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Dairy Council

The Dairy Matrix

The Dairy Matrix concept is that the unique combination of nutrients, bioactive factors and structure in dairy and how they interact together, combine to produce the overall effect of dairy foods on health. 

Scientific Overview of the Health Effects of the Dairy Matrix and a shorter summary on the Dairy Matrix are available to download. 

Watch more about the Food Matrix Effect here.

Below are a selection of presentations and summaries from scientific experts on the food and dairy matrix effect at recent conferences and meetings.

 

European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) Food Matrix Webinar, June 2022

From athletes to older adults: food-focused approaches for maximising the health effects of protein

Dr Nicholas A Burd, University of Illinois, USA
Food matrix effects – implications for the impact of protein on muscle

Download the webinar booklet

Watch the webinar here

DCNI ‘Milk It’ Online Sports Nutrition Seminar, November 2021

Dr Nicholas Burd, University of Illinois
Food matrix effects on protein nutrition – implications for athletes

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar

 

European Federation Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) Food Matrix Webinar, June 2021

Health effects of dairy foods: new insights based on the food matrix concept

Beyond nutrients: impact of the dairy matrix on cardiometabolic health
Professor Arne Astrup, Novo Nordisk Foundation

Musculoskeletal health: the importance of the dairy matrix effect

Dr Sandra Iuliano, University of Melbourne

Download the booklet for the webinar here
The webinar can be watched here.

 

European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Preventive Cardiology Online Congress April 2021

Professor Arne Astrup, Novo Nordisk Foundation 
Dairy and CVD risk reduction – new insights based on the food matrix concept

 

DCNI Dairy Matrix Effect Webinar, March 2021

The Dairy Matrix:
A food science perspective: composition, properties and implications of processing
Professor Alan Kelly, University College Cork

A nutrition perspective: health impacts beyond individual nutrients
Dr Aileen O’Connor, Food for Health Ireland at University College Dublin

Watch a recording of the webinar here. 

 

European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) 12th annual conference, Berlin, November 2019

Symposium on The Dairy Matrix: a new approach to understanding the health effects of food:

The food matrix: is it time to rethink how we evaluate the health effects of food?
Prof Michelle McKinley, Queen’s University Belfast

Dairy matrix and health from a holistic point of view
Dr Jean–Michel Lecerf, Institut Pasteur, Lille

Read the abstracts of Prof McKinley and Dr Lecerf’s presentations here.  

 

Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) 13th European Nutrition Conference, Dublin, October 2019

Symposium on Beyond nutrients: health effects of the dairy matrix:

Metabolic health: the impact of the dairy matrix
Professor Arne Astrup, University of Copenhagen

Dairy matrix effects on musculoskeletal health
Professor René Rizzoli, University Hospitals of Geneva

Read the abstracts of Profs Astrup and Rizzoli’s presentations here.

 

World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (WCO–IOF–ESCEO), Paris, April 2019 

Beyond nutrients: the matrix effect
Professor Arne Astrup, University of Copenhagen 

 

ESPEN Congress (European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism), Madrid, September 2018

Symposium on Beyond nutrients: health effects of the dairy matrix:

Prof Luc van Loon, University of Maastricht
Muscle mass maintenance: protein and physical activity

Prof Arne Astrup, University of Copenhagen
Dairy matrix effects on type 2 diabetes and cardiometabolic health

Read the abstracts of Profs Astrup and van Loon’s presentations here

 

DCNI Nutrition & Health Conference, Belfast, April 2018

The dairy matrix: is food more than the sum of its nutrients?
Dr Emma Feeney, University College Dublin

 

DCNI & European Milk Forum (EMF) Symposium, Belfast, October 2017

Prof Ian Givens, Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, University of Reading
The food matrix: is it time to rethink how we evaluate the health effects of food?

Dr Michelle McKinley, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast
Muscle, bones and body fat: dairy matrix effects on body composition

Prof Arne Astrup, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen
Metabolic health: the impact of the dairy matrix

To download the summaries of the presentations please click here

 

 

European Milk Forum (EMF) Symposia, April 2015

Dr Michelle McKinley, Queen’s University Belfast
The nutritional and health benefits of dairy foods in the European diet: an overview

 

DCNI & European Milk Forum (EMF) Symposium, Belfast, September 2014

Dr Jean–Michel Lecerf, Institut Pasteur de Lille, France
From milk matrix to health benefits: an overview