The events for DPGs, MIGs and Affiliates; the Expo and the Foundation that enriched the FNCE® experience.

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Attendees are able to organize conference itinerary, plan travel and share with employers with the FNCE® Day at a Glance resource.

2018 Day at a Glance

The conference and expo also offered events for both before and during the event.

The FNCE® 2018 DPG, MIG and Affiliate information is below:

Learn cutting edge research, see product demonstrations, experience savory culinary demonstrations and earn additional CPE hours by taking advantage of exciting events offered at the Expo.

Academy Foundation Nutrition Symposiums

Navigating Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Using a Nutrition Care Pathway

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
Cost: $10 donation
CPEU: 2.0

Malnutrition is a common occurrence among IBD patients. Lack of or delayed identification can lead to poor patient outcomes, but little is known about the role of nutritional assessment and management in IBD care.

RDNs can play a crucial role in the management of IBD patients, improving patient outcomes and decreasing healthcare costs through identification and implementation of strategies to correct under- and over-nutrition. In this session, you’ll learn from expert clinical dietitians in collaboration with an expert physician on IBD care and on the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s IBD nutrition care pathway. The pathway aims to standardize processes in identifying and providing treatment options for IBD patients who are at risk or have malnutrition. Case studies and polling questions will be utilized to promote the understanding of the special nutritional needs of IBD patients and the collaboration between the physician and dietitian.


Kelly Issokson, MS, RD, CNSC
Clinical Dietitian
Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Nutrition & Integrative IBD Subspecialty Program


Caroline Hwang, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Keck/University of Southern California School of Medicine

Catherine E. Giguere-Rich, RDN, LD, CNSC
Clinical Dietitian
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

A meal will not be provided during this session, please plan accordingly

Sponsored by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation through an educational grant from Nestlé Health Science

Evidence for Clinical Indications: How do Probiotics Measure Up?

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 donation
CPEU: 2.0

Probiotics are being widely used by patients, consumers and healthcare professionals. But what is the evidence for their usage? Join us for a critical conversation about how probiotics compare to more traditional treatment while assessing probiotics, the microbiome and demonstrated clinical usage. Attendees will leave the session with enhanced science and evidence on probiotics, understand what to look for before recommending products, and assess the current scientific literature to better educate clients about realistic expectations when recommending probiotic usage.


Patricia Grace-Farfaglia, PhD, MBA, RDN, FAND
University of Connecticut and affiliated with University of New Haven and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions


Daniel Merenstein, MD
Georgetown University
Director of Research Programs; Associate Professor of Family Medicine

A meal will not be provided during this session, please plan accordingly

Sponsored by Nature Made

Behavioral Science: Understanding Your Client’s Food Relationship Status

Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 donation
CPEU: 2.0

Every day, we make decisions about what to eat, but why we choose certain foods and beliefs about those foods are often rooted in mystery. For example, why did kale achieve celebrity status when many don’t even like it? Why do people avoid MSG when they admit they don’t know that much about it? Join us to take a critical look at the psychological underpinnings of how we make food decisions. Delve into the cultural, environmental, economic and marketing factors that impact decision making and the psychological barriers that make it difficult to shift existing perceptions on food, including a closer look at the concept of cognitive bias. The speakers will explore the principles and mechanisms that lead consumers to form misperceptions and offer solutions that registered dietitians can use with their clients to have a more accurate understanding of dietary choices. Examples of client-directed counseling in action will demonstrate techniques to build on what registered dietitians are already doing.


Garrett Berdan, RDN, LD, Chef
Culinary Nutrition Consultant and Chair of Food and Culinary Professional DPG


Jason Riis, PhD
Lecturer and Research Scholar
The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania)

Beth McKinney, MSEd, RDN, CHES
Director of Wellness/Nutrition Coach
Cornell University

Sponsored by: Ajinomoto Health and Nutrition

Academy Foundation Gala

Date: Monday, October 22
Location: Washington Marriott Marquis
Time: 8 – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $120 (Individuals)
Tables: $2,600 (Limited reserved tables of 10)

To purchase tickets for the Foundation Gala, access your Registration Dashboard and add these events to your registration.

Give back to the Academy Foundation while celebrating with your colleagues at our social event of FNCE®!

The Academy Foundation’s annual Gala celebration is a reception style event honoring donors, volunteers and recipients and is a great opportunity for individuals to network, socialize and celebrate the Foundation’s success in a festive atmosphere. Guests enjoy food stations, drink tickets, and a dessert table, in a spacious environment with high tables to gather and chat.

Live music and dancing is interspersed with Foundation videos and a short program from the Foundation Chair. Cocktail attire is encouraged and Academy members of every generation join in the social event of FNCE®. Enjoy a great evening, while supporting an important cause.

Foundation Gala Program Book

Invitations from the Foundation Board:

Reserved Table Package* (Limited availability) – $2,500 for the following:

* Ten tickets

* Designated table placement

* Bottle of wine for table

* Table sign

* By purchasing a table of ten you will support the Academy Foundation with a tax deductible donation. Your dinner guests will enjoy the opportunity to network with peers while enjoying an evening of fun, gourmet food, entertainment and dancing.

Table Purchase Form

Foundation Booth Activities

Stop by the Foundation Booth and learn all the ways you can engage with the only Foundation solely devoted to nutrition and dietetics, empowering Academy members with scholarships and awards, food and nutrition research grants, and our public education programs including Kids Eat Right and Future of Food.

Limited Edition Second Century Tote Bag

Pre-order your limited edition Foundation tote bag for a $20 donation. Tote bags are no longer included with FNCE® registration, so this is your opportunity to support the Foundation and be among the first to have a unique tote bag for use at FNCE® 2018 and beyond! Bags will be available for pick-up at the Foundation booth during FNCE® show hours, Oct. 20-23, 2018. Supplies are limited and, remember, your donation is tax-deductible.

Foundation Silent Auction

Stop by the Foundation Silent Auction located at the Foundation Booth and bid on exciting silent auction items including hotel stays, designer purses, spa gift certificates and many more items.

Donation Form

*All auction items must have a minimum value of $150
*All gift cards/certificates must have a minimum value of $100

      1. Please keep in mind that many auction winners choose to ship their baskets home. Consider the following things in order to keep shipping expenses at a minimum such as: Gift Cards/Certificates; Jewelry; Experiences such as cooking classes, spa treatments, golf outings, theater, concert or sporting event tickets etc.
      2. Shipment should arrive on October 18 or 19, 2018. SHIP via UPS, DHL, or FEDEX (Items via US Postal Service NOT accepted). Special label required on all items.
      3. Bidding will CLOSE on Monday, October 22 at 2 p.m. Winning Bidder can take their item(s) or you can help pay shipping cost or you can mail directly to the Bidder. Items that are not claimed, will be sent back to the Foundation office and contact the winning bidder, if they do not respond, we will move to the next highest bidder on the list.

Please contact, Martha Ontiveros, Foundation Executive Assistant with any questions at

This new program offers six high-level discussions on hot topics.

Learning Lounge

Learn about the excursions and workshops available before the conference.

Workshops and Excursions