Invitation from the chairpersons:
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the 6th International Symposium on the Role of Soy in Preventing and Treating Chronic Disease, October 30-November 2, 2005, at the Chicago Renaissance Hotel, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
This international symposium has become the central meeting of interest to researchers investigating the health effects of soyfoods and soybean components. Soy continues to attract the attention of investigators throughout the world in a wide range of disciplines. New technologies such as proteomics are better allowing the scientific community to learn about the myriad ways that soy and soybean components affect biological systems. Also, there is increasing emphasis being placed on understanding how differences among individuals affect their response to soy consumption. These new insights have important public health implications as increasing numbers of consumers incorporate soy and soybean supplements into their diet.
There may be no better indicator of the tremendous research progress being made in the more traditional areas of investigation associated with soy, such as prostate cancer and bone health, than the number of multi-centered longer-term clinical trials currently underway. Plan to hear updates about the status of these trials. But this symposium will also emphasize promising areas that have received less attention, such as diabetes, obesity, pain management, immune function, skin health, and inflammatory disorders. There will also be ample discussion and debate of some of the more controversial research areas including concerns that soyfoods and/or soy supplements may be contraindicated for some subsets of the population.
In addition to selected keynote speakers providing overviews and the more than 25 speakers presenting original research, this symposium will allow for ample time to view and discuss the anticipated 200 poster presentations. In this way it will be possible to more easily learn about research underway and to spend more time with colleagues discussing findings and possible future collaborations.
The symposium provides an excellent opportunity, during both the scientific and social events, to share ideas and to participate in discussions with leading experts. If you are new to this field it will be an opportunity to match names with faces. There will also be time to visit the sponsoring companies' exhibits providing an opportunity to learn about the types of products available for both experimental purposes and public use.
We look forward to welcoming you to this outstanding event.
Mark Messina, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dept. Nutrition, Loma Linda University
President, Nutrition Matters, Inc.
Port Townsend, Washington, USA
Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center, Department of Pediatrics
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA