Previous Congresses and Proceedings

This page will provide you with a link to access information about the 3rd through 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition and the proceedings that were published. Following the links for the programs you will be able to view the program topics, abstracts for each session and information about the speakers.

The 3rd Congress was held in March 1997 on the campus of Loma Linda University. Walter Willett gave the keynote address on “Vegetarian Diets: The Convergence of Philosophy and Science.” Thirty-four research presentations were made over the three days of the Congress. In addition, congress participants choose from six workshops on the applications of vegetarian diets.

The 4th Congress was an ambitious four days long, beginning April 9, 2002. Each day featured a Plenary Lecture that included David Jacobs speaking on “Nutrients, foods and dietary patterns as exposures for research: issues and challenges;” Joan Sabaté “The risk-to-benefit ratio of vegetarian diets: Changing paradigms;” Claus Leitzmann “Nutrition ecology: Contribution of vegetarian diets;” and David Jenkins “Diabetes prevention and management: Role of plant-based diets.” Fifty-four presentations were available to participants throughout the congress including symposia on current research and clinical issues, short oral lectures and panel discussions.

2008 marked the 5th installment of the International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition continued to expand and offer cutting edge research and clinical information for the growing number of vegetarians world wide. The congress was held at Loma Linda University on March 4-6, 2008. This edition of the Congress was held in conjunction with the annual Healthy People Conference, sponsored by the School of Public Health alumni.

The 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition was held on February 24-26, 2013, at Loma Linda University. The comprehensive program covered core public health issues including chronic disease prevention using plant based diets, to exploring the influence of meatless diets on the environment. A range of issues from a basic science approach on the influence of plant based diets on the gut microbiome, to epidemiological studies of large cohorts of vegetarians, to practical and application of vegetarian diets were discussed.

The 7th Congress was held on February 26-28, 2018 on the campus of Loma Linda University Health. Frank Hu, David Katz and Joan Sabaté each provided a plenary address during the congressThe theme of the scientific program was “Plant-based Nutrition for Personal, Population and Planetary Health.”

The proceedings of the International Congresses on Vegetarian Nutrition were published as supplements to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition until the 7th Congress. While all the proceedings were published as separately bound journals, online they are embedded at the end of the volume. The Proceedings for the Seventh Congress have been published as a supplement to the journal Advances in Nutrition. Follow the link below to access each supplement at the journal website.

Mutch PB, Johnston PK, eds. First International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition: Proceedings of a congress held in Washington, DC, USA. Am J Clin Nutr, 48(3): 707-927, 1988

Johnston PK, ed. Second International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition: Proceedings of a symposium held in Arlington, VA. Am J Clin Nutr., 59(5): 1099S-1262S, 1994.

Johntson PK, Sabaté J, eds. Third International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition: Proceedings of a symposium held in Loma Linda, CA. Am J Clin Nutr., 70(3S): 429S-634S, 1999.

Sabaté J, Rajaram S, eds. Fourth International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition: Proceedings of a symposium held in Loma Linda, CA. Am J Clin Nutr., 78(3S): 501S-668S.

Rajaram S, Sabaté J, eds. Fifth International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition: Proceedings of a symposium held in Loma Linda, CA. Am J Clin Nutr., 89(5S):1541S-1716S.

Rajaram S, Wien M, Sabaté J, eds. Sixth International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition: Proceedings of a symposium held in Loma Linda, CA. Am J Clin Nutr., July 2014 100: 311S312S.

Rajaram S, Sabaté J, eds. Seventh International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition: Proceedings of Proceeding of the 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition (ICVN) held in Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, February 26-28, 2018. Adv Nutr., November 2019100: 311S312S.