The International Carbohydrate Quality Consortium (ICQC) is a non-profit, worldwide organization whose mission is to support, summarize and disseminate the science around dietary carbohydrate and health with a focus on quality and to harmonize the work of scientists from academia, industry and government. Our activities focus primarily on carbohydrate nutrition and health promotion.


IQCQ was created on June 7, 2013 in Stresa, Italy, in response to scientific, governmental and public needs to have more clarity on the science around dietary carbohydrates and health. Scientific world experts in carbohydrate quality joined a two-day meeting held in Stresa with the goal of reviewing the evidence of the possible impact of carbohydrate quality on chronic diseases and summarize the points of agreement in a consensus statement. Our founders envisioned the organization to move forward the science around carbohydrates by determining the gaps and possible solutions, creating new collaborations, encouraging scientific dialogue and harmonizing the carbohydrate dialogue within academia, industry and governmental bodies.

BIAnnual Meetings

The purpose of the ICQC meetings are to bring together international experts in the field of carbohydrate nutrition and health, in order to discuss the science and possible solutions to diet-related health problems with the aim of reducing the burden of disease. For this purpose, the ICQC meetings see the participation of researchers with expertise in carbohydrate nutrition as well as members of governmental institutions, health authorities and food industry representatives. The ICQC meetings generally result in the drafting of scientific documents and/or authoritative communication documents to health and regulatory authorities. All documents are posted on the ICQC website and other relevant websites while scientific documents are also sent for publications to scientific journals and presented at international conferences.

Conflict of Interest


ICQC has two chairs and 24 members. All members and chairs are academic scientists and/or from non-profit organizations.


Scientific Committee


David J.A. Jenkins, MD, PhD, DSc

University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Director, Risk Factor Modification Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto, Canada)

Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH

Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, USA)


Alan W. Barclay, PhD

Consultants to the University of Sydney, Glycemic Index Foundation, Kuisine, Omni Innovation and Merisant Australia and is part of a scientific advisory group for Nestle Australia. Alan is an author/co-author of several books about carbohydrates, glycemic index, glycemic load, sweeteners and diabetes. He has received honoraria for speaking engagements on the glycemic index of foods and sweeteners

Andrea Poli, MD

President, Nutrition Foundation of Italy, Milan (Italy)

Anette E. Buyken, PhD

Institute of Nutrition, Consumption and Health, University of Paderborn, Germany

Anne-Maria, Aas

Anne-Marie Aas, PhD, Clinical dietitian at Oslo University hospital and Associate professor at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Antonia Trichopoulou, MD, PhD

President, Hellenic Health Foundation and Prof. Emeritus in the University of Athens Medical School and the National School of Public Health. (Athens, Greece)

Antonio Ceriello, MD

Head of Research at the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS) (Barcelona, Spain); Department of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, IRCCS Multimedica Sesto San Giovanni (Milan, Italy)

Arne Astrup, MD, DMSc

Professor, Head of Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS) Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen (Copenhagen, Denmark).

Carlo La Vecchia, MD

Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology Dept. of Clinical Sciences and Community Health Università degli Studi di Milano – Italy

Cyril W.C. Kendall, PhD

Research Associate, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) and Adj. Professor College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (Canada); Director 3D Knowledge Synthesis and Clinical Trial Foundation, Toronto (Canada).

Furio Brighenti, DrPH

Professor of Human Nutrition, Department of Food Science University of Parma (Parma, Italy)

Gabriele Riccardi, MD

Full Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Federico II University, Naples (Italy)

Geoffrey Livesey, PhD

Director, Independent Nutrition Logic, Wymondham (UK)

Jennie C. Brand-Miller, PhD

Professor, University of Sydney, Charles Perkins Centre (Sydney, Australia)

John L. Sievenpiper, MD, PhD

Professor, University of Toronto (Canada); director 3D Knowledge Synthesis and Clinical Trials Unit, Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto, Canada)

Jordi Salas-Salvadó, MD, PhD

Professor of Human Nutrition, Biochemistry and Biotechnology Department, Rovira i Virgili University and CIBERobn Obesity and Nutrition, Instituto Carlos III (Reus, Spain)

Kathy Usic

CEO Glycemic Index Foundation (Australia)

Livia Augustin, PhD

Study Investigator and Coordinator National Cancer Institute Naples (Italy); Research Fellow, Risk Factor Modification Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto, Canada)

Marie-Ann Ha

Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University (UK)

Monica Bullo, PhD

Professor Rovira i Virgili University and CIBERobn Obesity and Nutrition, Tarragona (Spain);

Salwa W. Rizkalla, MD, PhD, DSc

Senior Researcher, Institute Cardio-Metabolism and Nutrition, ICAN, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris (France).

Sara Baer-Sinnott

President, Oldways (Boston, USA)

Simin Liu, MD, ScD

Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine, Brown University (Providence, USA)

Thomas M.S. Wolever MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)

Ulf Riserus, PhD

Professor Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Unit, Uppsala University (Sweden)