Welcome from the Chairs
We are pleased to announce our first international conference Nutrients 2019 - Nutritional Advances in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease. The conference is organized by the MDPI open-access journal Nutrients (Impact Factor 4.196) and will be held as a three-day event in Barcelona, Spain, from September 25‒27, 2019.
Chronic diseases are increasing throughout the developed and developing world. A significant contributor to the burgeoning rates of chronic disease is diet, with some dietary components contributing to disease development, and others being protective. We invite researchers, food industry representatives, policy makers, and others with an interest in the impacts of diet on chronic disease to join us for what will be an exciting event.
The conference will host a number of internationally renowned speakers, and invites submissions for oral presentations and posters. All presenters at the conference will be encouraged to submit a full manuscript of their presentation for consideration for publication in a Special Issue of Nutrients.
We hope to see you in the vibrant and exciting city of Barcelona in September 2019.
Professor Lluis Serra-Majem (Editor-in-Chief of Nutrients and President of the Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Food Sciences)
Professor María-Luz Fernández (Editor-in-Chief of Nutrients)
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Download the conference poster here.
Professor María Luz Fernández
Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA Website
Dr. Fernandez’ research focuses on the effects of dietary strategies and drug treatment to prevent cardiovascular disease. She has employed different dietary regimes in her research, including the Mediterranean diet, carbohydrate restricted diets, inclusion of antioxidants from grapes, and more importantly she has established the lack of association between eggs and heart disease risk factors. She has authored 251 peer-review papers, 14 book chapters, and 235 scientific abstracts.
Dr. Lluis Serra Majem
Research Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain. Website
Lluis is author of more than 800 publications, a total of 500 referenced articles with an Impact Factor over 2300 and a "H Index" of 58 (Scopus), 56 (SCI) and 85 (Google Schoolar). He has edited 75 books on topics in his field and produced 300 chapters and editorials, prologues and presentations. His book “Nutrición y Salud Pública” (1995 & 2006) is a well recognized reference in the field. He has a leading role both nationally and internationally in the field of public health nutrition as well as the Mediterranean Diet.
Dr. Pramod Khosla
Wayne State University, USA Website
Professor Valerie Duffy
University of Connecticut, USA Website
Prof. Dr. Nimbe Torres
Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, México
Professor Carlo La Vecchia
Dept. of Clinical Sciences and Community Health
Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Prof. Dr. Rosa M. Ortega Anta
Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Professor Michael Puglisi
University of Connecticut, USA
Professor Ingrid Lofgren
University of Rhode Island, USA
Dr. Carmen Pérez Rodrigo
The University of the Basque Country, Spain
President of the Sociedad Española de Nutrición Comunitaria (SENC)
Dr. Marcela Vergara-Jiménez
Autonomous University of Sinaloa, Mexico
Professor Scott Going
The University of Arizona, USA
Dr. Donald McNamara
Dr. Emilio Ros
Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain
CIBER Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition, Institute of Health Carlos III, Spain
Former head, Lipid Clinic, Endocrinology and Nutrition Dept, Hospital Clínic and emeritus Investigator, Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi Sunyer, Barcelona. Dr. Ros led the nutrition intervention of the landmark PREDIMED trial of Mediterranean diet for primary cardiovascular prevention and has published more than 340 original papers, over 125 reviews papers, 30 editorials, and 90 scientific textbook chapters on nutrition, lipid metabolism, cardiovascular prevention, and other topics (ORCID 0000-0002-2573-1294).
Professor Jordi Salas-Salvadó
Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
CIBER Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition, Institute of Health Carlos III, Spain
Dr. Salas’ research lines focuses on human clinical trials evaluating the effect of diets and dietary compounds on obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. He is the Director and Chair of the Steering Committee of the PREDIMED-PLUS STUDY. He directed 17 research projects funded by public bodies and 28 in conjunction with pharmaceutical and food industries. He has taken part as co-researcher and co-IP in other projects funded by the FIS, the European Commission and the Inst. of Health Studies of the Catalan Government. He published more than 450 articles, numerous reviews and editorials, edited 6 books and co-authored more than 50.
Dr. Rachel Wong
NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellow, University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr. Rachel Wong is a NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellow at the University of Newcastle, leading the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre. She currently investigating the effects of resveratrol for healthy ageing in women. Trained in transcranial Doppler ultrasonography, she applies this non-invasive technique to assess circulation in cerebral vessels and investigates the enhancement of cerebral perfusion on improving cognitive function. Rachel focuses on translating her findings on populations such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and postmenopausal women who are at greater risk of premature cognitive deficits.
Professor Alison Coates
School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Australia
Associate Professor Alison Coates is a Registered Nutritionist in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia in Adelaide and President-Elect of the Nutrition Society of Australia. Her research focuses on dietary strategies to improve cardiovascular, metabolic and cognitive function with a specific focus on bioactive nutrients in foods and supplements. She is currently working on studies with nuts in children and adults focused on a wide range of health outcomes.
Professor Martha Belury
The Ohio State University, USA
Dr. Belury earned her BS in Nutrition/Dietetics and her PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Belury conducts translational research to identify targets of dietary fatty acids that affect energy metabolism and inflammation. Dr. Belury was recently awarded for her distinguished research by the American Society of Nutrition with is an Elected Fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington, DC.
Dr. Miguel Ángel Martínez-González
University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.
Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, USA. Website
Prof Martínez‐González is a chronic disease epidemiologist with more than 20 years of experience in the study of nutritional, lifestyle, clinical, and genetic determinants of cardiovascular diseases. Since its inception (1999), he is the Principal Investigator of the SUN project (prospective dynamic cohort study investigating Mediterranean diet and cognitive function with 22,800 participants and mean follow‐up of 10 years).
Professor Elizabeth Johnson
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA.
Prof. Johnson's research is focus on the absorption and metabolism of phytonutrients and their relationships with body composition, cognitive performance, and age-related eye disease prevention. She received her PhD. on Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and she is currently an associate professor at Tufts University.
Sessions01. Nutritional Advances in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease
02. Bioactive/Functional Foods
03. Dietary Assessment
04. Polyphenols and Antioxidants
05. Alcohol, Fat and Salt – Are They Really Bad for You?
06. Nutrient and Lifestyle Interactions
07. Nutrients and the Microbiome
08. Nutrition for Ageing Populations
09. Mediterranean Diet
10. Nutrition and Allergic Diseases
11. The Sweet Danger of Sugar
The program of the Nutrients 2019 – Nutritional Advances in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease is being assembled. The final program will be fully available by July 2019.
|Wednesday 25 September 2019||Thursday 26 September 2019||Friday 27 September 2019|
Conference Opening Ceremony
Conference Chairs: Lluis Serra Majem & María-Luz Fernández
Nutritional Advances in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease
|Coffee Break & Poster Session||Coffee Break & Poster Session|
Symposium 1 Cont.
Parallel Session 4
Room A: Nutrient and lifestyle interactions.
Room B: Nutrients and the microbiome.
Plenary Session Cont.
Nutritional Advances in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease
Parallel Session 2
Room A: Alcohol, Fat and Salt – Are They Really Bad for You?
Room B: Polyphenols and antioxidants
The Sweet Danger of Sugar
|Coffee Break||Coffee Break||Conference Awards & Closing Remarks|
|Selected Posters Short Talks||
Parallel Session 3
Room A: Nutrition and allergic diseases
Room B: Mediterranean Diet
Parallel Session 1
Room A: Dietary assessment
Room B: Nutrition for ageing populations
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The registration fee includes attendance of all conference sessions, morning/afternoon coffee breaks and lunches, conference bag and program book.
Participation to the conference is considered final only once the registration fees have been paid. The number of participants is limited: once the number of paid registrations reaches the maximum number of participants, unpaid registrations will be cancelled.
Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by any of the authors, denoted as Covering Author, is required to cover the presentation and publication of any accepted abstract. Covering Author registration deadline is 24 July 2019. Your abstract will be withdrawn if your registration is not complete by this date.
Authors with multiple contributions: Please note that one author registration will cover only ONE accepted abstract. Authors presenting more than 1 contribution are required to pay a surcharge of €50 per additional abstract, unless one co-author is also registered to the conference (e.g., 1 author with 2 abstracts: registration fee + €50; 2 authors with 2 abstracts: 2 registrations fees; 2 authors with 3 abstracts: 2 registration fees + €50; etc.).
Group Registration: groups of 5 or more attendees are offered a 10% discount on the registration fees. To enjoy this discount you need to complete one multiple registration, by selecting the number of people attending in each category (type of registration) during the first step of the registration process. Please note that no other discounts will be applicable.
Certificate of Attendance: Upon request, the participants of the event will receive an electronic Certificate of Attendance by email once the event is concluded.
Conference Dinner: A Gala Dinner will be served on Thursday, 26th September. Please note that the conference fee does not include this social event. Therefore, if you plan to attend the dinner, please make sure you select this extra when registering to the conference (Price per person: €50). Other social/networking events to be announced soon!
|Academic||450.00 EUR||550.00 EUR||650.00 EUR|
|Scientific Board Member of Nutrients||300.00 EUR||400.00 EUR||500.00 EUR|
|Student||300.00 EUR||300.00 EUR||400.00 EUR||
Scanned copy or photograph of your current student ID is required
|Non-academic||750.00 EUR||900.00 EUR||1000.00 EUR|
Cancellation of paid registration is possible under the terms listed below:
|> 2 months before the conference||Full refund but 60 EUR are retained for administration|
|> 1 month before the conference||Refund 50% of the applying fees|
|> 2 weeks before the conference||Refund 25% of the applying fees|
|< 2 weeks before the conference||No refund|
We will endeavour to present the program advertised. However, MDPI and its partners reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, arrangements, timetables, plans, or other items relating directly or indirectly to Nutrients 2019 – Nutritional Advances in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease. MDPI and its partners are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such cancellation. Tours run by third parties may be subject to cancellation or alteration.
Beware of Unauthorized Registration and Hotel Solicitations
Note that Sciforum is the only official registration platform to register to Nutrients 2019, and that we are not associated with any hotel agency (other than the listed in the conference website). While other hotel resellers and travel agencies may contact you with offers for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with Nutrients 2019 or Sciforum. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.
The organizers do not accept liability for personal accident, loss, or damage to private property incurred as a result of participation in Nutrients 2019 – Nutritional Advances in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease. Delegates are advised to arrange appropriate insurance to cover travel, cancellation costs, medical, and theft or damage of belongings.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during the conference
By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the conference’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.
Wire transfer, Credit card
Currencies accepted by this conference
Euro, Swiss franc
Instructions for Authors
The conference "Nutrients 2019 - Nutritional Advances in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease" will accept abstracts only.
The accepted abstracts will be available online on Sciforum.net during and after the conference. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to contribute with a full manuscript to the special issue "Nutritional Advances in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease" in the journal Nutrients.
To present your research at the event
- Create an account on Sciforum if you do not have one, then click on ‘New Submission’ on the upper-right corner of the window, or by clicking on ‘Submit Abstract’ at the top of this webpage.
- Indicate what thematic area is best suited for your research.
- Submit an abstract in English - the word limits are: minimum 150 words and maximum 300 words.
- The deadline to submit your abstract is 3 May 2019. You will be notified by 28 June 2019 about the acceptance for poster presentation.
- Upon submission, you can select if you wish to also be considered for oral presentation. Following assessment by the Chairs, you will be notified by 28 June 2019 in a separate email whether your contribution has been accepted for oral presentation.
- Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by any of the authors, denoted as Covering Author, is required to cover the presentation and publication of any accepted abstract. Covering Author registration deadline is 24 July 2019. Your abstract will be withdrawn if your registration is not complete by this date.
- Authors with multiple contributions: please note that one author registration will cover only ONE accepted contribution. Authors presenting more than 1 contribution during the event will be charged 50 euro per additional abstract (e.g., 1 author with 2 abstracts: registration fee + 50 euro; 2 authors with 3 abstracts: 2 registration fees + 50 euro; etc.).
Maximum poster size limited to 90x140cm, vertical orientation preferred. Please print your poster prior to the conference.
A plan of the poster session will be circulated later on.
Ten posters will be selected prior to the conference by the Scientific Committee, and the authors will have the opportunity to present their poster in a 5-min Flash Presentation during a special session that will take place on the first day of the conference.
The Best Poster Award will be selected and granted to one of these ten flash presentations.
- All accepted abstracts will be available online in Open Access form on Sciforum.net.
- Participants of this conference are cordially invited to contribute with a full manuscript to our Special Issue "Nutritional Advances in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease" in the journal Nutrients.
- The submission deadline for this special issue is 28 February 2020. Conference participants will be granted a 25% discount on the publication fees. Please note that no other institutional discounts will be applicable, except from reviewers’ discount vouchers.
- Nutrients is indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science), MEDLINE (PubMed), and other databases, and has an Impact Factor of 4.196 (2017).
Selected by the Scientific Committee after evaluation of all selected talks presented during the conference.
Ten posters will be selected prior to the conference by the Scientific Committee, and the authors will have the opportunity to present their poster in a 5-min Flash Presentation during a special session that will take place on the first day of the conference. The Best Poster Award will be selected and granted to one of these ten posters.
Venue, Travel and Accommodation
Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and is Spain's second largest city, with a population of over one and half million people.
Located on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, this city has a rich and diverse history, with its roots dating back to Roman times. The fruitful medieval period established Barcelona's position as the economic and political centre of the Western Mediterranean. The city's Gothic Quarter bears witness to the splendour enjoyed by the city from the 13th to the 15th centuries.
The 20th century ushered in widespread urban renewal throughout Barcelona city, culminating in its landmark Eixample district, which showcases some of Barcelona's most distinctive Catalan art-nouveau, or modernista, buildings. The Catalan Antoni Gaudí, one of the most eminent architects, designed buildings such as La Pedrera, the Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Família church, which have become world-famous landmarks.
In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought about a massive upturn in its tourism industry. For visitors, this has translated into the very modern, yet incredibly old city you see now in the 21st century, where new elements work to both preserve and celebrate both the city’s heritage and origins.
Barcelona is plenty of outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums, and churches. The city is also very walkable, with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations.
THE AXA CONVENTION CENTRE
The AXA Convention Centre is located in a vibrant modern zone of the city, next to the main road and with easy access from the airport, as well as the urban and suburban areas.
It is part of the "L'Illa Diagonal", a modern complex which include a shopping centre, two 4-stars hotels, several offices, a sports centre, a public park and a parking with 2500 places.
Address: Avinguda Diagonal, 547, 08029 Barcelona (https://www.google.es/maps/AuditoriAxa)
The international airport of Barcelona is called Barcelona-El Prat and is located 10 km far from the city centre. The airport is well connected to airport hubs in Europe and several locations around the world. For more information about the airport and flights, please visit the official website http://www.aena.es.
Once you get to the airport, you have several options to reach the city centre and/or the conference venue.
To the city centre:
- By shuttle bus: AEROBUS (http://www.aerobusbcn.com). This bus connects Barcelona Airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) with the city center (Pl. Catalunya) in 35 minutes. It runs every day of the year with departures every 5 minutes and cost 5,90 €.
- By train: TRAIN R2 NORD (http://rodalies.gencat.cat). This train connects the Terminal 2 of the airport with the city center (Barcelona-Passeig de Gràcia). It runs every day of the year with departures every 30 minutes and cost 2,20 €.
- By taxi: taxis just outside the arrival area. The taxi from the airport to the city center (Plaza Catalunya) costs approximately 26 € during working days and 30 € during holidays, weekends and nights. Public taxis can apply four types of fares in Barcelona. These fares must be visible inside the taxi, and are usually printed on a sticker over the window. Finally, the amount payable must be indicated on the taximeter.
To the conference venue:
- By metro: LINE L9 (https://www.tmb.cat). This metro line connects Barcelona Airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) with the north-west of the city (Zona Universitària). From here you can take TRAM T1, T2, T3 (get off at L'Illa stop) or bus 7, 67 (get off at Diagonal - Entença stop) (https://www.tmb.cat). The metro from the airport costs 4,50 € and the tram or bus 2,20 €. You can buy the bus/tram ticket at the tram stop or on the bus.
- By taxi: taxis just outside the arrival area. The taxi from the airport to the conference venue costs approximately 23 € during working days and 26€ during holidays, weekends and nights.
Barcelona Sants station is Barcelona's largest train station and provides rail services both in and around Barcelona and for the whole of Spain and beyond. For more information about the station and train service, please visit the official website http://www.renfe.com.
Once you get to the station, you have the following options to reach the conference venue:
- By bus: LINES V7 or 78 (https://www.tmb.cat)
- By taxi: taxis just outside the station. The taxi from the station to the conference venue costs about 8 €.
We want your stay in Barcelona during the conference to be as good as possible. With that in mind, we have agreed a 10% discount with several hotels to make your accommodation choice easier.
We are delighted to announce that the following hotels will offer a discounted price for all Nutrients 2019 attendees:
- Oriente Atiram and Meson Castilla Atiram: Located in Las Ramblas, have a fantastic central location, next to Plaza Catalunya and the famous Boqueria market, 25 minutes away (by metro) from the conference venue.
- Arenas Atiram: The Arenas Atiram Hotel offers a highly personalized service together with very friendly, elegant facilities, only a few meters away from the conference venue.
- Tres Torres Atiram: Located in the center of one of the best residential neighborhoods of Barcelona, next to the distinguished commercial and leisure districts Diagonal Avenue, 2 km away from the conference venue.
Please add the discount code ‘NUTRIENTS19’ while making your reservation.
To ensure availability, we encourage you to book your accommodation as soon as possible.
Beware of Unauthorized Registration and Hotel Solicitations
Note that Sciforum is the only official registration platform to register to Nutrients 2019, and that we are not associated with any hotel agency (other than the listed above). While other hotel resellers and travel agencies may contact you with offers for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with Nutrients 2019 or Sciforum. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.
Citizens of the EU and the EFTA
Citizens of EU and EFTA countries must present valid personal identification, an ID card or a passport. No visa is required.
Regardless of their citizenship, family members of EU and EFTA citizens must present a valid passport and they must have a specific residence permit from a Schengen country (no visa required). Otherwise, a visa must be obtained.
For more information, see http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Portal/en/ServiciosAlCiudadano/InformacionParaExtranjeros/Paginas/Inicio.aspx.
EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
EFTA Countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.
Schengen Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Citizens of the USA and Canada
No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days. However, a passport valid for at least 3 months beyond your date of departure is required (6 months recommended). Spanish government regulations may require a return or on-going ticket or proof of funds.
Subscription to an insurance plan to protect you from the high costs of illness or accident during your stay in Spain is a prerequisite for obtaining your visa. You should obtain adequate travel, health and accident insurance before you depart from your country. The organizers are not responsible for personal injuries, or loss of, or damage to, private property belonging to the congress participants.