Nutrition Research Institute Hosts Nutrition Specialists for 6th Annual Short Course

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina, USA, May 12, 2022 / — UNC’s Nutrition Research Institute, in collaboration with UNC’s Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC), will hold its annual workshop on nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and Precision Nutrition, May 16-19 in Concord, North Carolina.

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI), a unit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is dedicated to answering questions about how genes and diet interact (the scientific fields of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics, “NGx”), and how we can use these answers to develop a precision nutritional approach that maximizes the health of each individual. NGx research covers scientific concepts ranging from cell biology to dietetics. The NRI created this annual workshop to facilitate the translation of research results from labs to populations and to enable interdisciplinary communication by bringing together graduate students and healthcare professionals. and nutrition scientists from academia and industry. This workshop marks the return to an in-person event after an online-only version was presented last year during the pandemic.

Lecture topics include introductions to genetics and nutritional epidemiology; applications of NGx in cancer, cardiovascular disease and cognitive development; nutritional epigenetics; nutritional metabolomics and microbiome; and clinical research. “This workshop is a great platform for students, researchers, and medical professionals to gain exposure to evolving and interesting science,” says Saroja Voruganti, PhD, NRI Principal Investigator and Workshop Director. .

The keynote address by Robert A. Waterland, PhD, Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, will provide an opportunity for students and young researchers to hear from a leading researcher in the domain. Speakers include professors from the departments of nutrition, genetics, epidemiology, psychology, and neuroscience, the School of Pharmacy, and the Nutrition Research Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill; UNC Charlotte; Obesity and Metabolism Research, Davis, CA, USDA-ARS; National Institute of Medicina Genomics; and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

This year’s all-inclusive registration fee covers the full short course, interactive sessions where participants will learn how to analyze and interpret genetic data, hotel accommodations and all meals. The general cost per person to attend is $850; postdoctoral fellows $600; graduate students $500. Registered Dietitians (RDs) can earn up to 17.5 CPUE credits with this course. Because of the importance of training future scientists, the NRI offers scholarships to eligible graduate and postdoctoral students.

“Differences in our genetics, metabolism, microbiome, environmental exposures and other individual characteristics make each of us unique in terms of our response to specific foods and nutrients,” says Stephen D. Hursting, PhD, MPH, Director from UNC Nutrition Research. “These individual differences, particularly variations in the genetic code we inherited from our ancestors, influence our nutrient needs as well as the impact of our diet on the risk of developing many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and many cancers.This workshop teaches scientists and healthcare professionals how to identify genetic variations and how to use this information to develop personalized nutritional strategies to optimize health and prevent disease.

This annual short course in nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, and precision nutrition is organized and produced by the UNC Nutrition Research Institute. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the following: North Carolina Biotechnology Center; standard process; CRDF Global Fogarty International Center Cross-Border Collaboration Award Program (OISE-9531011); and National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (R13DK129024).

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About the UNC Nutrition Research Institute
The mission of the UNC Nutrition Research Institute is to learn how nutrition affects individual health through our leadership in precision nutritional research, establishing how differences in our genes, gut bacteria, metabolism, and environment shape our individual disease risk. Each person is metabolically unique. The NRI is dedicated to uncovering how these differences affect an individual’s health so that current universal dietary guidelines can be replaced with personalized nutritional recommendations and actions to improve a person’s health and quality of life.

For more information about the Nutrition Research Institute, future courses, or to schedule an interview, contact Suzanne Dane, Director of Institutional Advancement, UNC Nutrition Research Institute at 704-250-5008.

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