Pharmacy Research Seminar Series: Dr. Ahmed El-SohemyExport this event to calendar

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 — 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EDT

Do our genes determine what we should eat?

Woman walks through grocery store aisle.We are honoured to invite Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy to speak in the Pharmacy Research Seminar Series. El-Sohemy is Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto. 

Visitors from main campus and those external to Waterloo are welcome.

Please RSVP to sarah.rae@uwaterloo.ca.

Abstract

There is increasing awareness among researchers, educators, healthcare professionals and consumers that the one-size-fits-all, population-based approach to nutritional guidance is inefficient and often ineffective. This awareness has created a growing market for personal genetic testing services. Recent advances in human genomics have uncovered extensive variations in genes affecting nutrient metabolism, but their full impact on nutrient requirements remains to be elucidated.

However, developments in high-throughput technologies have enabled cost-effective and rapid detection of genetic variants, which facilitates their incorporation into clinical and observational studies of nutrition.

Differences in the rates of absorption, distribution, uptake, utilization, biotransformation and excretion ultimately impact the concentration of a nutrient at a target site of interest. Variations in genes that code for target proteins such as receptors, enzymes, transporters or ion channels can also impact the response to a nutrient.

Our research program uses high-throughput “omics” technologies to study how individual genetic differences affect our food preferences and response to nutrients. We have also conducted the first randomized controlled trial of genetic information on personalized nutrition.

Incorporating markers of genetic variation into studies of nutrition and health aims to benefit those seeking personalized dietary advice, but should also improve public health recommendations by providing sound scientific evidence linking diet and health.

Nutrigenomix Inc. is a University of Toronto start-up company that is dedicated to empowering healthcare professionals and their clients with comprehensive, reliable, genomic information with the ultimate goal of improving health through personalized nutrition. The use of Nutrigenomix® genetic testing in clinical practice, research and education will be discussed. 

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