genetic

What is Personalized Nutrition?

March 01, 2014

Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, director of the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute, explains what personalized nutrition is and how it is the mission of his institute to advance the field so that nutritional decisions are based on genetic information. The result: healthier people and new avenues to prevent and treat disease. Physicians know that […]

Parental Nutrition Impacts Future Generations

February 10, 2014

Mihai Niculescu, MD, PhD, with the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute, is an expert in the field of epigenetics. He is researching how nutrition influences the genetic interplay between parents and children, specifically looking at omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.   When you make a habit of snacking on fruits and vegetables versus grabbing a […]

Heart and Liver Disease: Deciphering Metabolic and Genetic Connections

June 09, 2013

The human genetic code is 99.9 percent identical. What makes people individuals, genetically speaking, equates to .1 percent of their individual genetic make-up and accounts for thousands of differentiations at the molecular level. Deciphering those differentiations or polymorphisms and their involvement in the development of disease is the work of scientists like Karen  Corbin, PhD, RD, […]

DHMRI Advances Personalized Medicine in North Carolina

August 09, 2012

Personalized medicine is transforming healthcare by precipitating a shift to a model that takes into account individual differences and the influence of genetics and the environment. The advantage is more effective treatments, an enhanced ability to predict risk for chronic disease and the opportunity for earlier medical intervention. The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) is […]