Monday, January 26, 2015

Dr. Susan T. Mayne takes charge at CFSAN

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) welcomed Dr. Susan T. Mayne as its new Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Dr. Mayne is best known for her studies in the role of diet, nutrition, and obesity in chronic disease risk. Prior to joining the FDA, Dr. Mayne was the C.-E.A. Winslow Professor of Epidemiology and Chair, Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, as well as Associate Director of the Yale Cancer Center.  Dr. Mayne may be reached by e-mail at

Find Out More

January 26, 2015 FDA CFSAN Constituent Update, titled "Susan Mayne Takes Helm at CFSAN", posted at 

Additional information about Susan T. Mayne, Ph.D., is posted at

"Questions and Answers with Susan Mayne, the New Director of CFSAN" are posted at

What others are saying:

International Dairy Foods Association (IFDA)

"Susan Mayne is a distinguished scientist who has devoted her career to improving nutrition and public health,” said Joe Levitt, a former CFSAN director and now partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP, IDFA’s outside legal counsel. “This background will position her extremely well to face today's challenges as she moves into the CFSAN director's position."

Natural Products Association

In a statement to NutraIngredients-USA, Dr. Daniel Fabricant, CEO pof the Natural Products Association praised FDA’s decision saying, Mayne brings "credibility, energy and focus" to the role. Fabricant also noted, "[i]t's good for everyone having someone who can engage the public on the science because it's a scientific agency. " he reportedly told the publication.

Monday, January 19, 2015

FREE! Lipids paper of the month - 13-Oxo-9(Z),11(E),15(Z)-octadecatrienoic Acid Activates Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor γ in Adipocytes

January’s paper of the month is from Lipids and was reported by researchers from the Kawada Group at Kyoto University in Japan. The study shows for the first time that 13-oxo-OTA, a derivative of linolenic acid that is found in a number of fruits, activates the PPAR gamma system in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, thereby resulting in adipocyte differentiation and adipogenesis. Further, 13-oxo-OTA stimulates expression of PPAR gamma-regulated genes, increasing adiponectin secretion from adipocytes as well as glucose uptake by these cells.
“The researchers have provided additional insight into the complex role of a naturally occurring dietary PPAR gamma agonist in the regulation of the adipocyte functions that are considered to be anti-type 2 diabetic,” noted Editor-in-Chief Eric J. Murphy. “This could offer a novel dietary approach in modulating the long-term impact of diabetes.” 
The article will be available for free download through March 19.

Download the article.

13-Oxo-9(Z),11(E),15(Z)-octadecatrienoic Acid Activates Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor γ in Adipocytes
Haruya Takahashi, Hideyuki Hara, Tsuyoshi Goto, Kosuke Kamakari, Nomura Wataru, Shinsuke Mohri, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Hideyuki Suzuki, Daisuke Shibata, Teruo Kawada.
Lipids. January 2015, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 3-12.


Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)γ is expressed in adipose tissue and plays a key role in the regulation of adipogenesis. PPARγ activators are known to have potent antihyperglycemic activity and are used to treat insulin resistance associated with diabetes. Therefore, many natural and synthetic agonists of PPARγ are used in the treatment of glucose disorders. In the present study, we found that 13-oxo-9(Z),11(E),15(Z)-octadecatrienoic acid (13-oxo-OTA), a linolenic acid derivative, is present in the extract of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), Mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata), and bitter gourd (Momordica charantia). We also found that 13-oxo-OTA activated PPARγ and induced the mRNA expression of PPARγ target genes in adipocytes, thereby promoting differentiation. Furthermore, 13-oxo-OTA induced secretion of adiponectin and stimulated glucose uptake in adipocytes. To our knowledge, this is the first study to report that 13-oxo-OTA induces adipogenesis through PPARγ activation and to present 13-oxo-OTA as a valuable food-derived compound that may be applied in the management of glucose metabolism disorders.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Call for Candidates

Would you like to be a member of an AOCS Division Executive Steering Committee, or do you know someone who might be interested in doing this?

Each AOCS Division is governed by an elected, three-person Executive Steering Committee:
  • Chairperson
  • Vice-Chairperson
  • Secretary-Treasurer
The term of office is one year; however, a member may serve in an office for three consecutive terms.

Please Note: Newly elected officers are requested to participate in orientation and steering committee meetings Sunday morning and afternoon of the AOCS Annual Meeting in Orlando.

Submit the names of potential candidates to Elizabeth Garard no later than Monday, January 26, 2015. Self-nominations are welcome.

Candidates will be asked to provide a brief statement (4-5 sentences), which should describe area(s) of research and AOCS experience.

The ballots — with candidates’ names and statements — will be sent to Division members in mid-February.

The names of the new Division leaders will be put on each Division’s web page in early March, and Division officers will be installed at the 106th AOCS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, USA, May 3-6, 2015.

The duties of each office are:
  • appoints a Division member to oversee the Division awards program
  • appoints a Division member to serve as newsletter editor
  • appoints Division members, as needed, to oversee other Division activities
  • reports on the status of awards and newsletter activities to the Division’s Executive Steering Committee
  • represents the Division and its interests at Division Council meetings
  • chairs the Division’s technical programming committee; appoints Division members to assist in program development
  • serves on the AOCS Program Committee
  • reports pertinent details concerning the upcoming AOCS Annual Meeting technical program to the Division’s Executive Steering Committee
  • assumes duties of Chairperson when necessary
  • takes minutes of Division’s Executive Steering Committee meetings
  • reviews Division financials with AOCS staff and reports activities to the Division’s Executive Steering Committee
  • appoints a Division member to oversee networking events
  • in consultation with the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, submits a written report in July that summarizes the activities of the previous year; at the same time, prepares a budget reflecting the Division’s future program plans with income and expense projections

Find Out More

Questions? Email Elizabeth Garard at

Friday, January 9, 2015

Junior Researcher Travel Grant Available

Industrial Oil Products (IOP) Division 2015 Junior Researcher Travel Grant

The program has been established to encourage junior-level researchers to become active in the IOP Division and the Society.

The funds allocated to the individuals are intended to partially pay travel and meeting registration expenses to attend the 106th AOCS Annual Meeting. It is anticipated that the funds may not cover the total expenses incurred, and this grant would supplement other travel funds.

  • maximum number of individual grants per year limited to two (2)
  • total of all grants disbursement for any given year may not exceed $1,500
    • individual grants limited to no more than $750
    • individual grant limits may vary based upon need, location, and funds available
  • the review committee will determine which expenses shall be reimbursed
  • junior researchers (less than five [5] years of employment) at any institution of higher learning or research laboratory
    • preference given to junior researchers who demonstrate an interest in becoming active in the IOP Division
  • full professors are not eligible
  • individual can only receive this grant one time
  • failure to receive a grant does not bar further consideration for subsequent years
The applicant should submit:
  • an application statement
    • limited to 300-1,000 word summary describing the significance of the individual’s accomplishments in research
    • should clearly demonstrate how the applicant’s research interests are consistent with activities of the IOP Division, and the applicant’s potential for future participation in IOP activities
  • a two-page curriculum vitae, including grant procurement, students supervised, published papers
Complete applications should be sent to committee chair Doug Root, The committee chair as well as the three members of the IOP Division Executive Steering Committee will serve as the grant review committee.

For more information about AOCS and the meeting, please visit

Annual Meeting Registration is Open!

 Register by February 27, 2015 and save up to $200!

Join us in Orlando for four days of networking with more than 1,600 attendees from around the globe. Register today!

The AOCS Annual Meeting is a premier international science and business forum on fats, oils, surfactants, lipids, and related materials. Known for its extensive programming, the AOCS Annual Meeting features more than 600 presentations within 11 interest areas.

New Programming
AOCS is introducing new programming in collaboration with the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. A short course and three joint sessions will be offered.

Industry Showcases

Discover business solutions and network with industry partners. Stay informed on the most recent developments in equipment, information, and services.

Technical Sessions

The meeting program will include invited and volunteer oral presentations on recent developments in the fats and oils fields and their related applications.

The meeting will also feature poster presentations, the Hot Topics Symposia, Olive Oil Workshop, a variety of networking events, and the Awards Plenary and Business Meeting. Don't miss the opportunity to learn, reconnect with colleagues, make new business contacts, exchange ideas, and find solutions with the Industry Showcase partners.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Algae + wastewater=a greener planet?

Listen to the podcast or read the new free article from Inform magazine " Flush to Fuel"....

Did you know that the waste you flush can be converted into fuel?

  •     It sounds like the ideal scenario. Municipal wastewater—a rich concoction containing nitrogen and phosphorous—is fed to algae, which grow while simultaneously converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, treating the water, and creating biomass that can be harvested and converted to biofuel and other useful products.
  •     Seem too good to be true? Some experts think so, while others continue to hold out hope that this approach will help keep wastewater from wreaking havoc on the environment while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
  •     There may be a long road ahead for algal biofuels, but coupling algae growth with wastewater treatment could help pave the way. This feature presents examples of how researchers in both academic and industry settings are taking the lead in these efforts.

Listen to the podcast

Read Flush to Fuel

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

AOCS Newsletter December 2014 Highlights

Travel Grants Available

The European Section, Industrial Oil Products Division, Protein and Co-Products Division, and Surfactants and Detergents Division all offer funding assistance through travel grants to attend the AOCS Annual Meeting.

Please visit the respective webpages for guidelines on available programs.

Thomas H. Smouse Memorial Fellowship Now Open for Nominations

The Smouse Fellowship includes a $15,000 scholarship and is awarded to a graduate student doing research in areas of interest to AOCS. Primary qualifications include the highest standards of academic excellence and the reasonable expectation that the recipient, upon receipt of the degree, will enter into and make significant contributions to the field consistent with the goals and interests of AOCS.

Application materials are due February 2, 2015.

Visit the website for more information on nomination requirements and how to apply.

AOCS and Society of Cosmetic Chemists Announce Collaborative Programming

AOCS and Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) are developing collaborative programming targeted for the cosmetic industry for the 106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases in Orlando, Florida, May 3–6, 2015. The societies acknowledge the importance of sharing technology, information, and analytical methods for the development of cosmetics and personal care products; and providing new avenues for professional development for members of both societies.

Four AOCS Divisions are working closely with SCC members to develop three joint sessions for the Annual Meeting which include Surfactants: Cosmetic Science; Strategies in Advanced Utilization of Proteins and Peptides; and Lipid Oil and Skin Health. Session descriptions are available on the website now and presentation titles will be added in January as the sessions are finalized.

In addition, the Surfactants and Detergents Division is co-organizing a one-day Short Course with SCC titled, Novel Cosmetic Surfactant Systems and Their Design.
“By working together, the societies will provide opportunities for their members to reach out, exchange information, and collaborate with other related-industry professionals,” said David Smith, Executive Director, SCC. “It is critical to have those connection points as our industries expand globally.” Read more… (.pdf)

Division Elections are Right Around the Corner!

In January, all members of AOCS Divisions will receive a "Call for Candidates" email, requesting nominations for Division Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary-Treasurer positions. Please begin considering whom you wish to see in these leadership positions for your Division. The term of office is one year, however, a member may serve in an office for three consecutive terms. Self-nominations are welcome. Election ballots will then be emailed in February. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Garard.

AOCS Press News - New! Author Resource
If you know an author who could use assistance with English editing or one who needs to learn more about the peer review process, then direct them to the AOCS Author Academy. This new site, developed by our publishing partner Springer, includes resources and online courses for AOCS members and authors to increase their knowledge on topics such as publishing journal articles, peer review, open access publishing, and more. 

AOCS Meeting Updates

AM15_Logo_90106th AOCS Annual Meeting and Industry Showcases | May 3–6, 2015 | Orlando, Florida, USA
Submit your abstract! The meeting will feature invited/volunteer oral and poster presentations. Review interest areas, submission guidelines, evaluationcriteria, and submit.

Interested in organizing a symposium? The Hot Topics Symposia will feature global discussions on new technologies, innovative research, regulation updates, and other current critical issues. Review guidelines and submit your session proposal today.

January 2015: Registration and housing opens
February 2, 2015: Final abstracts due
March 6, 2015: Final Hot Topic proposals due

Interested in participating in the Industry Showcases or becoming a Sponsor? Contact Christina Waugh, +1 217-693-4901.

SOD2015SODEOPEC2015 | October 27-30, 2015 | Miami, Florida, USA
Join industry experts and professionals from around the world in reviewing the most current developments in the evolving landscape of Soaps, Detergents, Oleochemicals, and Personal Care. The conference, organized by AOCS and Happi, will take place October 27-30, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. Registration will open in April 2015, visit for more details.

Upcoming Industry Meetings
IndustryEventBtn-eNews28th Nordic Lipidforum Symposium | June 3-6, 2015 | Reykjavik, Iceland
The 28th Nordic Lipidforum Symposium will be held at the Radisson Saga Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland. The scientific program will emphasize omega-3 fatty acids including their health benefits, sources and processing development. For more details please visit

Rosario 90World Congress on Oils and Fats and the 31st ISF LectureshipSeries | October 31-November 4, 2015 | Argentina
The Congress and Lectureship Series will be held in November 2015, under the slogan "Evolution, innovation and challenges towards a sustainable future." The event will provide a forum in which attendees can exchange information and bring themselves up to date on the development of products, technologies, research, and experiences that are occurring at a global level in the field of fats and oils. Learn more.

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