Pre-Conference - Food for Health Workshop

AI in Food, Nutrition and Health:
Technologies, Use, Opportunities and Challenges 


Workshop Overview

The 2024 CNS Food for Health Workshop will examine the evolving role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in food, nutrition and health. Through the lens of food and nutrition researchers, healthcare, agriculture and industry, this workshop will help to form an understanding of what AI means within our varying sub-sectors, including an exploration of the opportunities, challenges, risks and limitations of AI in our field. The agenda has been designed to be highly practical with real-life examples of how AI is being used to advance knowledge and practice of the complex relationships among food, nutrition and health including, but not limited to, re-identification of patient data, race/sex bias in training data sets, ethical considerations. This will be a highly interactive educational event with audience Q&A throughout the day, and a culminating engaging panel discussion.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this workshop, attendees should be able to: 

  1. Cite key definitions and AI-related technologies and applications being used across food, nutrition and health.
  2. State the evolving role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the areas of food and nutrition research, healthcare, agriculture and industry.
  3. Practice the use AI in ethical responsible ways.
  4. Anticipate opportunities to apply AI technologies within our professional setting.

To learn more about previous Food for Health workshops - CLICK HERE

Thanks to contributing partner The Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences 

The 2024 Food for Health pre-conference workshop registration can be purchased as an add-on to the general conference registration. It will have a virtual/livestream registration option, as well as an in-person/on-site one. You will be asked to choose which registration option applies to you during the online registration process. Virtual/livestream registration fees include a "real-time" livestream of the entire pre-conference workshop - speaker presentations, panels, and opening and closing remarks - along with opportunities to submit questions during the live Q&A. In-person/on-site registration fees include the full workshop program, light breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks. 


Registration details    


Draft schedule; subject to change. All times MDT Food for Health pre-conference workshop registration can be purchased as an add-on to the general conference registration.

Thursday, May 2 2024 - Salons 8 & 9 Edmonton Convention Centre


Registration desk opens

 8:30am -  8:40am

Lindsay Robinson, PhD - University of Guelph

 8:40am -  9:10am
Digesting AI: An Overview of Artificial Intelligence

Andrew Scott - AI Transformation Senior Manager, Google
Moderator - Dr. Lindsay Robinson
Session/Speaker Overview

 9:10am - 9:40am
Introducing AI in Food, Nutrition and Health

Benoît Lamarche, PhD - Centre NUTRSS, Université Laval
Moderator - Dr. Lindsay Robinson
Session/Speaker Overview

9:40am - 10:00am
Question Period  

10:00am - 10:20am


10:20am - 10:50am

Synthetic Data in Health: Revolutionizing AI or Merely Hype?

Dean Eurich, PhD, MSc, BSP - School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Moderator - Lisa Martin, RD, Alberta Public Health
Session/Speaker Overview

10:50am - 11:05am
Question Period
11:05am - 11:50am
Artificial Intelligence in Nutrition: Where are we at and where can it propel us?

Laura Chiavaroli, PhD - Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto
Moderator - Stéphanie Chévalier, RD, McGill University
Session/Speaker Overview

11:50am - 12:05pm

Question Period

12:05pm- 12:10pm
Morning wrap-up

12:10pm - 1:15pm

Lunch and networking

 1:15pm -  1:45pm
Introduction of AI in Primary Agriculture

Garson Law, MSc -  Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network Ltd. (CAAIN)
Moderator - Wendelyn Jones, PHD, IAFNS

Session/Speaker Overview
 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Question Period
 2:00pm -  2:30pm
Decoding Bioactives using AI: The Next Frontier for Health Innovation

Swati Kalgaonkar, PhD - Medical, Scientific, and Regulatory Affairs, Brightseed
Moderator - Dr. Wendelyn Jones
Session/Speaker Overview

2:30pm - 2:45pm

Question Period

 2:45pm -  3:00pm
 3:00pm -  3:45pm
All-Speaker Panel 
 3:45pm -  4:00pm
Workshop wrap-up/concluding remarks

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