Group Assignment #2

Prompt: Define and summarize the relevant interfaces between disciplines that exist in your challenge.

Interfaces Between Disciplines: Improving Nutrition to Combat Disease and Obesity

Nutritionists/food scientists and clinicians:

An instance of this interdisciplinary intersection lies within the nutritionist and clinical realm of research. This relationship is formed when the nutritionist/food scientist discovers foods and diets that work with the majority of people and when the clinician must create an individualized, healthier lifestyle for their client. In order for this transaction to occur, the clinician must consult with the nutritionist to develop a well-rounded diet that would be suit each of their clients, and in order for nutritionists to disperse their research and discovers within the public eye, they must share their knowledge with the clinician. The entire exchange of information relies on a symbiotic relationship with the nutritionists making dietary discoveries and the clinician utilizing the research to construct healthy routines for clients to incorporate within their lifestyles. Nutritionists and clinicians are unable to thrive without one another, which makes each role vital to the process of improving nutrition to combat different diseases and obesity.

Nutritionists/clinicians communicating with food distributors:

When it comes to actually placing dispersing nutritionally sound foods out into the market, both clinicians and nutritionists must deal with third-party food distributors. When it comes to communicating potential solutions towards improving nutrition in order to combat disease and obesity, nutritionists and clinicians must showcase their findings towards the distributors in an understandable way. Though these professionals are knowledgeable in terms of nutrition and combatting obesity, they are unable to produce their findings on a large, public scale without the cooperation of distributors. The distributors must also take into consideration public appeal, price, and ease of distribution in addition to the nutritional recommendations given by the nutritionists and clinicians. This interface often faces obstacles because many of the propositions may not be cost-effective or may not be a change that is enticing or easily accepted by the general public.

Government (policy making) and public:

Aside from the strictly scientific perspective of this grand challenge, there exists an interface between the solution and the physical implementation. In order for the solution to be the most effective, it must incorporate the standards set forth by the government that allows it to be feasible on a national scale. For example, if the solution were to include industry regulation of any kind, there is a series of requirements that must be approved by the FDA in order for it to be to be administered. There needs to be a constant interaction between scientists and policy makers because scientists are not well-versed in legal requirements. Even a well thought out solution can fall apart without that component. The best approach to successfully integrating the solution with the implementation is to continually consult with policy makers throughout the development process, as opposed to isolating one without the other and bringing them together at the end.

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