Nutrition science encompasses a spectrum of disciplines and involves use of many methodologies. In the past, major advances in nutrition were made at level of organs to organisms; most recent advances have been at the population level and most recently at the molecular level. The discovery that dietary alterations can modify gene expression suggests that what we eat has even more profound implications than had previously been believed. These disciplines now need to be integrated at the human level to promote the practical application of nutritional sciences in the metabolic, clinical and public health nutrition. Pakistan, a developing country, with a population of more than 160 million people is the 6th most populous country in the world. Its population includes 76.8 million women and 7.81 million children (under age 5 years) who suffer from a variety of nutritional deficiency disorders. Nutrition surveys have revealed that deficiencies range from protein-calorie malnutrition to those of specific nutrients in certain areas of the country. These deficiencies have resulted in growth retardation, mental disorders and various types of physical disabilities. Consequently, low productivity, poverty and low standard of living are widespread. Measures like iodization of salt and addition of vitamins and minerals to wheat flour have been undertaken to rectify the nutrient deficiency syndrome in the country. With advancement in the science of nutrition, people of all ages specifically women and children and newer methods of interventions to improve the health of vulnerable groups must be an excellent subject of discussion in the international conference.
THEMES OF THE CONFRENCE
Two and a half days will be dedicated to the oral presentations and poster communications in the following sessions:
1) Nutrition of vulnerable groups
2) Modern concepts in community nutrition
3) Innovative nutritional products of industrial interest
4) Food safety and regulations in the modern era
5) Nutrition as preventive medicine
6) Nutrition interventions
8) Open session
Abstract Submission 15th August, 2009
Selection/ Confirmation 30th August, 2009
Full Paper Submission 15th September, 2009
Online Registration 31st September, 2009
REGISTRATION PROCEDURE AND FEE
For registration please complete and return the attached registration form along with registration fee through bank draft payable to â€œPakistan Society of Food Scientists and Technologistsâ€ C/O National Institute of Food Science & Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad-Pakistan.
Foreign participant US $ 100.00
Foreign student US $ 50.00
Local participant Pak Rs. 1000.00
Local student Pak Rs. 500.00
Participants are required to make their own travel arrangements. Faisalabad is very well connected with other cities in the country by air, rail and road. Flights operate daily between Faisalabad and Karachi. Alternately, one may take international flight for Lahore or Islamabad that are at 2Â½ and 4Â½ hours drive, respectively. Many trains shuttle between Faisalabad and Lahore.
Foreign participants should make their own arrangements for obtaining Pakistani Visa by contacting the Pakistani Embassy/Consulate in their home countries. If needed, the organizers will send official letter confirming their participation at the conference.
During December, pleasant weather with day and night temperature between 20-25oC and 10-15oC, respectively is expected.
Accommodation for delegates attending the Conference will be available in 2-4 star hotels. The rates per night vary from US $ 50-300; the exact details for various hotels shall be made available upon request. Kindly intimate about your accommodation requirements till 15th September, 2009. Local hospitality will be provided by the organizers.