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Nutrients Webinar | Nutrigenetics: Translation into Clinical and Nutritional Practice

Part of the Nutrients Webinar Series series
7 Sep 2021, 14:00 (CEST)

Genetic Testing, Personalized Nutrition, Precision Nutrition, Metabolic Health, Brain Health, Obesity
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Nutrients Webinar

Nutrigenetics: Translation into Clinical and Nutritional Practice

The human genome contains a huge amount of information. Information variability among human subjects is even greater. We are beginning to grasp this genetic variability and its implications for health, behavior, capacities (physical and intellectual), aging, and responses to different types of interventions. Even if still in its infancy, the development of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics is already providing concrete examples regarding the interaction of genetics, nutrition, and health outcomes whose translation into clinical and nutritional practice begins to be feasible and advisable. This knowledge – in the form, for instance, of genetic risk scores covering known variability in relevant gene sets, or the identification of single genetic variants or haplotypes that are consistently linked to phenotypic traits or responses to diet – is instrumental to preventive and therapeutic approaches against nutrition-related disease conditions through personalized dietary choices and recommendations. Importantly, at the same time, the novel knowledge generated is helping to advance our understanding of human biology and physiology. As Editor-in-Chief of the Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics section of the journal Nutrients, it is my pleasure and my honor to have reunited, in this Webinar, three outstanding, scientists acknowledged worldwide in the field, who will show us relevant examples emerging from their research and the momentum of the area such that we can envisage the possibilities, and limitations, open to us.

Date: 7 September 2021

Time: 2:00pm CEST | 8:00am EDT | 8:00pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 833 3321 7030

Webinar Secretariat: [email protected]

Chair

Prof. Dr. María Luisa Bonet

Nutrigenomics and Obesity Research Group, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Nutrition and Biotechnology (LBNB), University of the Balearic Island – Institut d’Investigació Sanitària Illes Balears (IdISBa) – CIBER de Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutrición (CIBERobn). Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

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Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Co-director of the Master in Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). Her background is in molecular nutrition, nutrigenomics, and the physiopathology of obesity. Her research relates to the mechanisms regulating body weight and adiposity in mammals and their interaction with dietary factors, notably vitamin A-related compounds, including the impact of early life nutrition in the long-term programming of the susceptibility to obesity and related health outcomes.

Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Minihane

University of East Anglia, Norwich Medical School, Norwich, United Kingdom

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Professor of Nutrigenetics, Head of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine in Norwich Medical School, Director of Norfolk Institute of Healthy Ageing (NIHA). Her research investigates the impact of select dietary components (in particular -3 fatty acids) and a Mediterranean-style dietary pattern on cardiometabolic and cognitive health. She also investigates nutrient–genotype interactions with a focus on the APOE genotype, establishing the aetiology of genotype–health associations and dietary strategies to mitigate the effects of the ‘at-risk’ APOE4 allele.

Prof. Dr. J. Alfredo Martínez

Department of Nutrition, Food Sciences and Physiology, University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain,
Centre for Biomedical Research in Network Pathophysiology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn), Institute of Health Carlos III, Madrid, Spain,
IMDEA Research Institute on Food & Health Sciences, Madrid, Spain

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Professor of Food Sciences and Nutrition. He has been president of the International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics (2015–2017) and is currently President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS). His main research interests are in the nutritional control of metabolism; the nutritional utilization of functional foods; the evaluation of nutritional status in different populations; nutrition and immunity; and cell, animal, and human intervention and epidemiological studies in obesity, with a focus on obesity and personalized nutrition, including precision nutritional omics.

Prof. Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy

Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada

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Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics. His research in nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics aims to identify biomarkers of dietary exposure and elucidate the genetic basis for variability in nutrient response and dietary preferences. His lab employs metabolomics, proteomics, and genomics to study the effects of diet on human health and to better understand how genetic and dietary factors interact to regulate metabolic and biochemical pathways involved in the development of chronic diseases and performance. His research group has also been studying the effects of disclosing genetic information on eating behaviours and exploring attitudes and perceptions of genetic testing. Other research projects focus on micronutrient genomics, genetics of caffeine response and genetic determinants of eating habits as well as athletic performance.

Program

Speaker/Presentation Time in CEST/CET

Prof. M. Luisa Bonet

Chair Introduction

2:00–2:10pm

Prof. Anne-Marie Minihane

APOE Genotype, Ageing, Brain Health and the Response to Dietary Change

2:10–2:50pm

Prof. Alfredo Martínez

Omics Applications in Precision Nutrition

3:00–3:40pm

Prof. Ahmed El-Sohemy

Genetic Testing for Personalized Nutrition

3:50–4:30pm
Q&A Session 4:30–4:55pm
Closing of Webinar

Prof. M. Luisa Bonet

4:55–5:00pm

Webinar Content

On Tuesday 7 September 2021 MDPI and the Journal Nutrients organized their third webinar, entitled "Nutrigenetics: Translation into Clinical and Nutritional Practice".

The introduction was held by the Chair of the webinar, Prof. Dr. María Luisa Bonet, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Co-Director of the Master in Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB).

The first speaker to kick off this webinar was Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Minihane from the University of East Anglia, Norwich Medical School, UK. Her presentation was entitled “APOE Genotype, Ageing, Brain Health and the Response to Dietary Change”. Her research investigates the impact of select dietary components and a Mediterranean-style dietary pattern on cardiometabolic and cognitive health. She also investigates nutrient–genotype interactions with a focus on the APOE genotype, establishing the aetiology of genotype–health associations and dietary strategies to mitigate the effects of the ‘at-risk’ APOE4 allele.

The second presentation with the title "Omics Applications in Precision Nutrition" was given by Prof. Dr. Alfredo Martínez, Professor of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Institute of Health Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. His main research interests are in the nutritional control of metabolism; the nutritional utilization of functional foods; the evaluation of nutritional status in different populations; nutrition and immunity; and cell, animal, and human intervention and epidemiological studies in obesity, with a focus on obesity and personalized nutrition, including precision nutritional omics.

Last but not least, the final talk, entitled “Genetic Testing for Personalized Nutrition”, was given by Prof. Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy from the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, Canada. His research in nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics aims to identify biomarkers of dietary exposure and elucidate the genetic basis for variability in nutrient response and dietary preferences

The presentations were followed by a Q&A and a discussion, moderated by the Chair. The webinar was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found here on Sciforum website. In order to stay updated on the next webinars on Nutrients, be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking on “Subscribe” at the top of the page.

Relevant SI

Nutrigenomics and the Future of Nutrition
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Lynnette Ferguson
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2021

Gene, Diet, Inflammation and Gut Health
Guest Editor: Dr. Gerard E. Mullin
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2021

Nutritional Implications of Non-coding RNA for Human Health
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Luca Gallelli
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021


Current Understandings on the Role of Diet and Epigenetics in Cancer
Guest Editor: Dr. Sibaji Sarkar
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021

Gene Polymorphism and Nutrition: Relationships with Chronic Disease
Guest Editor: Dr. Daniel-Antonio de Luis Roman
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021


Ketogenic Dietary Therapies in Neurological Disorders
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Anna Tagliabue
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2021

Nutrigenomics and Biological Rhythms: Impact on Human Health
Guest Editor: Dr. Anna Arola-Arnal
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 November 2021

The Effect of Gene–Diet Interactions in Human Health
Guest Editor: Dr. Valentini Konstantinidou
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2021

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