On the occasion of his appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada, the Indo-Canadian Ottawa Business Chamber (ICOBC) has honoured M.G. Venkatesh Mannar, O.C., President of the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) at a dinner at Canada´s National Arts Centre. As part of Canada´s International Development Week, the ICOBC has recognized the important contribution Mannar has made to saving and improving lives around the world through his leadership of the Ottawa-based international development organization. Venkatesh Mannar is also a member of the Flour Fortification Initiative (FFI) Executive Management Team, in which IF is represented by its Secretary-General Lieven Bauwens.
From March 6-9, 2013, the International Congress “Hidden Hunger - From Assessment to Solutions” will take place in Stuttgart, Germany. The congress is organized by the Food Security Center (FSC) and the Department of Biological Chemistry and Nutrition at the University of Hohenheim. IF Board Member Margo Whiteford will be one of the speakers during the session "Investing in healthy children by increasing folic acid intake". She will give a presentation on neural tube defects. Other topics during this session are the health significance of folic acid intake, the economical aspects of folic acid fortification of flour, and the myths and beliefs in the use of folic acid. The session is organized by Sight and Life, in close cooperation with IF, FFI, UNICEF and other stakeholders.
At the HCRN meeting in November 2012, participants discussed ETV/CPC (Endoscopic third ventriculostomy with choroid plexus coagulation). This procedure was pioneered by IF's medical advisor Dr. Ben Warf (Boston Children’s Hospital) during his time in Uganda, and he was a guest at the November HCRN meeting. Dr Warf reviewed the technique and his data, and discussed the possibility of doing an HCRN study on this procedure. HCRN members felt that the first important step in that direction was for to gain additional experience with the technique. Dr. Warf kindly offered to train a number of HCRN investigators in Uganda, which he visits periodically to treat children with hydrocephalus at the CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda. This month, Dr. Riva-Cambrin from the Salt Lake City HCRN center, Dr. Whitehead from the Texas HCRN center and Dr. Rozzelle from the Birmingham, Alabama HCRN center are in Uganda working with Dr. Warf. Other investigators will be doing the same later this spring.