Session Abstract – PMWC 2021 Silicon Valley

One of the most rapidly growing areas of genomics is nutritional genomics and a growing body of research shows that our genes determine whether a particular food or nutrient is healthy or unhealthy for us. This research holds tremendous promise for evidence-based personalized nutrition, and yet there are also many false claims being made to consumers about exactly how much genetics can guide dietary recommendations. This session will address the latest science on nutritional genetics as well as perspectives on the field of professional societies that influence mainstream dietary guidelines.


Genetics And Micronutrient Needs: State Of The Science

Nutritional Genomics – Perspective From The Academy Of Nutrition And Dietetics
Ginger Hultin, Champagne Nutrition(R) LLCP

Nutritional Genomics In Cardiovascular Disease
Venkata Saroja Voruganti, University of North Carolina

Nutritional Genomics And Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Nutritional Genomics And The Microbiome

 Session Chair Profile

Ph.D., The Vice President of Innovation & Program Strategy, Lifestyle Medicine Institute

Dr. Jennifer Lovejoy spent 12 years on the faculty of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at LSU where she held the Manship Endowed Professorship in Diabetes and founded and directed the Women’s Nutrition Research Program. In 2003, Dr. Lovejoy became Dean of the School of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University in Seattle, a private university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in natural medicine. In 2008, she became Vice President of Clinical and Quality Support at Free and Clear, Inc, a company offering tobacco and weight management coaching services to employers, health plans and state governments. Currently, she is Chief Translational Science Officer at a startup company affiliated with the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, offering a “scientific wellness” service to employers and consumers. She holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Washington School of Public Health and is a frequent speaker on obesity and nutrition at national and international conferences. She was the 2010-2011 President of The Obesity Society of North America and past Regional Vice President for the International Association for the Study of Obesity.

 Speaker Profile

Owner, Champagne Nutrition; Spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Adjunct Faculty, Bastyr University

Hultin is a clinical dietitian and owner of a concierge-style virtual private practice focused on personalized nutrition support through balance rather than restriction. She is an award-winning media nutritionist, regularly appearing on local Seattle television and as a nutrition expert in interviews in publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, the Food Network, and Wine Spectator. She teaches clinical nutrition to her master's-level students using an evidence-based and integrative approach to health and wellness. She was recently awarded "Emerging Dietetic Leader" in Washington State in 2020. Hultin received a B.A in English Literature from the University of Washington in 2000 and her M.S. in nutrition from Bastyr University in 2011. She completed her dietetic internship at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Chicago and became a board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition (CSO) in 2015.

Nutritional Genomics: Using Genotype To Guide Nutrition Counseling
Nutritional genomics is a quickly-changing field. Since the Academy's position paper came out in 2014 and was since retired, the Academy's Evidence Analysis Center did a systematic review examining the effect of using genotype to guide nutrition counseling.

 Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Voruganti lab is focused on determining the role of genotypes, gender and ethnicity in affecting nutrient metabolism in obesity, hyperuricemia, hypertension and other cardiovascular disease risk factors. Dr. Voruganti has published more than 118 papers and authored four book chapters. She also co-directs the Precision Nutrition Core at the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, UNC Chapel Hill. In this role, she provides services that are needed by researchers to advance precision nutrition and metabolic research. Precision nutrition is a new and unique area of research and to generate public awareness, Dr. Voruganti has designed an annual workshop-style course that covers the fundamental concepts of nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and precision nutrition. She earned her B.Sc. degree with honors in Foods and Nutrition at The University of Delhi, India, and a post-graduate diploma in Dietetics and Hospital Food Service. She received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and did post-doctoral work in Genetic Epidemiology at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio.

Nutritional Genomics In Cardiovascular Disease: Overview Of The Field And Methods
Evidence from recent studies has shown significant effects of gene-diet interactions on cardiovascular disease (CVD) biomarkers and the development and progression of CVD. This talk will provide an overview of the field, methods and scientific progress to date in nutritional genomics of CVD.