National Nutrient Databank Logo

National Nutrient
Databank Conference


40th National Nutrient Databank Conference

July 23 - 25, 2018

Theme: Advancing Food and Nutrient Databases through Partnerships and Technology

Preliminary Conference Program Update

The preliminary Conference Program has just been updated! Take a look at the activities and sessions planned on each of the 3 days of this exciting conference! Note: This is a preliminary program and is subject to change.

Click here to download a PDF version of the program.

Monday, July 23, 2018
7:30 ‐ 5:00 Registration
7:30 ‐ 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 ‐ 9:00 WELCOME
9:00 ‐ 10:00 KEYNOTE: Title TBD
Ted Labuza, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota
10:00 ‐ 10:15 Break
Session 1 Advancing Our National Nutrient Databases
  Session Chairs: Pamela Pehrsson and Laura Sampson
10:15 ‐ 10:45 Big Data, the Food System and Public Health: Addressing the Questions of Tomorrow in a Changing Environment
John Finley, National Program Leader, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
10:45 ‐ 11:00 Advances in the 2015-2016 Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies
Alanna Moshfegh, Research Leader, Food Surveys Research Group, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
11:00 ‐ 11:15 Items Designated as Fortified: Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies (FNDDS), 2013-2014
Carrie Martin, Nutritionist, Food Surveys Research Group, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
11:15 ‐ 11:30 A Partnership for Better Health: USDA Branded Food Products Database
Alison Kretser, International Life Sciences Institute, North America
11:30 ‐ 11:45 Modernization and Revitalization of the FDA Total Diet Study
Judi Spungen, US Food and Drug Administration
11:45 ‐ 12:15 Questions and Discussion
12:15 ‐ 1:45 Lunch and Poster Session 1 with Presenters
Session 2 Dietary Components: New Research and Challenges
  Session Chairs: Bernadette Marriott and Trish Zecca
1:45 ‐ 2:05 Protein Quality, Efficiency, and Methodology: Assuring Accurate Labels and Databases and Adequate Intake
David Plank, University of Minnesota
2:05 ‐ 2:25 Are Conversion Factors used in Food Composition Databases Still Valid?
David Haytowitz, Nutrient Data Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
2:25 ‐ 2:45 Addition of Gluten to a Food and Nutrient Database
Bhaskarani Jasthi, Nutrition Coordinating Center, Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota
2:45 ‐ 3:05 Comprehensive Chemical Profiles of Foods as a Basis for Comparison and Characterization of Variance
James Harnly, Research Leader, Food Composition and Methods Development Lab, Agriculture Research Service, USDA
3:05 ‐ 3:25 Updating Human Milk Nutrient Composition in USDA FooDs: Where We Are Now and Future Directions
Xianli Wu, Nutrient Data Laboratory, Nutrient Data Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
3:25 ‐ 3:45 Iodine in Foods and Dietary Supplements: Development of Special Interest Data
Pamela Pehrsson, Research Leader, Nutrient Data Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
3:45 ‐ 4:15 Break
Session 3 International Nutrient Databases and Data
  Session Chairs: Alanna Moshfegh and Rachel Fisher
4:15 ‐ 4:35 What are Canadians Eating in 2015?
Isabelle Massarelli, Bureau of Food Surveillance and Science Integration, Food Directorate, Health Canada
4:35 ‐ 4:55 New Information Portal about Food Composition Databases and Tables: the World Nutrient Databases for Dietary Studies
Morven McLean, ILSI Research Foundation
4:55 ‐ 5:15 Assessment of Sodium and Sugar Content in Infant and Toddler Prepackaged Foods in Canada
Mary L'Abbe, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
5:15 ‐ 5:30 Nutritional Analysis of Selected Commercial Rice Varieties of Sindh, Pakistan
Najma Memon, National Centre of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Pakistan
5:30 Housekeeping and ADJOURN
6:00 ‐ 8:00 RECEPTION
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
8:00 ‐ 5:00 Registration
8:00 ‐ 9:00 Breakfast
  Posters displayed all day. Authors present 12:30 ‐ 1:30.
9:00 ‐ 9:15 WELCOME
Session 4 Advances in Food Labels to Meet the Needs of Consumers and Researchers
  Session Chairs: Session Chairs: Judi Spungen and Rose Tobelmann
9:15 ‐ 9:45 Update on Food Labeling
Patricia Hansen, Deputy Director, CFSAN Office of Nutrition and Labeling, US Food and Drug Administration
9:45 ‐ 10:00 Methodology to Modernize the RACCs/Serving Sizes for the Nutrition Facts Label
WenYen Juan, Office of Nutrition and Food Labeling, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, US Food and Drug Administration
10:00 ‐ 10:15 Questions and Discussion
10:15 ‐ 10:45 Break
10:45 ‐ 11:05 Effects of a voluntary Front‐of‐Pack Nutrition Labelling System on Packaged Food Reformulation
Cliona Ni Mhurchu, National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
11:05 ‐ 11:25 Tracking Changes in Sodium Content of Popular Commercially Processed and Restaurant Foods Using USDA‐CDC Sentinel Foods Sodium Monitoring Program
Jaspreet Ahuja, Nutritionist, Nutrient Data Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
11:25 ‐ 11:45 Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD): Mobile‐Friendly Version
Leila Saldanha, Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH
11:45 ‐ 1:30 Lunch and Poster Session 2 with Presenters
Session 5 Innovations for Today and the Future: Apps, Software, and New Technology
  Session Chairs: Diane Mitchell and Carol Boushey
1:30 ‐ 2:00 Introduction/Overview ‐ Title: TBD
Carol Boushey, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
2:00 ‐ 2:15 Changes to Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR) to Meet Emerging Needs of Researchers
Lisa Harnack, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2:15 ‐ 2:30 Assessing the Accuracy of Nutrient Calculations of Popular Nutrition Tracking Applications
Carly Griffiths, University of Minnesota
2:30 ‐ 2:45 FoodTrackTM ‐ Providing Local and Global Access to Branded Australian Food and Nutrient Data through the Development of an Application Programming Interface (API)
Xenia Cleanthous, Health & Biosecurity Division, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
2:45 ‐ 3:00 Break
3:00 ‐ 3:15 Updates to the Automated Self‐Administered 24‐Hour Dietary Assessment Tool (ASA24)
Thea Zimmerman, Westat, Rockville, MD
3:15 ‐ 4:00 The NUTS and DATES of Automating the Harvard Food Frequency Questionnaires and Databases over 38 years.
Laura Sampson, Harvard School of Public Health, Nutrition Department
4:00 ‐ 4:15 Other Presentation (TBD)
4:15 ‐ 4:45 Questions and Discussion
4:45 ‐ 5:00 ADJOURN
6:30 ‐ 7:30 Walking Tour of Minneapolis Riverfront and Mill City District
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
8:00 ‐ 8:30 Registration
8:00 ‐ 9:00 Breakfast
9:00 ‐ 10:00 National Nutrient Databank Conference Recognition Award
"DASHing Through a Career in Research"
Catherine Champagne, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Session 6 Microbiome, Carbohydrates and Fiber: Strategies and Challenges
  Session Chairs: Alison Kretser and David Haytowitz
10:00 ‐ 10:30 Title: TBD
Joanne Slavin, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota
10:30 ‐ 10:45 Food Manufacturers' Use of Isolated and Synthetic Non‐Digestible Carbohydrate Ingredients No Longer Considered Sources of Dietary Fiber for Labeling Purposes in the U.S.
Lisa Harnack, Nutrition Coordinating Center, University of Minnesota
10:45 ‐ 11:00 Dietary Fiber ‐ The Confluence of Physiology and Methodology
David Plank, University of Minnesota
11:00 ‐ 11:15 Implications of Two Different Methods for Analyzing Total Dietary Fiber in Foods for Food Composition Databases
David Haytowitz, Nutrient Data Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
11:15 ‐ 11:30 Questions and Discussion

*** Guidelines for Speaker and Poster Presenters Now Available ***

Speaker and Poster presenter guidelines are now available. Please use the links below to download the documents.

  • Click here to download the Speaker Guidelines in PDF format.
  • Click here to download the Poster Session Guidelines in PDF format

Call for Abstracts

The 40th National Nutrient Databank Conference (NNDC) will be held in Minneapolis, MN at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Policy Conference Center. Submission of abstracts for poster or oral presentations related to food composition and dietary supplement data and databases is now open through January 15, 2018 for oral presentations and February 15, 2018 for poster presentations. Please follow instructions below for abstract content requirements and submission.

Abstract Submission

Submit abstract as a Word document and send it to the email address: See section below titled Steps for Submitting an Abstract (Step 1) for details about abstract requirements.

  • Deadline to be considered for oral presentation: January 15, 2018
  • Final deadline for all abstracts for poster presentation: February 15, 2018
  • $25 non-refundable fee per abstract (to cover processing fees)

Notification of Abstract Acceptance

March 1, 2018

Students and New Investigators (less than 5 years post degree) may wish to consider the following:

Student and New Investigator Award Application

Students and new investigators (<5 years post degree) are eligible for an award for an oral presentation. We will select up to four students/new investigators to give an oral presentation at the conference; the winning presenter will receive an award of $1,000; the other presenters will each receive an award of $150. The awards are based on the scientific merit of the abstract, oral presentation and the letter of support for the presenter. Please click here to download the Student and New Investigator Presentation Award application for more information on how to apply.

Student Poster Award Application

The NNDC Executive Committee will recognize up to 3 students (undergraduate and graduate levels) with exemplary posters. Awardees (poster first author) will receive an award of $150, certificate, and recognition on the NNDC web site. Please follow instructions below to apply.

Steps for Submitting an Abstract

Please complete the following steps for submission of your abstract. Payment must be completed prior to e-mailing your abstract.

Step 1: Review abstract requirements

Abstract Requirements

  • Length: not more than 300 words
  • Format: Microsoft Word, 1-inch margins, single-spaced, all text left justified; Arial 12 point font
  • Content for All Abstracts: Title; Author(s)--first and last names, credentials, and affiliation; 2 to 6 key words
  • Types: Research or Descriptive
  • Headings for Research Abstracts: Objective, Materials and Methods, Results, and Significance
  • Headings for Descriptive Abstracts: Background, Objective, Description, and Conclusion
  • Funding Disclosure (if applicable)
  • Presentation Preference: Oral presentation or Poster session
  • To be considered for the Student and New Investigator Presentation Award or the Student Poster Award: Mark the appropriate box(es) on the Abstract Template and provide the required supporting information shown in the Student and New Investigator Presentation Award application form.
  • Indicate 1 or 2 categories from below that best describes the abstract:
    1. Data quality, variability, bioavailability
    2. Analytical methods and food sampling
    3. New data for novel and emerging foods/food components (e.g. glucosinolates, polyphenols, GM crops, others)
    4. Dietary supplements databases
    5. Data for special population groups
    6. Advances in using composition data for dietary assessment
    7. Database technology
    8. Food labeling and front of pack labels
    9. Industry/government initiatives impacting databases
    10. Third party databases
    11. International work/updates on databases
  • Contact information for corresponding author: Name, Organization, Address, Email, Telephone, and Fax
  • Language: English only

Step 2: Download abstract template and sample abstract

Click here to download the abstract template.

Click here to download the sample abstract.

Step 3: Submit payment for abstract submission

Click here to submit your payment via PayPal for your abstract submission.

If you are submitting more than one abstract you will need to update the quantity to reflect the number of abstracts you are submitting.

Note: If you do not submit the $25 non-refundable fee per abstract, your abstract will not be considered for acceptance.

Step 4: Email completed abstract

Use the abstract template (from step 2) to complete your abstract submission then send it as an attachment via the following email address:

Please add "Call for Abstracts" in the Subject Line so email is directed to the Program Committee.

For questions or more information, contact

Pamela Pehrsson and/or Diane Mitchell
2018 NNDC Program Committee Co-Chairs
Please add "Call for Abstracts" in the Subject Line so email is directed to the Program Committee.


Register online

Registration fee*: $390 (early bird price through June 1, 2018); $490 (after June 1, 2018)
Student rate: $150
One day registration fee: $250

Cancellation policy: Cancellation and request for refunds must be submitted in writing via email ( prior to June 23rd. A $50 cancellation fee will be charged if registration is canceled prior to June 23, 2018. The registration fee is non-refundable if cancellation occurs on or after June 23, 2018.

*Breakfast, lunch, and snacks for each day of the conference are included in the cost

Conference Location, Directions, and Parking

Humphrey School of Public Policy Conference Center
University of Minnesota, West Bank Campus
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Directions & Parking


Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown* (5 minute walk to conference) To make your reservation at the conference group rate either call by phone (877-699-3216) and mention the "National Nutrient Databank Conference-2018" or book online using the link above. Reserve your room prior to July 1, 2018 to receive group rate.

Other hotels near the Humphrey Conference Center (conference location) include:

Aloft Minneapolis (15 minute walk to conference)

University Inn (19 minute walk to conference)

The Commons Hotel (23 minute walk to conference)

*Hotel that is most conveniently located near the Conference Center and public transportation from the Minneapolis-St Paul International (MSP) airport: 0.2 mile/4 minute walk from West Bank light rail station, with MetroTransit rail line (Blue Line) that runs to and from the MSP airport; Downtown Minneapolis, and the Mall of America

Things to do and places to eat

The NNDC Local Arrangements Committee welcomes you to Minneapolis. Below are a few of our favorite things to do and places to eat in the area near the Conference Center.

Things to do nearby

Mill City Museum - learn about the history of flour milling in Minneapolis on the Mississippi riverfront at the Mill City Museum

Guthrie Theater - There is always a good theatrical production to be seen at the world class Guthrie Theater

Weisman Art Museum (WAM) - See the art in Frank Gehry designed WAM building on University of Minnesota East Bank campus (admission free)

The Conference Center is located steps from the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, home to the largest Somali-American immigrant population in America. Stroll through this neighborhood to enjoy restaurants and shops that reflect the cultural heritage of its residents. Also, you're sure to spot Mary Richard's apartment building (her second apartment in the Mary Tyler Moore Show) during your stroll.

Minnehaha Falls Park - Rent a NiceRide bike and take a spin along the Mississippi River bike trail to see the spectacular Minnehaha Falls. While you are at the Falls catch a delicious meal or snack at the Sea Salt Eatery located in the park.

Mall of America - The Mall of America (MOA as it is known locally) isn't close to the conference, but you can easily get to it by catching the MetroTransit Blue Line at the West Bank light rail station (exit at the Mall of America stop).

Head to Downtown Minneapolis where you can take a stroll along the Nicollet Mall. If you're a Mary Tyler Moore fan throw your hat up next to her statue on the Mall. If you're a Prince fan walk a couple blocks off Nicollet Ave to see his star on the wall of First Ave, a night club with special ties to the Artist. To get Downtown take the MetroTransit Blue Line at the West Bank light rail station (exit at the Nicollet Mall stop).

Are you a football fan? Take a walk around the U.S. Bank Stadium, home to the Minnesota Vikings and location of the 2018 Super Bowl. Be sure to check out the full-scale size Viking ship located outside the stadium. The stadium is located along the MetroTransit Blue Line (exit at the U.S. Bank Stadium stop).

Places to eat nearby

There are many places to eat in the area. Here are a few of our favorites.

Republic (American)
Town Hall Brewery (American)
Dilla's Restaurant (Ethiopian)
Kindee Thai (Thai)
Spoonriver (American)

Places to eat a short drive or bus ride away

Head to Eat Street where you can enjoy food from around the world, such as authentic Vietnamese food at Quang.

Visit the Hmongtown Marketplace, a hub for the Hmong American community.

Visit the Midtown Global Market for food from around the world.

For more ideas

For questions or more information

Please send us an email and a few words on the email subject to state what you'd like to know.

Nutrient Databank Conference Home Page