SAFA Expert Meeting, 2015


Saturated fats and their role in cardiovascular health are currently being debated both in the scientific arena and in the media.

The aim of this meeting is to review the scientific state of the art concerning the relation between the consumption of SAFA rich foods and the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) and ischemic stroke.

This expert meeting will consist in a one-and-a-half day workshop with experts in the field of saturated fatty acids (SAFA) and health. In four sessions, key issues presently discussed in the scientific as well as the lay media will be briefly introduced by invited experts and extensively discussed thereafter.

The proceedings of this expert meeting will be published in a scientific peer-reviewed journal.


The scientific programme of this meeting has been set up by the scientific advisory committee composed of:

  • Professor Gerard Hornstra, Professor Emeritus of Experimental Nutrition, Maastricht University
  • Professor Ingeborg Brouwer, Professor Nutrition for Healthy Living at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • Doctor Marianne Geleijnse, Professor in┬áNutrition and Cardiovascular Disease, Wageningen University
  • Professor Koen Dewettinck, Head of food safety and food quality department, Ghent University


The aim of the funding organisations is to gather academic experts in dietary fats to provide clarity of latest state of the art on saturated fats. This includes areas of consensus, but also areas of debate. The scientific independence of the meeting is guaranteed by the scientific advisory committee.

The proceedings of the meeting will be written by Dr Joyce Nettleton, member of the steering committee of the IEM, solely based on the discussions that will occur amongst expert during the meeting and will be fully referenced with scientific evidence. The funding parties will not influence the proceedings.


The scientific advisory committee has set up the programme and chosen the best suitable and available academic experts to contribute to the meeting.

This expert meeting is meant to include in depth scientific discussions with a group of key academic experts selected to represent different scientific backgrounds and academic views.