Research Summits

Research Summits identify needs for further research by facilitating in-depth exchange of information among world-renowned investigators and other scientists conducting basic and applied research.

Food Packaging Innovations: The Science, Current Research and Future Research Needs  
May 7-9, 2006
This fifth Research Summit appealed to participants to identify resesarch needs and provide a roadmap for the future of food packaging. Scientists and scholars made 10 presentations during four scientific sessions.

Food Defense Pertaining to Potential Intentional Contamination  
April 3-5, 2005
IFT's fourth Research Summit brought together world-renowned scientists toidentify the means by which to address the issue of fooddefense. Summit participants addressed actions needed to advance the understanding of how to determine what has happened and what agent was involved in the event, the appropriate course of action to protect the public and food workers, and the optimum approach to managing the recovery process.

The Obesity Conundrum-Is there a Food Solution
February 15-17, 2004
IFT's third Research Summit brought together world-renowned scientists to identify the means by which to solve the problem of obesity -- arguably the most pressing public health problem in this country. Summit participants addressed actions needed to advance the understanding of biological and physiological mechanisms affecting appetite, satiety, long-term eating behavior, energy balance vs.imbalance, and food-related solutions to the obesity epidemic. 

Kinetic Models for Microbial Survival During Processing
January 14-16, 2003
During IFT's Second Research Summit, forty scientists met to advance the state of understanding of microbial inactivation kinetics and models for non-log-linear survivor curves.

Dormant Microbes: Research Needs 
January 12-14, 2003
IFT's Inaugural Research Summit explored research needs for the physiology of bacterial spores and other dormant microbes, rapid quantitative measurement methods, and advanced techniques for evaluating microbial viability.