6th Nestlé International Nutrition Symposium

Nutrition and Health Economics

The Nestlé International Nutrition Symposia are held annually, the present one being the 6th in the series, and attendance was by invitation only. Topics of previous NINS events (pdf, 30 Kb)

The 2009 Nestlé International Nutrition Symposium has once again brought leading scientists together from different academic disciplines, with different points of view, to engage in dialogue about a nutrition issue of global importance.  This year the spotlight was on Health Economics, drawing together some of the world’s leading Health Economists with leading clinical and nutrition scientists from around the world. 

During this two-day symposium, over 100 invited scientists and key opinion leaders discussed the relationship between social policies and health, as well as the impact of health on the economy. 


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Thursday, 22 October 2009
09:00 Welcome to the 6th Nestlé International Nutrition Symposium
Speaker: Peter van Bladeren, Nestlé Science & Research
Keynote Lecture
09:05 Health, the Economy and Public Policy
Speaker: Julio Frenk, Harvard University

Session 1 The Economy, Food Supply and Health
Chairman: Peter van Bladeren
10:40 Chairman’s Introduction to the Session
10:45 James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate (Economics), University of Chicago

Session 2 The economic Effects of Health and Nutrition
Chairman: Julio Frenk
13:15 Chairman’s Introduction to the Session
13:20 The Impact of Urban Disparities on Aging and Mortality
Speaker: Robert W. Fogel, Nobel Laureate (Economics), University of Chicago
14:30 The Health and Wealth of Nations
Speaker: David Bloom, Harvard University
16:00 Eating More AND Less: Positioning Nutrition among our 21st Century Global Health Challenges
Speaker: Sir Richard Feachem, University of California San Francisco
19:30 Cocktail & Formal Dinner
Chairman’s speech by Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Nestlé S.A.

Friday, 23 October 2009
Session 3 The Healthcare Industry
Chairman: Michael Gibney
08:45 Chairman’s Introduction to the Session
08:50 Uwe E. Reinhardt, Princeton University
10:30 Population health, individual incentives and nutrition: developing policy and improving the evidence base
Speaker: Alan Maynard, University of York
11:30 Disease management - a tool for prevention, early diagnosis and care for nutrition disorders?
Speaker: Jan van Emelen, Independent Mutualities

Session 4 Innovations to improve Health
Chairman: Irwin Rosenberg
13:30 Chairman’s Introduction to the Session
13:35 Paul J. Gertler, University of California, Berkeley
14:35 Performance information for improved health
Speaker: Peter C. Smith, University of York
Final Remarks
16:00 Werner Bauer, Chief Technology Officer, Nestlé S.A.
Closure Speech
16:15 Paul Bulcke, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé S.A.