Roundup of EB2013 highlights from bloggers (and others)


Now that a week of science at Experimental Biology 2013 has ended, I’ve taken a look around to see what others found that I may have missed while I was in Boston. Again, as mentioned in my preview of the conference, the American Society for Nutrition’s Scientific Sessions alone had more than 1,900 abstracts and dozens of symposia this year. It was the largest to date!

Fortunately, there were other writers at the conference who were able to catch a few of the other sessions. Below is a roundup of blog posts and other coverage that I found from other meeting bloggers and through connections from Twitter.  

ASN member coverage

  • Over at the ASN video blog, Emily Tomayko has several interviews directly from the conference. One of those interviews was of DSM head of scientific affairs (and fellow meeting tweeter) Michael McBurney offering advice for scientists communicating through social media.
  • A talk about nutrients of concern for older adults given by Fulgoni and Bird and a discussion on the question of “whether or not dietary bioactives (like carotenoids) are ready for recommended intakes” are discussed over at the McBurney’s DSM blog here and here.
  • At the ASN blog, Sara Gold discusses Ashlei James’s research on the effects of labeling foods with the amount of minutes it takes to walk off its calories. The news was also covered at Canada’s CTVNews.
  • Sara also covers James Hill and Richard Black discussing public-private partnership.
  • ASN member Rachele Pojednic writes how the digital world is changing nutrition communications.
  • redOrbit covers a study by Jennifer Temple on how pairing caffeine with foods might improve perception of those foods. It works with yogurt, but could it work with vegetables?
  • ASN also offered press releases and and their Nutrition Notes Daily issues from SundayMonday and Tuesday with more coverage of the conference.

Other meeting coverage

  • ASBMB blogger Biochem Belle wonderfully describes how a misfolded protein (CFTR) involved in cystic fibrosis is modified by small regulatory protein (ubiquitin) in “Trashing the cystic fibrosis protein“. And it comes with colorful schematics of structures!
  • What happens physiologically when you put pigs on a treadmill? APS/ASPET blogger Pascale Storifies the talk at WhizBANG!
  • ASPET blogger Katie talks up sushi and how schizophrenia can affect the anticipation of eating it.
  • Also, check out Colby Vorland’s collection of photos from the conference on his Tumblr.

My coverage

If you’re a blogger who wrote about a session at EB 2013 and would like your post added to the above, let me know. Lastly, I want to give a BIG thanks to ASN for selecting me as their official meeting blogger for two consecutive years. It was a lot of science to cover and my feet hurt from all the walking, but it was a lot of fun!

Published by David Despain, MS, CFS

David is a science and health writer living on Long Island, New York. He's written for a variety of publications including Scientific American, Outside Online, the American Society for Nutrition's (ASN) Nutrition Notes Daily, and Institute of Food Technologists' (IFT) Food Technology magazine and Live! blog. He's also covered new findings reported at scientific meetings including Experimental Biology, AAAS, AOCS, CASW, Sigma Xi, IFT, and others on his personal blog "Evolving Health." David is also an active member of organizations including the National Association of Science Writers (NASW), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Society for Nutrition, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the National Audubon Society. David has a master's degree in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, and a bachelor's degree in English from University of Illinois at Springfield. He also earned his Certified Food Scientist credential from the Institute of Food Technologists.

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