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NNDC's 1st Virtual Conference - November 16-18, 2020. 

*Updated Oct 4, 2020*


The Executive Committee (EC) of NNDC is pleased to announce the 41st NNDC meeting will be held virtually on November 16-18, 2020. The conference theme will remain the same.  Given the current situation with COVID-19 and considering the health and safety of all participants, this virtual platform would allow our presenters to showcase their latest research and network with others in this unique field of food composition.  The organizing team has begun to work on the details to deliver a successful Conference that NNDC is known for. It will be different than what was originally planned. At this time, please check the FAQs below to answer some of your questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions: 

1) Tell me more about the virtual Conference for the 41st National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC).

Like many other professional societies, this is the 1st time the NNDC will hold a virtual Conference.  The Conference will have both pre-recorded presentations and live discussions to ensure delivery of quality and engaging sessions.  We will be covering all operating costs related to this virtual Conference so it will be free of charge to all participants.  However, participants are asked to please consider making a donation to support the NNDC via PayPal (link here).


2) Will there be a pre-conference workshop?

We will not be holding the pre-conference workshop on food composition databases that was planned for our in-person  Conference.  If you are interested in learning about this topic prior to the conference, we suggest that you take the online course available at ( Dr. Ruth Charrondière, who developed the course, will be our keynote speaker on Day 3 of the Conference to share her extensive knowledge on food composition. Please register and join us for the virtual NNDC!

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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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