NRI presents inaugural short course for nutrition specialists

May 24, 2016

From a UNC Nutritional Research Institute News Release: unc nri

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – May 20, 2016 – The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) holds its first short course in Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics and Precision Nutrition, May 23 – 26.  This workshop-style educational course features 16 expert-led presentations on an array of topics including “Nutrition and Epigenetics” and “MicroRNA and Metabolic Profiling.” State-of-the-art practice is an important component of the short course. In hands-on sessions participants will learn to analyze and interpret genetic data using PLINK, Harvard’s open-source, whole-genome association analysis software toolset.

This non-credit short course is designed for graduate students, health professionals and nutrition scientists from academia and industry. In its inaugural year this workshop is fully subscribed with 96 participants from 6 countries and 29 states. Among the presenters are professors of Nutrition, Psychology and Genetics at UNC-Chapel Hill and principal investigators at the UNC Nutrition Research Institute.

“This workshop is an excellent introduction to the concepts of nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, epigenetics and metabolomics,” says Dr. Steven H. Zeisel, Institute Director.  “We know that nutrition has the most important life-long behavioral impact on human heath, but we are only now beginning to understand human variability in requirements and responses to diet.  Understanding these diet-genome interactions is critical if we are going to make progress towards effective prevention and treatment of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.”

The short course is a low-cost opportunity to learn the basics of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics in an intensive workshop setting. Full registration ranges from $400 to $675. Because of the importance of training future scientists in this field, the NRI offered fee scholarships to more than one-third of course registrants.

Participants will be housed at UNC Charlotte and will be shuttled daily to the nearby North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, site of the Nutrition Research Institute. Sessions will take place in meeting facilities at the newly constructed Kannapolis City Hall, also located on the campus. Included in the registration fee are accommodations, all meals, and an afternoon excursion to the 1100-acre U.S. National Whitewater Center, where participants can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, and mountain biking.


About the UNC Nutrition Research Institute

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute’s mission is to advance the field of precision nutrition by investigating how genetics and environment affect an individual’s requirements for and responses to nutrients. Every person is metabolically unique. The NRI is dedicated to finding out how these differences affect an individual’s health so that current one-size-fits-all dietary guidelines can be replaced with customized nutritional recommendations and actions to improve a person’s health and quality of life.

For more information on the Nutrition Research Institute, future courses or to schedule an interview, contact Suzanne Dane, Director of Community Outreach and Development, UNC Nutrition Research Institute at 704-250-5008.

UNC Nutrition Research Institute

500 Laureate Way

Kannapolis, NC  28081

Phone:  704-250-5000

Fax:  704-250-5001



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