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Oldways partnered with the Nutrition Foundation of Italy (NFI) to organize an International Consensus Summit on Glycemic Index, Glycemic Load and Glycemic Response on June 6-7, 2013 in Stresa, in the Italian Lakes District, north of Milan.

The purposes of this meeting were:

  • to bring together international experts in the field of carbohydrates and health in order to present/discuss the issues related to the role of glycemic index/glycemic load/glycemic response in the prevention and treatment of disease; and
  • to develop a solid Scientific Consensus Statement on what can be agreed upon regarding  glycemic index/glycemic load/glycemic response. The document was drafted by speakers at the end of the Summit in a separate afternoon session on June 7.

Program and Speakers

In order to develop a Scientific Consensus Statement at the end of the Summit, the scientific program is designed to answer a number of questions about glycemic index, load, and management through presentations by a number of the world’s top nutrition scientists on the subject. These speakers from North America, Europe and Australia include: David Jenkins, Cyril Kendall, John Sievenpiper and Tom Wolever from the University of Toronto; Walter Willett from the Harvard School of Public Health; Salwa Rizkalla of the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Paris; Simin Liu of Brown University; Antonia Trichopoulou from the Athens School of Medicine; Gabriele Riccardi from Federico II University in Naples; Furio Brighenti from the University of Parma; Carlo La Vecchia from Mario Negri Institute in Milan; Antonio Ceriello from IDIBAPS, Barcelona; Jennie Brand-Miller from the University of Sydney; and Alan Barclay of the GI Foundation in Australia.

Please click here for the full scientific program and to access speakers’ presentations.


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Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Livia Augustin, PhD, Nutritionist and Research Fellow, St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto, Canada)
  • Sara Baer-Sinnott, President, Oldways (Boston, USA)
  • Cyril Kendall, PhD, Research Associate, University of Toronto; Adj. Professor, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada)
  • Andrea Poli, MD, Scientific Director, Nutrition Foundation of Italy (Milan, Italy)


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NFI – Nutrition Foundation of Italy

NFI — Nutrition Foundation of Italy was created in December 1976 with the goal of enabling interaction and collaboration with government bodies, universities and industry to contribute to the development of scientific research, to the exchange of information in the field of nutrition and to the promotion of interdisciplinary researches in this area. NFI has a Scientific Committee of Experts with recognized competence in the different disciplines related to food and beverage.  
NFI is partner of the European Nutrition Foundations Network.
NFI- Nutrition Foundation of Italy
Viale Tunisia 38 — 20124 Milan — Italy
t: +39 02 76006271 • f: +39 02 76003514


Oldways and the Nutrition Foundation of Italy sincerely thank the following companies for their unrestricted financial support of this International Scientific Consensus Summit.

Mondelez International / Europe (previously Kraft Foods)

Rigoni di Asiago

eneral Mills

GI Foundation
Glycemic Index Laboratories
Kellogg Europe
SUGiRS (Sydney University GI Research Service)
Meal Garden