Symposium Programme

Symposium 13-14 November 2008: Bioactive compounds in plants – benefits and risks for man and animals

DAY 1: Thursday 13 November

09:00 – 10:00    Registration, coffee/tea

10:00 Harald Siem, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters:

10:10 Aksel Bernhoft, National Veterinary Institute, Oslo:
Introduction, bioactive compounds in plants

10:30 – 13:00 Session 1: Poisonous and medicinal plants
Chair: Harald Siem

10:30 Berit Smestad Paulsen, University of Oslo:
Highlights through the history of plant medicine

11:00 Kristian Ingebrigtsen, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science:
Main plant poisonings in livestock in the Nordic countries

11:30 Break

12:00 Barbro Spillum, Norwegian Directorate of Health:
Human plant poisonings in the Nordic countries

12:30 Bernt Rognlien, Balderklinikken, Oslo:
Use of plants in health treatment today

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 18:00 Session 2: Bioactive compounds in feed and food
 Chair: Helle Margrete Meltzer

14:15 Rune Blomhoff, University of Oslo:
Compounds responsible for reduced cancer risk related to consumption of vegetables, fruits and berries  

14:45 Ingrid Ellingsen, Ullevål University Hospital, Oslo:
Compounds responsible for reduced risk for cardiovascular diseases related to consumption of vegetables, fruits and berries  

15:15 Espen Bjertness, University of Oslo:
Can plants slow the progression of cognitive impairment in old people or delay the onset of dementia?

15:45 Break

16:15 Herman Adlercreutz, University of Helsinki:
Phytoestrogens and human health

17:00 Andrzej Madej, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences:
Risk of adverse effects of phytoestrogens in animal feed

17:30 – 18:00 Discussion, practical information, end of day

DAY 2: Friday 14 November

09:00 – 09:15 Coffee

09:15 – 10:45 Session 3: Bioactive compounds in feed and food continuation
Chair: Jan Alexander        

09:15 Hilmer Sørensen, University of Copenhagen:
Glucosinolates in Brassica – health risks, but also benefits?

09:45 Leon Brimer, University of Copenhagen:
Cyanogenic glucosides

10:15 Christer Andersson, National Food Administration; Uppsala:
Bioactive plant compounds in social drinks –a risk for human reproduction?

10:45 Break

11:15 – 13:00 Session 4: Documentation needs

Chair: Arne Flåøyen

11:15 Frans Verstraete, EU Commision:
Management and regulation of bioactive compounds in current feed and food plants

11:45 Knut Flatlandsmo, Norwegian Food Safety Authority:
Documentation of beneficial effects of bioactive plant compounds in food and feed

12:10 Steinar Madsen, Norwegian Medicines Agency:
Does traditional use of herbal remedies guarantee safety?

12:35 Helle Margrete Meltzer, Norwegian Institute of Public Health:
Bioactive compounds through food, nutraceuticals or pills?
13:00-14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 15:45 Session 5: Agricultural factors
Chair: Aksel Bernhoft    

14:15 Magnor Hansen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences:
The importance of plant cultivation and traditional breeding for contents of bioactive compounds in feed and food plants

14:45 Knut Berdal, National Veterinary Institute, Oslo:
The importance of genetic modification for contents of bioactive compounds in feed and food plants

15:15 Gerd Holmboe-Ottesen, University of Oslo:
Increased levels of bioactive compounds in organically grown plants?

15:45 – 16:30 Finale discussion and summing up
Chari: Bal Ram Singh

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