May 5th, 2016
5th edition of the Better Foods for Better Health symposium

From April 8-10th over 100 global experts from academia, international organizations, NGOs, regulatory authorities and industry met at Les Pensières, the Fondation Mérieux Conference Center, for the 5th edition of the “Better Foods for Better Health” forum organized by the Fondation Mérieux with the support of Mérieux NutriSciences.

Food safety and nutrition are major global public health challenges. There is an increasing awareness that good nutrition is key to building and sustaining health and well-being. The “Better Foods for Better Health” series of symposiums is dedicated to sharing the latest scientific developments in nutrition in both developed and developing countries. Valuable insight from industry is provided, placing the consumer at the centre of the dialogue between scientific evidence and public policy makers.
This year’s symposium “Microbiota & Health: the challenges of a promising approach” addressed the role of the gut microbiota in health and chronic diseases through 3 main sessions:

  • Metabolic syndromes: obesity, diabetes, NSH, NAFLD
  • Malnutrition, kwashiorkor & cachexia
  • Microbiota, nutrition and healthy living

New perspectives from the microbiota approach to prevent or cure disease were presented and opportunities offered by novel scientific models based on microbiota studies were discussed.
Increasing dialogue between the scientific community, regulatory, nutrition and industry stakeholders is a top priority. Mérieux NutriSciences is proud to contribute to this dialogue with Fondation Mérieux.