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Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture

The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management has established an annual international lecture at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). The focus of the lecture is to raise the nutritional health of the world community by highlighting original international projects in food and nutrition, dietetic education, research and foodservice management.


"Integrating Nutrition into Healthcare Systems: A Collaborative International Approach"
Presented by: Bernadette Lucas, MS, RD, Terezie Tolar Mosby, EdD, RDN, IBCLC, Kristine Caiafa, RD, and Amie Heap, MPH, RD

This dynamic session showcases three unique international nutrition projects, highlighting the successful Sister Village project and key impacts to the regions of Guatemala and Sierre Leone. Next, you will hear from an RD with USAID regarding the many sources of U.S. food and nutrition aid programs to Africa and the need for a greater presence of nutrition into health care. Then learn about an exciting new Academy collaboration to integrate nutrition competencies and education into the training of healthcare providers on an international level.

The audio for this lecture will be available in the next few weeks. If you have any questions about the audio for this lecture, please contact Beth Labrador at


"Loans and Funding for Dietitians in Developing Countries"
Presented by: Boitshepo (Bibi) Giyose

Boitshepo Giyose, Senior Advisor of Food and Nutrition Security at African Union's New Partnership for Africa's Development (AU/NEPAD) and recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award from Appalachian State University, provided insights into how to fund nutrition care in developing countries. Ms. Giyose discussed the many challenges of food and nutrition in developing countries such as the limited access of food, clean water and health services. Practical applications of innovative, creative and feasible solutions were presented.


"International Employment Opportunities for RDs"
Presented by: Helena Pachón, PhD, MPH, Jenny Bond, PhD, RD, FADA, and Douglas Balentine, PhD

This session explored opportunities in a variety of international employment sectors. The panelists will discussed opportunities for international development work for dietitians and nutritionists as well as the range of opportunities for registered dietitians from the public and private sectors. The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture was established to raise the nutritional health of the world community by highlighting original international projects in food and nutrition, dietetic education, research and foodservice management.


"From Global to Local: Opportunities and Challenges Utilizing Programming Science"
Frances R. Davidson, PhD, MSc (USA); Health Science Specialist, Global Health Bureau, US Agency for International Development

A wealth of scientific knowledge exists on the pivotal role nutrition plays in human and social development. However, prevention of nutrition deficiencies to improve health and well being in diverse populations has not been a global priority. Key factors in ensuring malnutrition programs have higher visibility, increased resources and policy impact internationally are not dissimilar to those of domestic programs. Translating scientific information and program experience into policies to improve nutrition is a challenging area that global and domestic implementers share. Frances R. Davidson PhD MSc is a global leader in maternal and child health nutrition, Davidson has spent the past 20 years improving the health of the world community. Dr. Davidson is a Health Science Specialist in the Global Health Bureau at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).


"Addressing Global Malnutrition"
Ricardo Uauy, PhD, MD (Chile); President of the International Union of  Nutritional Sciences IUNS (2006-10).