IARFR PAS joins NuGO

At the initiative of WELCOME2 ERA Chair holder, prof. Carsten Carlberg, the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research has joined the European Organization of Nutrigenomics NuGO. NuGO is a prestiogious international association of universities and research institutes focusing on the joint development of the research areas of molecular nutrition, personalised nutrition, nutrigenomics and nutritional systems biology.

NuGO has a mission focused on:

  • stimulating developments in molecular nutrition, personalised nutrition, nutrigenomics, nutrigenetics and nutritional systems biology, and incorporating these aspects in nutrition and health research, by joint research projects, conferences, workshops and training. NuGO can join as partner in your research project.
  • shaping the nutrition bioinformatics infrastructure, by initiating, coordinating and facilitating projects in this area, and by hosting the dissemination of all data, results and information.

Among NuGO member organisations we may find such as Wageningen University & Research, Quadram Institute Bioscience, Ghent University or University of Melbourne. See the full list here.

SEMINARS

NuGO has just announced a series of webinars 2022 ECN NuGO, and the first of them “Precision Nutrition – Fact or Fiction; Using multi-omics to unravel the multiple inter-related determinants of our individual responses to food” will be held 30th March at 11:00AM (CEST). The speakers will be Drs. Sarah Berry and Kate Bermingham from King’s College London.

Click here to register for the event.

Summary

There is growing awareness of the need to move beyond the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach in nutritional advice. However, for personalised nutrition to become a reality, large-scale, high precision data integrating multiple dietary, lifestyle, physiological, genetic and metagenomic data is required. This webinar will explore 1) why we need personalised approaches to nutrition advice, 2) the current status of personalised nutrition and remote clinical trials and 3) new developments with a focus on the ZOE PREDICT programme of research. The ZOE PREDICT programme is the largest ongoing programme of personalised nutrition (n>20,000) assessing the genetic, metagenomic, metabolomic and meal-context drivers of metabolic responses to predict individual responses to food using AI. This research is at the forefront of developments in personalised nutrition and is forging a new way forward in the design and implementation of large-scale remote nutrition research studies integrating novel technologies, citizen science and AI. The PREDICT programme has demonstrated the large and potentially modifiable variation in metabolic responses to identical meals in healthy people and the role that ‘what’ we eat, ‘who’ we are and ‘how’ we eat plays in shaping our responses.

Speakers:

Sarah Berry is a Reader in Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London. Her research interests relate to the influence of dietary components on cardiometabolic disease risk, with particular focus on; personalised nutrition, postprandial lipid metabolism and food and fat structure. Since commencing her research career at King’s, she has been the academic leader for more than 30 human nutrition studies in cardio-metabolic health. Sarah is also the lead nutritional scientist on the PREDICT programme of research, assessing the genetic, metabolic, metagenomic, and meal-dependent effects on metabolic responses to food in >20,000 individuals in the UK and US. This research is at the forefront of developments in personalised nutrition and is forging a new way forward in the design and implementation of large-scale remote nutrition research studies integrating novel technologies, citizen science and AI.

Kate Bermingham is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London. Her research areas of interest relate to understanding inter and intra-variation in dietary, anthropometric and metabolic phenotypes, and determining how individuals respond to different diets and lifestyles with a view to informing personalised nutrition strategies.

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