Central Science Laboratory

  • New technological prospects for food and healthfood sectors
  • Available products, new opportunities, and market drivers
  • Current knowledge gaps, concerns, and R&D trends
  • 14:30 PROBIOTICS 2008

    Linda Thomas

    Linda Thomas, Science Manager, Yakult UK

  • Probiotic basics
  • The impact of the new legislation
  • The diversity of the probiotic research
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 EXAMINING THE PROPOSAL REVISIONS TO THE EU’S GENERAL FOOD LABELLING REQUIREMENTS & THE IMPACT ON FUNCTIONAL FOOD PRODUCT DESIGN

    Kath Veal

    Kath Veal, Business Manager, Regulatory and Technical Consultancy Services, Leatherhead Food International

  • Understanding the key drivers for tightening EU food labelling regulations
  • Examining the key revisions to the current regulation
  • Which food groups are eligible and exempt from regulation?
  • Evaluating the impact of obligatory front of product information on branding, packaging and design
  • Assessing the implications for manufacturers of complying with varying presentation of information between member states
  • Outlining the proposed date for phased in implementation
  • 16:20 CLINICAL TRIAL PROPOSALS FOR SUBSTANTIATION OF HEALTH CLAIMS FOR FUNCTIONAL FOODS

    Katrin Stade

    Katrin Stade, Scientific Consultant, analyze & realize

  • Criteria for the substantiation of health claims
  • Planning and performance of clinical trials for nutraceuticals and functional foods
  • Examples of study designs in different areas (e.g. immune stimulation)
  • Costs and timelines of clinical trials for nutraceuticals and functional foods
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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    Workshops

    Health Claim Regulation – Challenge and chance for the industry
    Workshop

    Health Claim Regulation – Challenge and chance for the industry

    Copthorne Tara Hotel
    21st October 2008
    London, United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    Scarsdale Place
    Kensington
    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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    WHAT IS CPD?

    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

    CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

    TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

    GLOBAL CPD

    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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