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The 4th International Electronic Conference on Nutrients - Plant-Based Nutrition Focusing on Innovation, Health, and Sustainable Food Systems

16–18 Oct 2024
Event's Timezone: Central European Summer Time
Abstract Submission Deadline
18th June 2024
Abstract Acceptance Notification
16th August 2024

Registration Deadline
11th October 2024

Nutrient Science, Sustainable Food Systems, Plant-Based Diet, Innovation In Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Environmental Sustainability
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Welcome from the Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to this virtual online conference, an exclusive meeting dedicated to the latest developments in scientific research in the field of nutrient research, with a focus on innovations for health and sustainability. This conference aims to serve as a multidisciplinary platform for the exploration of innovative research and advancements in nutrient science. Emphasizing both macro- and micronutrients, the conference will delve into novel methodologies for nutrient extraction, bioavailability, and functional food development. Analytical techniques such as metabolomics, proteomics, and nutrient profiling will be discussed in the context of their application to food safety and quality. As the global search for healthier and more sustainable diets intensifies, the role of nutrients and lifestyle modification are at the forefront. For a healthier and more sustainable diet, it is clear that most people will need to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet. Moreover, as we strive to feed a growing world population, the role of plant-based foods becomes increasingly critical. The aim is to explore the effectiveness of using plant-based nutrition as a primary approach in preventing, suspending, and even reversing chronic diseases. Furthermore, the conference aims to foster dialogue on the critical intersections between nutrient science, public health, and sustainable food systems. Our collective goal is to challenge existing scientific paradigms, broaden the scope of research, and contribute to an integrated approach where innovation, health, and sustainability coexist harmoniously.

The topics of this conference include:
S1. Plant-Based Diets: Health and Well-being
S2. Innovation in Dietary Choices
S3. Diet and Chronic Disease Management
S4. Global Nutrition Trends: Shaping Health and Athletic Performance
S5. Behavioral Approaches to Healthier Eating
S6. Nutrition Across the Lifespan

I extend my warmest welcome to you, esteemed scholars and experts, as participants of this virtual online conference. Together, we will embark on a journey into the diverse world of plant-based nutrition, sharing knowledge and discoveries that will shape the future of food systems for the benefit of humanity and the planet.

Best wishes,
Dr. Mauro Lombardo
Department of Human Sciences and Promotion of Quality of Life San Raffaele Open University, Rome

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Event Chairs

Department of Human Sciences and Promotion of Quality of Life, San Raffaele Open University, 00166 Rome, Italy

With over 20 years in medicine and a specialization in Food Science, I have focused my career on bridging the gap between clinical practice and academic research. For a decade, I served in pivotal clinical roles, primarily at Tor Vergata Hospital in Rome, where I concentrated on obesity treatment and body composition analysis. My research interests are varied, covering areas such as obesity prevention, sports medicine, nutritional biochemistry, and the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. I have a particular focus on nutrition assessment and therapy, aiming to provide holistic solutions for obesity and related health issues.

College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

Carol S. Johnston is Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Success in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. She has published over 150 research articles and book chapters focused on the impacts of functional foods, botanicals, and nutrients on human health outcomes. She is a registered dietitian and an expert in vitamin C metabolism, the medicinal use of vinegar, high protein/low carbohydrate diets for weight loss, and vegetarian diets. She is often quoted in popular magazines and news outlets and is listed among the top 1% of cited scientists world-wide. She has held elected positions on Expert Committees of the U.S. Pharmacopoeia in Washington DC. She has been recognized on multiple occasions for her teaching excellence at ASU, and she has received several national awards from the American College of Nutrition for her professional and academic accomplishments.

Event Committee

Department of Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608, USA, Director of the Human Performance Laboratory, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029, USA

Department of Biochemistry and Physiology, Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences, University of Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Spain, Nutrition and Food Safety Research Institute (INSA), 08921 Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Spain

Chemical and Pharmaceutical Biological Sciences and Technologies Department, Università degli Studi di Palermo, 90133 Palermo, Italy

School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Griffith University, QLD 4222 Gold Coast, Australia

IBD and Intestinal Failure Clinic, Gastroenterology Section, Promise, University of Palermo, 90133 Palermo,Italy

Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Department of Paediatrics, University of Pécs, 7622 Pécs, Hungary

College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

Division of Nutritional Science & Obesity Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA

Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Clinic, Institut d'Investigació Biomèdica August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), University of Barcelona, Villarroel, 08036 Barcelona, Spain

Division of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, Melbourne VIC 3052, Australia

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Bromatology, University of Santiago de Compostela, 15705 Lugo, Spain

Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA

Food Science & Human Nutrition Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA

Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052, USA

Department of Clinical Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy

Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens 157 72, Greece

Department of Nutrition and Health, Federal University of Viçosa, MG 36570-000 Viçosa, Brazil

Food Technology Department, Federal University of Viçosa, 36570-900 Viçosa, Brazil

Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 3200003, Israel

Department of Molecular and Cellular Sports Medicine, Institute for Cardiovascular Research and Sports Medicine, German Sports University, 50333 Cologne, Germany

Nutrition and Gut Microbiome Lab, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Washington State University Spokane, WA 99202 Spokane, USA

School of Health Professions, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, TX 76513, USA

Session Chairs

Dr. Egeria Scoditti

National Research Council –Institute of Clinical Physiology, Lecce Section, Laboratory of Vascular Biology and Nutrigenomics, Ecotekne Campus, Via Monteroni, 73100 Lecce, Italy

Session Name
S1. Plant-Based Diets: Health and Well-being
Egeria Scoditti is a permanent researcher at the Institute of Clinical Physiology (IFC) of the National Research Council (CNR), Lecce and Pisa, Italy. She holds a degree in Biology, a PhD in Innovative Strategies in Biomedical Research, and a specialization in Clinical Biochemistry. Her research interests concern the molecular basis of atherosclerosis, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease, with focus on cell signaling, gene expression regulation, lipid and glucose metabolism, immunity, and circadian rhythms. The role of natural compounds, nutrients as well as drugs in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases is also studied. She is author of more than 78 published papers and several book chapters.

Prof. Dr. Elad Tako

Department of Food Science and Technology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Session Name
S2. Innovation in Dietary Choices
Dr. Tako holds degrees in animal science (B.S.), endocrinology (M.S.), and physiology/nutrigenomics (Ph.D.), with previous appointments at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, North Carolina State University, and USDA-ARS. As an Associate Professor with the department of Food Science, at Cornell University, Dr. Tako’s research focuses on various aspects of trace mineral deficiencies, emphasizing molecular, physiological and nutritional factors and practices that influence the intestinal micronutrient absorption. With over 100 peer-reviewed publications and presentations, he leads a research team focused on understanding the interactions between dietary factors, physiological and molecular biomarkers, the microbiome, and intestinal functionality. His research accomplishments include the development of the Gallus gallus intra-amniotic administration procedure, and establishing recognized approaches for using animal models within mineral bioavailability and intestinal absorption screening processes. He has also developed a zinc status physiological blood biomarker (red blood cell Linoleic Acid:Dihomo-γ-Linolenic Acid Ratio), and molecular tissue biomarkers to assess the effect of dietary mineral deficiencies on intestinal functionality, and how micronutrients dietary deficiencies alter gut microbiota composition and function.

Prof. Dr. Jaime Uribarri

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029, USA

Session Name
S3. Diet and Chronic Disease Management
Dr. Jaime Uribarri is a practicing nephrologist and clinical investigator in NYC. He has been in The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NYC, since 1990, where he is currently Professor of Medicine and Director of the Renal Clinic and the Home Dialysis Program at the Mount Sinai Hospital. In parallel with his clinical activities, Dr Uribarri has been very active in clinical investigation for more than 40 years. His main areas of research have been on acid-base and fluid and electrolytes disorders as well as nutrition in chronic kidney disease and diabetic patients. He has published well over 200 peer-reviewed papers with an H index of 62 and written many chapters in books. He has lectured extensively on these research topics in New York City as well as in national and international meetings. He has edited a book on dietary AGEs and co-edited a book on dietary phosphorus published by the CRC Press and another one on Nutrition, Fitness and Mindfulness published by Humana Press. He serves as an ad hoc referee for numerous nutrition, medical and other scientific journals and he is an active member of several health organizations and professional national and international associations.

Dr. Justyna Godos

Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences, University of Catania, 95123 Catania, Italy

Session Name
S3. Diet and Chronic Disease Management
Justyna Godos’s primary research focuses on how nutritional factors relate to human health. Her key disciplinary area is nutritional epidemiology. She published over 100 scientific articles, and she is mostly known for her research into the health benefits of polyphenol-containing foods and beverages and their effects on chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and brain-related disorders. Much of her recent work is centered on establishing the link and relation between diet and mental health and sleep quality.

Prof. Dr. David C. Nieman

Department of Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608, USA, Director of the Human Performance Laboratory, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA

Session Name
S4. Global Nutrition Trends: Shaping Health and Athletic Performance
David Nieman is a professor in the Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, at Appalachian State University, and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC. Dr. Nieman is a pioneer in the research area of exercise and nutrition immunology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the sports nutrition section of the journals Nutrients.

Dr. Francisco J. Pérez-Cano

Department of Biochemistry and Physiology, Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences, University of Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Spain, Nutrition and Food Safety Research Institute (INSA), 08921 Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Spain

Session Name
S6. Nutrition Across the Lifespan
Francisco J Pérez-Cano was born and educated in Barcelona. He studied the degree of Pharmacy (1999) at the University of Barcelona (UB) where he also studied different masters in higher education. He joined in 1996 to the “Autoimmunity, Immunonutrition and Tolerance Research Group” in the Department of Physiology. He moved to the Center for Immunology at the University of California-Irvine in 2003-2004 to complete his training and he defended his PhD about “Mucosal Immunity Acquisition in Early Life” in 2004. After that, he was hired as associate professor (2005), Lecturer (2007) and finally as a Permanent Associate Professor (2011) in the Department of Physiology of the University of Barcelona. He is currently teaching different subjects in the Degrees of Pharmacy, Food Science and Technology, Human Nutrition and in several University Masters. He performed a post-doctoral training (2009) at the University of Reading (UK) and has participated in more than 50 research projects with public funding but also in collaboration with industry. Francisco has more than 120 peer-review manuscripts, a book and several book chapters in the field. Francisco’s research interests are Immunonutrition in early life. He has focused, on the one hand in the impact of cocoa, and its components, in immunity and microbiota in health conditions but also in disease by using models of acute/chronic inflammation and allergy. On the other hand, he has studied the impact of several components present in breast milk (whey proteins, lactoferrin, CLA, oligosaccharides, probiotic bacteria, etc.) at preclinical level on the developing immune function of infants but also under viral infections. His current line of research is focused on the effect of prebiotics, probiotics, postbiotics and its combinations on the neonatal immune system and the impact of maternal diet on immunity programming. Dr. Pérez-Cano is the director of the Research Institute for Nutrition and Safety-UB (INSA-UB), Ambassador of the Spanish Society of Immunology (SEI) and Section Chief Editor of “Nutritional Immunology” in

Invited Speakers

Statistical Laboratory, Faculty of Health Sciences, Jagiellonian University Medical College, 31-126 Kraków, Poland

I completed master's and doctoral studies in mathematical sciences (discipline: mathematics) and next I got the habilitation in medical and health sciences (discipline: health sciences). I am an academic teacher. I have an experience in collaboration with some healthcare institutions in Poland for example Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Tariff System (AOTMiT), a public HTA institution, which supports the decision-making process in the healthcare system; Arcana Institute (INAR), one of the oldest companies in Poland offering support for reimbursement dossier development. As a member of a research team I collaborated in international projects implemented by the Department of Epidemiology and Population Research, Jagiellonian University Medical College, such as: CHANCES Consortium on Health and Ageing Network of Cohorts in Europe and the United States (2014-2015), EUROASPIRE IV European Action on Secondary Prevention through Intervention to Reduce Events. (2015-2016), ATHLOS Ageing Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies. Program: HORYZONT 2020 (2016-2017), HAPIEE Health, Alcohol and Psychosocial factors In Eastern Europe as well as in WOBASZ II study Multi-centre National Population Health Examination Survey. I was a manager or contractor of several grants received from the National Science Center (NCN), a Polish government agency, for example Uniqueness and strong uniqueness of minimal extensions – in the field of mathematics during my PhD studies and Assessment of the association between polyphenol consumption and cognitive status in the discipline of health sciences. My research focuses on influence of dietary habits on human health. I am working on the evidence synthesis aimed to develop research in the field of nutrition with special regard to impact of polyphenols on cardiovascular and metabolic disease and cancer.
Research Keywords
nutrition, epidemiology

Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padova, 35121 Padova, Italy

Francesco Visioli is Professor of Human Nutrition at the Department of Molecular Medicine of the University of Padova (Italy). His research ranges from in vitro studies of bioactivity (test tubes, cell cultures) to in vivo tests, performed on laboratory animals and/or humans. Dr Visioli has a publication record of more than 400 papers and book chapters, which have been cited over 17,000 times. Francesco Visioli has been studying natural compounds since 1993, in a pharma-nutritional framework.

Food Technology Department, Federal University of Viçosa, 36570-900 Viçosa, Brazil

Department of Food and Drug, University of Parma, 43124 Parma, Italy

Assistant professor in Human Nutrition at the Department of Food and Drug. She has a Master Degree in Human Nutrition (University of Milan) and a Ph.D in Food Science (University of Parma). Currently, she is carrying out several European and national projects focused on eating behaviour and food choices, diet evaluation in terms of nutrition adequacy and environmental impact, and nutrition education, with a particular focus on children and young people. She is also actively involved in the development of edutainment applications for the nutritional coaching and for the evaluation of eating behaviours and lifestyle. She is an active member of the Italian Human Nutrition Society (SINU) Working Group “SINU Young”, and a founding member of the “Italy Regional Network” for NNedPro (Need for Nutrition Education Project) Global Centre for Nutrition.


The registration for IECN 2024 will be free of charge! The registration includes attendance to all conference sessions.

If you are registering several people under the same registration, please do not use the same email address for each person, but their individual university email addresses. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note that the submission and registration are two separate parts. Only scholars who registered can receive a link to access the conference live streaming. The deadline for registration is 11th October 2024.

Instructions for Authors

Procedure for Submission

IOCNU 2024 will accept abstracts only. The accepted abstracts will be available online on during and after the conference.

Important Deadlines
  1. Deadline for abstract submission: 18 June 2024.
  2. Announcement of oral and poster abstract results: 16 August 2024. You will be notified of the acceptance of an oral/poster presentation in a separate email.

Certificates of Participation are available in your logged-in area of, under “My Certificates” after the conference.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submissions should be completed online by registering with and using the "Submit Abstract" function once logged into the system. No physical template is necessary.

  1. The abstract structure should include the introduction, methods, results, and conclusions sections of about 200–300 words in length.
  2. All accepted abstracts will be published as one dedicated volume in Proceedings journal (ISSN: 2504-3900). If you wish to publish a full-length proceedings paper, please refer to the “Publication Opportunities” Section.
  3. All abstracts should be submitted and presented in clear, publication-ready English with accurate grammar and spelling.
  4. You may submit multiple abstracts. However, only one abstract will be selected for oral presentation.

Detailed Requirements:

  1. The submitting author must ensure that all co-authors are aware of the contents of the abstract.
  2. Please select only one presenter for each submission. If you would like to change the presenter after submission, please email us accordingly.

Note: We only accept live presentations.

Oral Presentation and Slides Submission

The slot for the oral presentation is 15 mins. We advise that your presentation lasts for a maximum of 12 mins, leaving at least 3 mins for the Q&A session.

Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the abstract. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly on the website using the proprietary slide viewer at Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results are presented. Slides should be converted to PDF format prior to submission so that they can be converted for online display.

Poster Presentation


  • Should include the title, authors, contact details and main research findings, as well as tables, figures and graphs where necessary.
  • File format: PDF (.pdf).
  • Size in pixel: 1080 width x 1536 height–portrait orientation.
  • Size in cm: 38,1 width x 54,2 height–portrait orientation.
  • Font size: ≥16.Examples of successful submissions can be viewed here at the following links: (1), (2), (3)
    You can use our free template to create your poster. The poster template can be downloaded HERE.
    The Poster Sessions will take place in Zoom break-out rooms. The rooms will be called after your surname. You will automatically be assigned to your break-out room, however, you will be responsible for your own room, i.e. sharing your screen by yourself, handling the comments in the chat if there are any, etc. People will then be able to visit your room and discuss your poster with you. Please make sure you have the Zoom Desktop client or mobile app, version 5.3.0 or higher.
    We will reach out to you closer to the dates of the conference with more information.
Publication Opportunities
  1. Nutrients Journal Publication
    Participants in this conference are cordially invited to contribute a full manuscript to the conference's Special Issue, published in Nutrients (ISSN: 2072-6643, Impact Factor 5.9), with a 10% discount on the publication fee. Please note that no other discounts are applicable. All submitted papers will undergo MDPI’s standard peer-review procedure. The abstracts should be cited and noted on the first page of the paper.
  2. Proceeding Paper Publication
    You are welcome to submit a proceeding paper (4-8 pages) to MDPI Biology and Life Sciences Forum (ISSN: 2673-9976) after the conference. Publication of the proceedings will be free of charge.

    Authors are asked to disclose that it is a proceeding paper of the IOCNU2024 conference paper in their cover letter. Carefully read the rules outlined in the 'Instructions for Authors' on the journal’s website and ensure that your submission adheres to these guidelines.

    Proceedings submission deadline: 2 December 2024

    Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must be formatted as follows:
    Full author names.
    Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses.
    Results and Discussion.

Potential Conflicts of Interest

It is the author's responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state "The authors declare no conflicts of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Any financial support for the study must be fully disclosed in the "Acknowledgments" section.


MDPI, the publisher of the platform, is an open access publisher. We believe authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting an abstract to this conference, you retain the copyright to the work, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this abstract online on the platform. This means you can easily submit your full paper (with the abstract) to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher if required.

Event Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference's esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to launch the Best Oral Presentation Award and Best Poster Award.

The Awards
Best Presentation Award and Best Poster Award

Number of Awards Available: 6

The Best Oral Presentation Award is given to the paper judged to make the most significant oral contribution to the conference.
The Best Poster Award is given to the submission judged to make the most significant and interesting poster for the conference.

There will be six winners selected for these awards. The winner will receive a certificate and 200 CHF each.

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Conference Secretariat

Ms. Ioana Vintila
Ms. Mosa Zhang
Ms. Jin Wang

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