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Euro Fed Lipid Newsletter October 2010: One week left to register for Munich

Dear Reader,
I am pleased to announce the birth of the SFEL (Société Française pour l'Etude des Lipides - French Society for the Study of Lipids). It will replace AFECG (Association Française pour l'Etude des Corps Gras) created in 1943, and since the world of lipids has considerably changed, we felt the need to "refresh" our name, status and logo. We are currently working on the SFEL new website, which will be ready by the fall.

SFELThe members of SFEL are researchers from the private and public area (agronomy/agriculture, laboratories, agencies, professionals, consulting firms, press, administration, equipment, engineering ...).
Our goal is to bring people together: specialists & researchers in the production, processing and use of oils, fats and derivatives, in order to promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in this field.

In a spirit of openness, the President of the association is alternately a representative of the academic sector and private sector. The executive board is composed of 15 members who meet several times a year.

We organize two congresses per year, the Journées Chevreul, one in spring and another one in the fall, which attract generally up to 150 participants. The topics of these conferences are either technological, or more fundamental and can be organized in collaboration with other scientific associations (for example in December 2009 the 4emes Journées Internationales pour l'Etude des Lipides in Casablanca, organised with the Moroccan Lipid Society).

We are pleased to award one or two Chevreul Medals per year (Eugene Chevreul initiated the chemistry of fatty acids), one during the Journées Chevreul, and one during the Euro Fed Lipid congress.

Moreover, with our French partners (CIRAD, ITERG, CETIOM, ONIDOL, FNCG) we participate to the publication of the OCL Journal (

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the past members & presidents of AFECG, specially Michel PARMENTIER. As everybody knows, he was one of the founder and the first President of Euro Fed Lipid. All the AFECG-SFEL members are very proud that the first Award of Fellow of Euro Fed Lipid will be attributed to our friend Michel next November in Munich.

After the success of both the "Journées Chevreul Lipids & Brain 2007" in Paris and  "The Brain Lipids Conference 2008" in Oslo, we are pleased to invite you to the Journées Chevreul 2011 dedicated to LIPIDS & BRAIN (March 28 to 30 in Paris). We will address some emerging scientific issues, regarding lipid metabolism, the role of lipids in infant development, brain pathologies, dementia of the elderly, as well as in depression.

Due to the large development of research and results in this field, it will be exceptionally a three-day-meeting, with a large poster session. I will have the honour to give the Chevreul Medal to Pr Nicolas Bazan from the Neuroscience Center of Excellence in LSU (New-Orleans).

A Le Guillou
Anne Le Guillou
SFEL President

Euro Fed Lipid Congress 2010

8th Euro Fed Lipid Congress
21-24 November 2010
Munich, Germany


Register before 08 October to receive the discount.


Table Top Exhibition:


Euro Fed Lipid Olive Oil Division Complementary Programme:
Sensory analysis of EVOO - Colloquium for Panelsupervisors
"Experiences and benefits around the running EC- and IOC-Regulations"
Tuesday, 23. November 2010, 15.40 - 18.00 

Open to Panel Supervisors and/or their substitutes only. (Panels with competence according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 for organoleptic assessment of virgin Olive Oils).
The  Moderators will monitor subjects and speaking time.
The COI is informed about the programme.
This colloquium is free of charge but registration is required.
Should you have already registered for the congress and wish to book this colloquium please send an email to



Munich: The three Pinakothek museums

The Old Pinakothek is an art museum situated in the Kunstareal in Munich, Germany. It is one of the oldest galleries in the world and houses one of the most famous collections of old master paintings. The name (old Pinakothek) alludes to the time period covered by the art, the Neue Pinakothek covers 19th century art and the recently opened Pinakothek der Moderne exhibits modern art, all galleries are part of Munich's "Kunstareal" (the "art area"). The museum is part of the Bavarian State Picture Collection, an organization of the Free state of Bavaria.

King Ludwig I of Bavaria ordered Leo von Klenze to erect a new building for the gallery for the Wittelsbach collection in 1826. The museum galleries were designed to display Rubens's "Last Judgment" (1617), one of the largest canvasses ever painted.

Very modern in its day, the building became exemplary for museum buildings in Germany and all of Europe after its inauguration in 1836, and thus became a model for new galleries in Rome, St Petersburg, Brussels and Kassel.

Ludwig I. began to collect contemporary art already as crown prince in 1809 and his collection has been steadily enlarged. When the museum was founded the separatation to the old masters in the Alte Pinakothek was fixed with the period shortly before the turn of the 19th century, which has become a prototype for many galleries.

The delimitation to the modern painters displayed in the Pinakothek der Moderne was later fixed by taking the restart of Henri Matisse and the Expressionists into account (ca. 1900).

Consequentially a painting of Matisse acquired by the "Tschudi Contribution" is displayed in the Pinakothek der Moderne. The so-called Tschudi Contribution in 1905/1914 led to an extraordinary collection of masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

Hugo von Tschudi, general director of the State Collections acquired 44 paintings, nine sculptures and 22 drawings, mostly from new French artists. But since public funds could not be used to purchase these works, Tschudi's associates came up with the money from private contributions after his death in 1911.

Leonardo da Vinci: Virgin and Child (Old Pinakothek)

van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh: Sunflowers (New Pinakothek)


Orbituary to Bruno Werdelmann

On 12 September 2010 Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bruno W. Werdelmann passed away in Ratingen/ Germany only weeks after having celebrated his 90th birthday.

Born 14 August 1920, Werdelmann studied chemistry in Munich and Bonn. Interrupted by WWII and POW internment he achieved his Ph.D. in 1948. He started his professional career in the same year with Dreiringwerke Krefeld, being promoted to factory manager in 1950 and to head of Research and Development in 1956.

After Henkel took over Dreinringwerke in 1959, Werdelmann continued his career there in Düsseldorf. Until his retirement in 1984 he moved up the ladder continuously, eventually being general partner of Henkel KGaA.

In recognition of his achievements he was awarded the Normann-Medal in 1973 by the DGF and was named honorary member in 1991.

Werdelmann served as DGF board member during the period 1983-1996, having served as president from 1983-1985 and Vice-president from 1986-1988 and 1992-1996 He was not only one of the most determined supporters that the DGF ever had, but also one of the most distinguished presidents in the history of the association.

He provided leadership in the first attempt of an European Federation in the 80's, was ISF president during the period 1986-1989 and chairman of the 18th ISF congress in Münster 1986.

Werdelmann received many prestigious distinctions, among them the great Federal Cross of Merit 1984, and honorary degrees from the universities of Essen, Düsseldorf and Chiang Mai (Thailand), where he gave lectures on industrial chemistry after his retirement.

He will be sadly missed.

Bruno Werdelmann


EJLST and Lipid Technology

Marine liposomes instead of fish oil
Fish oil is a classical source of n-3 PUFA bound in triacylglycerols. But who likes to eat fish oil? Are there alternative sources of PUFA? Indeed, n-3 PUFA occur also in phospholipids of marine organisms, and these can be used to prepare liposomes that are more taste-neutral than fish oil. How do health benefits of such liposomes compare to fish oil?  Maud Cansell from the University of Bordaux presents and discusses results obtained in a comparative in vivo study in rats focusing on oral delivery of n-3 PUFA in the form of fish oil and in liposomes prepared from phospholipids extracted from marine organisms. PUFA bioavailability in lymph was higher with liposomes than with fish oil. Also the proportion of n-3 PUFA in the sn-2 position of chylomicron TAG was different for the two sources. The influence of the type of dietary source of PUFA on their metabolic fate and physiological activities are demonstrated and discussed. Taken together, it is clear that liposomes - artificial lipid vesicles - are promising as vehicles for oral delivery of PUFA. Read the article in the October issue of Lipid Technology!

Rapid FTIR determination of water, phenolics and antioxidant activity of olive oil
Cerretani et al. developed a spectroscopic method for rapid simultaneous determination of water, phenolic content and antioxidant activity of olive oil. The method uses ATR-FTIR spectroscopy (Fourier transformed infrared attenuated total reflectance) in combination with multivariate calibration and provides results similar to those obtained by official and traditional procedures. The presented procedure has a potential as a high throughput method which could be employed during olive oil processing as well as for the analysis of the final product. The method is fast, simple, accurate, requires  no  sample pretreatment, and produces virtually no solvent waste.
Cerretani et al., Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol 2010, 112, 1150-1157

Lipid Technology



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