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Possible Potential: Nuclear energy in the service of nutritional science

IAEA-organized Technical Meeting on ‘The Role of Nuclear Techniques to Tackle Nutritional Challenges in the 21st Century’ RECORDINGS ARE NOW LIVE 

 
 
The recordings from the IAEA-organized Technical Meeting on ‘The Role of Nuclear Techniques to Tackle Nutritional Challenges in the 21st Century’ are now available on their website. 
 
Explore specific talks or discussions with time-stamped chapters aligned with the meeting agenda. A web article summarizing the key points of the meeting is also available. 

Recordings available here: Technical Meeting on the Role of Nuclear Techniques to Tackle Nutritional Challenges in the 21st Century | IAEA 

Paving the Way for Enhanced Nutrition Action Using Nuclear Techniques 

2016 to 2025 is the “Decade of Action on Nutrition.” Although there has been an improvement in the relevant nutrition area since 2016, much still remains to be addressed in the burdens of malnutrition. For this reason, the United Nations General Assembly underlined the need to prevent malnutrition, reverse rising trends in overweight and obesity, and reduce the burden of diet-related noncommunicable diseases. 

Until today, there have been many efforts and attempts to solve the challenge of malnutrition; however, the world now requires an effective and evidence-based strategy to overcome this challenge. An IAEA Technical Meeting held in Vienna from October 10 to 13, 2023, discussed the use of nuclear techniques to tackle the nutritional challenges of the 21st century. 

During the meeting, more than 40 nutritionists from around the world gathered to explore the potential use of nuclear techniques in addressing malnutrition and bridging the gap between research in this area. They provided IAEA recommendations on how to employ these techniques in the service of solving malnutrition challenges. 

The positive outcome of the meeting was the definition of a roadmap for research priorities and directions for the future, along with new collaborative opportunities both with the IAEA and beyond. 

For years, the IAEA has supported the progress and refinement of stable isotopes and nuclear techniques in nutritional assessment. These backing aims to enhance precision and accuracy across various applications, including gauging nutrient availability in foods, assessing diet quality, monitoring metabolism, and exploring the connections between cancer and nutrition. 

To read the full article on the IAEA website go to Paving the Way for Enhanced Nutrition Action Using Nuclear Techniques | IAEA 

Stakeholders present at the meeting expressed the belief that the IAEA can support nutritionists and professionals in the field by simplifying techniques for broader usability among other experts. Additionally, they recommended that the IAEA contribute by establishing mentorship programs, training courses, and regional centres of excellence.