International Carbohydrate Quality Consortium


The International Carbohydrate Quality Consortium (ICQC) is a non-profit, worldwide organization whose mission is to support, summarize and disseminating 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.

Initial Concept
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 summarizing 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.

ICQC chairs and memebers

ICQC has two chairs and 27 members who in turn take coordinating duties. All members and chairs are academic scientists and/or from non-profit organizations.


  • 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

    Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, USA)


  • Arne Astrup, MD, DMSc

    Professor, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports (NEXS) Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen (Copenhagen, Denmark).
  • Livia Augustin, PhD

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

    President, Oldways (Boston, USA)
  • Alan W. Barclay, PhD

    Professor, University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia)
  • Inger Björck, PhD

    Professor and Managing Director Antidiabetic Food Centre, Lund University (Lund, Sweden)
  • Jennie C. Brand-Miller, PhD

    Professor, University of Sydney, Charles Perkins Centre (Sydney, Australia)
  • Furio Brighenti, DrPH

    Professor of Human Nutrition, Department of Food Science University of Parma (Parma, Italy)
  • Monica Bullo, PhD

    Professor Rovira i Virgili University and CIBERobn Obesity and Nutrition, Tarragona (Spain);
  • Andrea Poli, MD

    President, Nutrition Foundation of Italy, Milan (Italy)
  • Anette E. Buyken, PhD

    Professor, University of Paderborn (Paderborn, Germany).
  • 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)
  • 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).
  • Carlo La Vecchia, MD

    Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan (Italy)
  • Geoffrey Livesey, PhD

    Director, Independent Nutrition Logic, Wymondham (UK)
  • Simin Liu, MD, ScD

    Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Medicine, Brown University (Providence, USA)
  • Anne-Maria, Aas

    Professor, Oslo University Hospital (Norway)
  • Marie-Ann Ha

    Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University (UK)
  • Kathy Usic

    CEO Glycemic Index Foundation (Australia)
  • Gabriele Riccardi, MD

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

    Professor Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism Unit, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • Salwa W. Rizkalla, MD, PhD, DSc

    Senior Researcher, Institute Cardio-Metabolism and Nutrition, ICAN, Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Paris, Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris (France).
  • Salas-Salvado J, MD, PhD

    Professor, Rovira i Virgili University and CIBERobn Obesity and Nutrition, Tarragona (Spain)
  • 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)
  • Antonia Trichopoulou, MD, PhD

    Professor and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Food & Nutrition, Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Athens Medical School, and Vice President, Hellenic Health Foundation (Athens, Greece)
  • Thomas M.S. Wolever MD, PhD

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

ICQC Meeting

Evidence suggests that the role of specific forms of carbohydrates in obesity and on risk of diabetes and coronary heart disease may vary depending on carbohydrate quantity and quality (dietary fiber, whole grains content, glycemic index). Although there is scientific evidence that whole grains and low glycemic index carbohydrate foods are beneficial to health it is difficult to implement dietary strategies that include them due to lack of a standard definition and a clear legislation of whole grains and lack of food labeling for a carbohydrate quality indicator. To address these issues, NFI – Nutrition Foundation of Italy, will organize the 4th ICQC meeting in the birthplace of the Mediterranean diet (Cilento, Italy) during the summer of 2019. 

ICQC meeting 2019 Cilento - Italy download
Scientific Program ICQC meeting Rome 2017 download
Scientific Program ICQC meeting Toronto 2015 download
Scientific Program ICQC meeting Stresa 2013 download

ICQC Pubblications

2014 - ICQC response to Health Canada evaluation of GI claims-BJN download
2015 - ICQC consensus statement on GI-GL-GR-NMCD download
2015-Low vs high glycemic index diets-Response to Sacks et al-JAMA download
2016-Reply to Bray on GIGL. Lancet download
2017-Glycemic response glycemic index and second meal effect-AJCN download
COIs download
ICQC Whole Grain Scientific Consensus 2017 download