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The National Nutrient Databank Conference is held bi-annually to foster communication among nutrient database generators and users.  Participation is open to researchers from academia, the food industry, government, and other interested parties. We invite you to learn more.

About Us

NNDC History

Since 1976, the National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC) Steering Committee has organized formal meetings for food composition experts, researchers, and software developers/users to keep abreast of changes and developments in food composition databases (FCDBs). FCDBs are cornerstones to nutrition research, food and nutrition monitoring and surveillance, clinical nutrition practice, and food development. As such, they are important to the academia, federal government, healthcare professionals, food industry, database managers, and the public.

In particular, applications of FCDBs reach the nutrition and food community, assisting dietitians in counseling, clinicians in conducting research, and food companies in product development, labeling, and consumer relations.    


Throughout the years, NNDC has gained increasing acknowledgment and participation, and it has been held as a satellite meeting to both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Nutrition in the United States. Going forward, NNDC aims to enhance participation from international counterparts specializing in FCDBs to further shape the future of this unique field and, ultimately, to help maintain and improve nutrition health for all.

Committee Members

Committee Members

The Executive and Steering Committees of the NNDC are volunteer positions held by a diverse team of industry veterans, researchers, scientists, and leaders.

Executive Committee

Pamela Pehrrson

United States Department
of Agriculture 

Lisa Harnack

Nutrition Coordinating Center, University of Minnesota

Julie Eichenberger-Gilmore
Grants Manager

Veterans Affairs

Nancy Emenaker

National Cancer Institute/NIH

Thea Zimmerman


David Haytowitz

United States Department
of Agriculture (Retired)

Lauri Byerley


Louisiana State University

Steering Committee

Isabelle Massarelli

Host 43rd NNDC

Health Canada

Claire Peacock

Nominations Committee Chair


Julie Hess
United States Department
of Agriculture 

Wen Yen Juan

Food & Drug Administration

Thea Bourianne

Program Committee Chair

NIQ Label Insight

Cristine Barrosa

University of Tennessee

David Holben

University of Mississippi

Mary L'Abbé

University of Toronto

Young No

Diane Mitchell

Penn State University

Dana Hoffman-Pennesi
Communications Chair

Food & Drug Administration

Catherine Champagne

Pennington Biomedical
Research Center

Colin Kay

University of Arkansas
for Medical Sciences

Alanna Moshfegh

United States Department
of Agriculture

Marie-France Verreault
Health Canada

Brian Westrich

McWest Corp.

Judith Spungen
Food & Drug Administration

Yong Zhu

Wayzek Science

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