Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences

The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences is a non-profit organization that catalyzes science for the benefit of public health.

aka IAFNS   |   WASHINGTON, DC   |  www.iafns.org

Mission

The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences is a non-profit organization that catalyzes science for the benefit of public health. We bring together scientists from government, academia, and industry to drive, fund, and lead actionable food safety and nutrition research in support of public health. Our collaborative and inclusive tripartite structure empowers members to bring forward diverse perspectives. We receive the majority of our funding from companies in different industries, and we rely upon financial and in-kind support from the public and private sectors to fulfill our mission.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Wendelyn Jones

Main address

740 15TH STREET NW STE 600

WASHINGTON, DC 20005 USA

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EIN

52-1745052

NTEE code info

Biological & Life Sciences (U50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS) is the only organization in North America uniquely positioned to mobilize industry, government and academia to drive, fund and lead actionable research and elevate food safety and nutritional science—all with the ultimate goal of advancing public health. Our collaborative and inclusive tripartite structure empowers members to bring forward the diverse perspectives of the entire food and beverage ecosystem.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Assembly on Scientific Integrity

The Assembly on Scientific Integrity works to address issues of scientific integrity, research public-private partnerships and mitigate conflicts of interest.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Cognitive Health Committee advances translational nutrition research prioritizing real world cognitive health outcomes with meaningful impact on quality of life from adolescence through older age.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

The Caffeine Committee promotes scientific evaluation of health and safety issues related to caffeine consumption and serves as a resource for reliable science on caffeine to support the advancement of public health.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Carbohydrates Committee addresses scientific issues related to technological and physiological functionality of carbohydrates, facilitates dialogue, and disseminates science to improve awareness and understanding of carbohydrates and their health effects.

The Low- and No-Calorie Sweeteners Committee seeks to improve and communicate the physiological, metabolic and cognitive/behavioral science of low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) and the general understanding of their role in dietary management, as well as evaluate how the consumption of LCS can contribute to overall health and wellness.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Dietary Lipids Committee addresses emerging issues and trends associated with dietary fats and oils to inform evidence-based nutrition guidance and to improve human health.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Food and Chemical Safety Committee promotes a science-based determination of the chemical safety of foods to support the advancement of public health.

The Packaging Safety & Sustainability committee seeks to expand scientific knowledge on toxicology, exposure and risk assessment as it relates to food packaging and its components. The committee also works to resolve barriers to wide-scale production and adoption of safe, recycled packaging in support of a more sustainable food supply.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Food Microbiology Committee is committed to proactively improving the understanding and control of microbial food safety hazards to enable scientifically informed decision making,

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Gut Microbiome Committee aims to further the understanding of the relationship between food and the human gut microbiome and its impact on health.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Protein Committee aims to advance the scientific understanding of the optimal distribution of protein intake in dietary patterns for different population subgroups, including examination of the health benefits and risks associated with protein intakes from a variety of sources (animal vs. plant) and the timing of their intake to achieve desired health effects.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Sodium Committee supports collaboration among academic, industry and government scientists; and applied research on the connection between sodium and related nutrients and cardiovascular health.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of public sector members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Public sector scientists from academia, research institutes and government agencies actively participate in IAFNS meetings and programs, providing in-kind intellectual input and expertise.

Number of scientific sessions supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

IAFNS engages scientists from the public and private sectors to support scientific sessions, meetings and workshops. Videos of scientific sessions are available on IAFNS’ YouTube channel.

Number of manuscripts published in the scientific peer-reviewed literature

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

IAFNS is committed to sharing the results of the research we support, regardless of the outcome. Our work is published in scientific journals that undergo stringent peer-review.

Number of scientific projects initiated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Scientists from academia, government and industry work together to identify research priorities. All projects supported by IAFNS follow strict guidelines to ensure scientific integrity & transparency.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

IAFNS aims to serve as a catalyst for the creation of scientific knowledge and dialogue that enables confident decision-making and leads to positive change across the entire food and beverage ecosystem.

IAFNS engages academic, government, and industry experts in a neutral forum to catalyze science that matters. IAFNS supports scientific research, workshops, and educational programs. Our activities are guided by our Core Values of scientific integrity, transparency, collaboration and public benefit. All research supported by IAFNS is published in the peer-reviewed literature regardless of the outcome.

IAFNS comprises a team of highly-qualified and experienced individuals with advanced degrees and experience in nutritional and food science, dietetics, food safety and food toxicology. Together they bring academic, industry, and government experience to bear in managing the scientific integrity, food safety and nutrition programs run by IAFNS’s public-private sector model of engagement.

In 2021, IAFNS focused on establishing credibility and demonstrating relevancy as an independent organization. Moving forward, we’ll continue our efforts to shape a world where credible science drives and informs decision making – from policy makers to consumers.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences

Board of directors
as of 1/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mark Fryling

General Mills

Term: 2022 - 2024


Board co-chair

Andrew Maynard

Arizona State University

Term: 2021 - 2022

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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