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NNDC Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) *Updated March 18, 2020


Considering the current unpredictable situation with COVID-19, the health and safety of all attendees, and the invaluable in-person meeting experience, the Executive Committee (EC) of NNDC has decided to postpone the 41st NNDC meeting to potentially occur in the Fall 2020. The conference theme will remain the same. We will inform you of the new dates for the 41st NNDC once they are determined. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1) Why not convert the 41st National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC) to a video-conference?

After careful consideration the EC decided it would be preferable to postpone the conference at a date to be determined in the Fall of 2020. Many of the participants in past meetings have told us that one of the things they value most about the conference is the opportunity to network with their colleagues and other experts. Also, given the ongoing evolving situation with COVID-19, the EC wishes to allow time for all to focus on health and safety first. Postponing the 41st NNDC will enable us to continue to deliver the successful conferences for which the NNDC is known. 


2) I’ve already registered for the conference; what happens to my registration fee?

All registration fees will be refunded unless you wish to donate them to the NNDC. An email from has been sent to all registrants. Please check your inbox for this email and respond by April 30, 2020.

3) My presentation was accepted in January. Will I still have the chance to present it on the new date?

Yes, all presenters (oral and poster) will receive an email from the Program Committee chair ( at the email address that they used to submit their abstracts. We certainly wish to learn about your work at the 41st NNDC! Once a date is determined for the Conference in the Fall 2020, you have the chance to revise or update your abstract. More information will be shared at that time.


4) If my abstract was accepted but I cannot attend on the new date, will I still have the option to submit my manuscript on my presentation topic for inclusion in a Special Issue on the 41st NNDC proceedings?

The Special Issue on the 41st NNDC proceedings is intended to showcase the presentations, either oral or as a poster, that will be shared at the Conference. Therefore, only presentations made at the conference will be eligible to be included in the Special Issue. In the event you are unable to attend the Conference on the new date, you may have one of your co-authors give the presentation on your behalf.  In these cases, your manuscript could be included in the Special Issue.


5) I submitted my abstract for consideration for a student/new investigator award. Am I still eligible?

Yes. All abstracts submitted for award considerations are still eligible. Although we realize that your student status may have changed (e.g. graduated, new job, etc.) by the fall, the award process remains the same. A panel of judges will need to evaluate the presentation in person. Therefore, if you are unable to attend the conference, we will not be able to consider you as a candidate for an award.

6) Can I get a refund of my airline fare and hotel registration?

The NNDC is not responsible for the cancellation policies of airlines and hotels. Please check with your airline and the hotel as to their cancellation policies. In place of refunds, many airlines are issuing vouchers good for travel in the next 12 months. Therefore, you will be able to use them to attend the conference on the new date.

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NNDC Awards

NNDC Recognition Award

At each conference, the National Nutrient Databank Conference recognizes individuals who have contributed to the field of food composition or to the NNDC organization.  A call for nominations for the NNDC Recognition Award is sent out prior to the biannual meeting.  Nominees are reviewed by the Executive Committee and ratified by the Steering Committee.  The Awardee receives a plaque and makes a presentation at the conference. 


Awardees of the National Nutrient Databank Conference Recognition Award

(Prior to 2018, this award was known as the Lifetime Achievement Award)

Student and New Investigator Awards

Students and new investigators (<5 years post degree) are eligible for an award for an oral presentation. The NNDC Executive Committee will select up to six students/new investigators for awards. One award will be given for $1,000 USD; runners-up will each receive $150 USD. Eligible applicants have filled in relevant information when submitting their abstracts for presentation at the Conference and have obtained a letter of support from their advisor/mentor.

The awards will be based on the scientific merit of the abstract, oral presentation and the letter of support for the presenter.

Student Poster Award

The NNDC Executive Committee will recognize up to 3 students (undergraduate or graduate levels) with exemplary posters. Awardees (poster first authors) will receive $150 USD, certificate, and recognition on the NNDC website. Eligible applicants have filled in relevant information when submitting their abstracts for presentation at the Conference and have obtained a letter of support from their advisor/mentor.


In Memoriam

The National Nutrient Databank Conference remembers and recognizes the contributions of the following volunteers, all of whom gave generously of their time, talents, and energy to the conference.

Phyllis Stumbo (1934-2017)
University of Iowa

Marilyn Buzzard (1934-2015)
Nutrition Coordinating Center at the University of Minnesota
and Virginia Commonwealth University

Joanne Holden (1946-2014)
Research Leader, USDA Nutrient Data Lab

Frank Hepburn (1922-2003)
Leader, USDA Nutrient Data Research Group

Margaret Carrington Moore (1896-1995)
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

Ruth Matthews (1927-2000)
Chief, USDA Nutrient Data Research Branch

Robert Rizek (1931-1997)
Director of Consumer and Food Economics
Research Division, USDA

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