The 3rd International Symposium on Human Health Effects of Fruits and Vegetables was held in Avignon, France on 18 to 21 October 2009. The objective of FAV HEALTH 2009 was to continue providing a forum for horticultural scientists, nutritionists, food scientists, biomedical scientists, chemists, biochemists, clinicians, medical professionals, social economists to exchange information and bridge the communication gap between the agricultural sciences, nutrition and health sciences. Plenary sessions, oral communications and posters covered a wide range of topics from plant breeding to consumption behavior.
Subsequent to the symposium, members of the European consortium LYCOCARD, an Integrated project within the EU 6th Framework programme, organized two conferences: “Tomato & health” on Wednesday, 21 October included presentations and a roundtable discussion of researchers and professionals and the general public. This free event presented the latest results on the impact of the Mediterranean Diet and particularly tomatoes on cardiovascular diseases, and the dietary recommendation to industry, health professionals and press.
The presentations are available here.
The Thursday conference was more dedicated to the scientific community. INRA Avignon, France, opened their doors for a specialised day of conferences dedicated to “Tomato, lycopene and health”. International famous senior scientists among them George Britton, John W. Erdman, Yoav Sharoni, Wilhelm Stahl, together with young researchers presented the state of the art of knowledge and the most recent research results of the nutritional quality of tomato with a focus on its main carotenoid pigment, i.e. lycopene. Those attending, more than a hundred people, had the opportunity to witness the most up-to-date research on lycopene and to listen to lectures designed to demonstrate inspirational science in biosynthesis, physico-chemical properties, metabolism and biological activities in vitro and in vivo and in particular mechanisms of protection against cancers and cardiovascular diseases. Many students came to this event. What a great chance and training for young scientists to get in touch with such concentrated wisdom on lycopene.
The abstracts of the conference are available here.