Next month, September 18, in Washington DC there will be a gathering of the scientific community who are focusing their attention on TEA: The Fourth International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health. The sponsors of the event:

American Cancer Society, American College of Nutrition, American Society for Nutrition, American Medical Womens Association, Linus Pauling Institute and the Tea Council of the USA. Our esteemed guest contributor, Dr. John Weisburger, was instrumental in bringing about the Second Symposium.

Here’s a look at the days events.

Meeting Agenda
8:15 AM – Welcome and opening remarks – Merle Pierson, PhD, Deputy Under Secretary, Research, Education and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture

8:25 AM – Introduction to Symposium and morning session – History of Tea & Health – Lenore Arab, PhD, UCLA

8:45 AM – Bioavailability of Green and Black Tea Polyphenols – Susanne Henning, PhD, RD, UCLA

9:10 AM – Absorption and metabolism of green tea flavan-3-ols – Alan Crozier, PhD, University of Glasgow, Scotland

9:35 AM – Tea Consumption Contributes to Flavanoid Intake among US Adults – Won Song, PhD, MPH, RD, Michigan State University

10:00 AM – Green Tea and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality: Evidence from a Prospective Cohort Study – Shinichi Kuriyama, MD, PhD, Tohoku University, Japan

10:30 – 10:50 AM – Tea Break

11:00 AM – Tea and Cardiovascular Protection – Claudio Ferri, MD, University of L’Aquila, Italy

11:30 AM – Tea and Cancer Epidemiology – Ilja Arts, PhD, Maastricht University, Netherlands

12:00 PM – Tea Intervention Trial for Protection Against Smoking-Related Oxidative Stress – Iman Hakim, PhD, University of Arizona

12:30 – 2:30 PM – Poster Session/Lunch

2:30 PM – Introduction to afternoon session – Future Directions for Tea Research – Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, Tufts University

2:45 PM – Investigating the Role of Tea in Human Cognition: Theanine and Caffeine Alter the Neurophysiology of Attention – John Foxe, PhD, Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research

3:15 PM – Multifunctional Neuroprotective Activities of Green Tea Polyphenols – Sylvia Mandel, PhD, Eve Topf and USA National Parkinson Foundation Centers of Excellence for Neurodegenerative Disorders Israel

3:45 – 4:00 PM – Tea Break

4:00 PM – Tea and Weight Management – Eva Kovacs, PhD, Unilever, NA

4:30 PM – Tea Consumption, Insulin Sensitivity and Diabetes – Dave Baer, PhD, U.S. Department of Agriculture, ARS Beltsville

5:00 Summary/recap – Jeffrey Blumberg

I hope someone from the T Ching community will be attending and will report the findings to all of us. I’ve put out some emails to some people I think might be attending and will apprise everyone as soon as I hear back something affirmative. I can’t wait to hear about all this fascinating, new material.