From 8:00-9:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, May 5, please join the International Life Sciences Institute for a timely webinar featuring experts on nutrition and immunity.


ILSI Global has been hosting a series of free webinars for the public on nutrition and immunity. As Dr. Christian Marin-Müller, CEO of Speratum in Costa Rica, stated during our last webinar, while the COVID-19 genome was obtained within a month of its emergence, intensive research is still needed on possible medications and vaccines. The genome sequencing revealed that the virus may have jumped from bats or pangolins. Dr. Simin Nikbin Meydani of Tufts University said that poor nutrition status makes one more susceptible to infections. She reviewed Vitamin E and Zinc research which have no direct evidence to date of helping resist COVID-19 infection; however, there are some preliminary studies which are suggestive that such nutrients could play a role in human immunity to the disease. Please join us for our next webinar on May 5.


Speaker Introduction and Topics

The webinar will be opened by Dr. Stéphane Vidry, Director of Operations of ILSI Global, who will introduce the two eminent speakers and their topics:


Nutrition and Antiviral Immunity

Philip Calder, PhD, RNutr. FSB, FAfn, BSc. Professor of Nutritional Immunology within Medicine at the University of Southampton, UK.


Vitamin D and Acute Respiratory Infections

Adrian R. Martineau, PhD. Professor of Respiratory Infection and Immunity at Queen Mary University of London, UK.


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To Submit Questions: please send an email to: [email protected]


We look forward to hosting you during this international webinar as we learn more about nutrition’s role in supporting immunity during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will include a panel discussion.


ILSI North America is one entity within the Global ILSI Federation.  ILSI North America is the only US-Canadian organization that brings together scientists from government, academia and industry to advance science in food safety and nutrition for public benefit.  Global ILSI is a nonprofit, worldwide organization whose mission is to provide science that improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment. For over 40 years, Global ILSI has specialized in convening scientists from the public and private sectors to collaborate in a neutral forum on scientific topics of mutual interest.