About Us

The International Society for Diet and Activity Methods (ISDAM) supports the advancement of diet and physical activity assessment methods by providing opportunities for sharing the latest research, as well as capacity building and networking, within the international community.

Our Vision

The vision of ISDAM is the wide availability and use of robust methods for the assessment of diet and physical activity across contexts, settings, and populations.

Our Mission

ISDAM builds on the rich history of the International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods to:

  • strengthen the international community of researchers and practitioners with a focus on diet and physical activity assessment;
  • build capacity in developing, evaluating, and using diet and physical activity methods;
  • provide forums for sharing and critiquing diet and physical activity methods;
  • stimulate robust research to advance diet and physical activity methods.


Since the first conference in 1992 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods (ICDAM) has been the only international conference solely devoted to improving methods and measures for both diet and physical activity. Originally, ICDAM was known as the International Conference on Dietary Assessment Methods. Because two key concerns in dietary research—obesity and energy balance—also relate to physical activity, assessing measures of physical activity was a theme of the 2006 conference. Afterward, the planning committee decided to continue to include physical activity as a focus for future conferences, modifying the name to the International Conference on Diet and Activity Methods.
We are pleased to be launching ISDAM to improve continuity between conferences and to strengthen the international community.


The Society’s inaugural board comprises the following leaders.  Over the next few years, elections will be held to increase the size of the board and to support the natural renewal of our leadership.

Janet Cade

University of Leeds

Megan Deitchler

Intake Center for Dietary Assessment

Edith Feskens

Wageningen University and Research

Paul Hibbing

University of Illinois at Chicago

Sharon Kirkpatrick

Board President
University of Waterloo

Benoît Lamarche

Université Laval

Tracy McCaffrey

Board Treasurer
Monash University

Jill Reedy

U.S. National Cancer Institute

Pedro Saint-Maurice

Board Vice President
Champalimaud Foundation


2025 ICDAM International Scientific Committee

Sharon Kirkpatrick, University of Waterloo, Canada (Conference Chair)

Carolina Batis, Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica, Mexico

Kathryn Beck, Massey University, New Zealand

Andrew Hills, University of Tasmania, Australia

Sarah Keadle, Cal Poly, US

Megan McCrory, Boston University, US

Rebecca Leech, Deakin University, Australia

Kentaro Murakami, University of Tokyo, Japan

Marga Ocké, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands

Marji McCullough, American Cancer Society, US

Polly Page, University of Cambridge, UK

Erika Rees-Punia, American Cancer Society, US