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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Functional Foods:
Snake Oil or the Grande Elixir?

with
Dr. Peter Jones
School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University

No other lifestyle decision can influence your long term health prospects as much as the food you eat. Arriving soon on your supermarket shelves is the latest wave in "healthy" offerings. Functional foods are defined as foodstuffs with ingredients that confer additional benefits to the human body.

Although not yet widely available in Canada, functional foods are already selling like hot cakes in other countries. While these new entries into the marketplace are catching a lot of attention, food companies, scientists, consumers and regulators are eyeing them with some caution.

Dr. Jones will tell us about the science behind some of these novel food products, as well as new challenges they pose.

Peter Jones is Full Professor and former Director of the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University. He is an international leader in research on dietary regulation of fat and energy metabolism. He serves as President of the Danone Institute for Nutrition, which promotes nutrition communication and education, and is Chairman of the Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals Advisory Committee of Forbes Medi-tech Inc, a biotechnology company based in Vancouver.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

Co-Sponsors:
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Gildas Molgat
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Gilbert Parent
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
--NSERC

DATE: Thursday, Sept 28, 2000 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am