Past Events

20 February 2015: Annual General Meeting of Members
Fri, 2015-02-20

The 2015 ICAAS General Annual Meeting was organized in Courtyard Marriott Tokyo Station Hotel (Tokyo, Japan) on February 20. Directors and representatives of the member companies participated in the meeting to discuss activity during the last year as well as new strategic directions for 2015. The main attention was given to the expanding research projects on amino acids safety (arginine, leucine and methionine clinical studies), upcoming 9th Amino Acid Assessment Workshop sponsored by ICAAS (Oct. 15-16, 2015) and ICAAS involvement in TIMES consortium applying for the EU Horizon 2020 research grant (nutrition for elderly). In addition, the participants discussed regulatory hurdles in several regions, notably EU and Brazil and exchanged information on amino acid specifications. The next...

Fri, 2015-02-20

The next ICAAS AGM will take place in Tokyo on Friday, 20th February 2014

ICAAS meeting with the Brazilian Ministry of Health (ANVISA) - 21 August 2014
Thu, 2014-08-21
Brazilia, Brazil

On August 21, ICAAS co-organized with the Brazilian Ministry of Health (ANVISA) a day-long Workshop focused on safety and quality of amino acids (Brasilia, Brazil). The Workshop was attended by almost 120 members of the local industry, trade associations and government officials.
 Academic speakers (Profs. J. Fernstrom (Pittsburg, USA),...

28 February 2014: Annual General Meeting of Members 2014
Fri, 2014-02-28
New York City, New York, USA
The 9th annual general meeting of ICAAS was held in downtown New York City on February 28. The participating member companies approved a new budget and decided on the 2014 -2015 action plan that includes ambitious scientific projects as well as specific regulatory and quality steps around the world.


19 November 2013: Amino Acid Symposium
Tue, 2013-11-19
Shanghai, China

 A one-day International Amino Acid Symposium was organized on 19 November 2013 in Shanghai (China). The Symposium was sponsored by the Chinese Biotech Fermentation Industry Association (CBFIA) and ICAAS.


The local coordinators, mainly Real Nutriceuticals Ltd., did excellent work in promoting the event, which was attended by more than 200 people from the biotech and food industries; and was well covered by the Chinese media, including two TV channels.

6 October 2013: Symposium on aging and amino acid metabolism
Sun, 2013-10-06
Galveston, Texas, USA

On October 6, 2013 ICAAS organized a half-day Symposium on aging and amino acid metabolism in Galveston (Texas). The Symposium attended by almost100 experts from all around the world was a major component of the 13th International Congress on Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins.

Two scientific advisors to ICAAS, Prof. Luc Cynober (Paris) and Prof. Dennis Bier (Houston), ably chaired the 4-hour-long series of presentations and discussions. Prof. Naomi Fukagawa (Burlington, VT) opened the morning by reviewing the current scientific literature on both the efficacy and safety of amino acid supplementation to elderly humans. She reminded...

28 February 2013: Annual General Meeting of ICAAS
Thu, 2013-02-28
Frankfurt, Germany

On February 28, the 2013 Annual General Meeting of ICAAS was organized in the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel (Germany). The ICAAS President, CEO, Secretariat as well as sixteen representatives representing the member companies discussed the activity report for the previous year and plans for 2013. Among others, it was agreed to organize a Symposium during the 13th International Congress on Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins (Galveston, TX, October 6, 2013) and further engage the Chinese Biotech Fermentation Industry Association (Beijing, China) in a cooperative effort to promote safe use of quality amino acids in People’s Republic of China. Discussion was mostly devoted to the ongoing scientific work and future plans.

The annual meeting was...

1 June 2012: 14th Amino Acid Seminar in Japan
Fri, 2012-06-01
Tokyo, Japan

On June 1, Amino Acids Seminar was held at Tokyo International Forum and over thirty participants, ICAAS members or academic researchers, were welcomed by the secretariat of ICAAS Japan.  Prof. Kimoto, Okayama Prefectural University and Dr. Miyagi, Kanagawa Cancer Center Research Institute, gave lectures about their research on Amino Acid.

In the beginning, Prof. Kimoto focused on the metabolism of methyl arginine. She explained that in the past it was thought that methylated amino acids were not metabolized and were directly excluded from the body. Her studies, however, identified that methyl...

2 March 2012: ICAAS General Assembly and Board meeting
Fri, 2012-03-02
Tokyo, Japan

On the occasion of the 2012 annual meeting (Tokyo, March 2); Prof. Katsumi Shibata (The University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan) and Prof. Hisanori Kato (The University of Tokyo, Japan) spoke to ICAAS members and other invitees about their research on upper limits for tryptophan and leucine. Both speakers emphasized that the studied amino acids are nutritionally essential and therefore must be ingested in daily diet.

In respect to upper limits; Dr. Shibata tested several doses of tryptophan in health females and measured a broad scale of tryptophan metabolites. Based on the saturation of the urinary excretion of 3-hydrokykynureniene he, for the first time, proposed a metabolic limit for supplemental use of...

10-11 November 2011:8th AAAW
Thu, 2011-11-10
Washington DC, USA

The eighth in a series of Amino Acid Assessment Workshops (AAAWs) was organized in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Georgetown (Washington DC, USA) on November 10 and 11, 2011. Sixty-five academic, government and industry experts from 11 countries attended the meeting. The Workshop was designed to continue a dialogue among experts in amino acid nutrition, metabolism, cell and molecular biology, toxicology and regulation/policy with the objective of establishing a framework for assessing and predicting the consequences of differing levels of leucine and tryptophan intake(s) in humans under various conditions. This year’s Day 1 morning session was organized and co-sponsored with the International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation (ILSI RF) and...

29 September 2011:STOA hosted symposium: "The Changing Face of Risk Governance: Moving from Precaution to Smarter Regulation?"
Thu, 2011-09-29
European Parliament, Strasbourg, France

Risk governance has changed remarkably over the last 100 years or so and continues to evolve form a purely reactive process based on demonstrated, significant levels of harms, to processes which attempt to counter future harm by making the risk governance more precautionary in nature.

However, the current EU regulation tendency is to move from precaution towards better or smarter regulation as part of the regulatory impact assessment programme.  The reform of comitology (new article 291) and the inter-institutional agreement have changed the dynamic and the regulatory interplay between the EU institutions;
This workshop includes contributions from STOA and the JURI and ENVI committees of the European...

9-13 May 2011:39th meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL)
Mon, 2011-05-09
Quebec, Canada

The 39th meeting of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) was organized in Quebec City (Canada) on May 9-13. Delegates from almost 100 member countries and dozens of observer NGOs participated in the meeting. The Committee was dealing with several key issues related to food labeling world-wide, including the labeling of foods derived from modern biotechnology.  

In this specific area, the Committee advanced a compromise statement on labeling of foods derived from modern biotechnology to Codex the Alimentarius Commission (CAC) for an adoption at step 5.8. In addition, major discussion was focused on sodium/...

17 December 2010: Japanese chapter of ICAAS organizes in Tokyo a 3-hour-long scientific seminar devoted to selected amino acids
Fri, 2010-12-17
Tokyo, Japan


On December 17, the Japanese chapter of ICAAS organized in Tokyo a 3-hour-long scientific seminar devoted to selected amino acids. Fifty participants were welcomed by the secretary of ICAAS Japan (Mr. Kobayashi), and thereafter attentively listened to a lecture on tryptophan metabolism and higher brain function, given by Professor Hiroshi Funakoshi from the Osaka University, Graduate School of Medicine.