Previous Congresses and Proceedings
This page will provide you with a link to access information about the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and now 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition and the proceedings that we derived from each of the four congresses. From there you will be able to view the program topics and also, abstracts for each session and information about the speakers.
The 3rd Congress was held in March 1997 on the campus of Loma Linda University. Walter Willett gave the keynote address on “Vegetarian Diets: The Convergence of Philosophy and Science.” Thirty-four additional research presentations were given over the three days of the Congress. In addition, congress participants could choose from six workshops on the applications of vegetarian diets.
The 4th Congress was an ambitious four days long, beginning April 9, 2002. Each day featured a Plenary Lecture that included David Jacobs speaking on “Nutrients, foods and dietary patterns as exposures for research: issues and challenges;” Joan Sabaté “The risk-to-benefit ratio of vegetarian diets: Changing paradigms;” Claus Leitzmann “Nutrition ecology: Contribution of vegetarian diets;” and David Jenkins “Diabetes prevention and management: Role of plant-based diets.” Fifty-four presentations were available to participants throughout the congress including symposia on current research and clinical issues, short oral lectures and panel discussions.
2008 marked the 5th installment of the International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition. It continued to expand and offer cutting edge research and clinical information for the growing number of vegetarians world wide. The link provided on the website home page will give you an overview of the breadth of the program held at Loma Linda University on March 4-6, 2008. From there, other links will take you to information on the speakers and abstracts of the presentations. This edition of the Congress was held in conjunction with the annual Healthy People Conference, sponsored by the School of Public Health alumni.
The 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition was held on February 24-26, 2013, at Loma Linda University. The vegetarian nutrition congress continues to be a premium scientific congress disseminating cutting edge knowledge and advances in the area of vegetarian nutrition, plant based diets and health outcomes that are relevant to both the person and the planet. The program was very comprehensive covering core public health issues such as chronic disease prevention using plant based diets to exploring the influence of meatless diets on the environment. A range of issues from basic science approach talking about the influence of plant based diets on the gut microbiome to epidemiological studies of large cohorts of vegetarians to practical and application of vegetarian diets were discussed. A highlight of this scientific congress was a debate between two scientists: Dr. William Harris and Dr. Thomas Sanders on the adequacy of n-3 fatty acids in the context of vegetarian diets: does type and source of n-3 fatty acid matter?
The 7th Congress was held on February 26-28, 2018 on the campus of Loma Linda University Health. Frank Hu, David Katz and Joan Sabaté each provided a plenary address during the congress. The theme of the scientific program for the 7thICVN is “Plant-based Nutrition for Personal, Population and Planetary Health.” View the program for 7ICVN.
The proceedings of the Previous International Congresses on Vegetarian Nutrition were published as supplements to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. For the last four a link is provided to take you to the AJCN website and the online Congress proceedings. The Proceedings for the Seventh Congress have been published as a supplement to the journal Advances in Nutrition. Follow the link below to access them at the journal website.
Mutch PB, Johnston PK, eds. First International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition: Proceedings of a congress held in Washington, DC, USA. Am J Clin Nutr, 48(3): 707-927, 1988 (Proceedings of this congress are not easily available at the AJCN website. Each article can be accessed individually at through this link.
Rajaram S, Wien M, Sabaté J, eds. Sixth International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition. Proceedings of a symposium held in Loma Linda, CA. Am J Clin Nutr., July 2014 100: 311S–312S. View Online
Rajaram S, Sabaté J, eds. Seventh International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition. Proceedings of Proceeding of the 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition (ICVN) held in Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, February 26-28, 2018. Adv Nutr., November 2019100: 311S–312S. View Online
The 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition was held on February 26-28, 2018, at Loma Linda University. The theme for the 7th ICVN was Plant-based Diets for Healthy People, Populations and the Planet. This is a timely topic to cover in the context of vegetarian nutrition because of growing concerns over the sustainability of most dietary patterns worldwide and the implications of our food choices for the environment at large. As with previous congresses, the seventh congress continued the tradition of assessing the most recent advances in plant-based nutrition research in relation to disease prevention or health promotion, and its clinical and public health practice applications. In addition, it aimed to increase awareness on the impact of food production systems on planetary health. Professional interest in plant-based diets has reached exceptional levels, but current understanding and scientific knowledge regarding the health effects of vegetarian diets are still far from being complete. We anticipate that the information presented in this supplement will further enhance one’s current knowledge in vegetarian nutrition and its role in personal, population, and planetary health. In addition, we hope that this supplement will serve as a reliable resource for researchers, academicians, health professionals, and laypeople who wish to transition to a plant-based diet.