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Executive summary: biomarkers of nutrition for development: building a consensus

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The ability to develop evidence-based clinical guidance and effective programs and policies to achieve global health promotion and disease prevention goals depends on the availability of valid and reliable data. With specific regard to the role of food and nutrition in achieving those goals, relevant data are developed with the use of biomarkers reflecting nutrient exposure, status and functional effect. A need exists to promote the discovery, development and use of biomarkers across a range of applications. In addition, a process is needed to harmonize the global health community’s decision-making about what biomarkers are best suited for a given use under specific conditions and settings. To address these needs, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, organized a conference “Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development (BOND): Building a consensus”, hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Partners included key multilateral, US agencies, public and private organizations. The assembly endorsed the utility of this initiative and need for the BOND project to continue. A consensus was reached on the requirement to develop a process to inform the community about the relative strengths/weaknesses and specific applications of various biomarkers under defined conditions. These proceedings summarize the deliberations of the four Working Groups: research; clinical; policy; and programmatic. Also described are content presentations on: the harmonization processes, the evidence-base for biomarkers for five case study micronutrients, and new frontiers in science and technology.
Daniel J. Raiten , Sorrel Namaste , Bernard Brabin , Gerald Combs Jr. , Mary R. L'Abbe , Emorn Wasantwisut , Ian Darnton-Hill
biomarkers , case studies , community health , dietary minerals , disease prevention , foods , functional status , health promotion , nutrition policy , trace elements , United States
American journal of clinical nutrition 2011 v.94
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
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