Translational Nutrigenomics Course
Evidence-Based Clinical Practice
The field of nutrigenomics represents the cutting edge of nutritional science. Absent from the current conversation, however, is the critical translation between genotype, nutritional biochemistry, gene expression, biomarker tests and personalised nutrition advice, all of which needs to be expressed to the patient. Genes are only the first step in examining the biochemistry and physiology of an individual, but how those genes are expressed influences an individual’s susceptibility to health or disease.
In essence, without translation, we are merely providing more nutrition advice. In this Translational Nutirgenomics course, we explore many of the areas of Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics that have found their way into commercial nutrigenetic tests. The course uses evidence-based literature to critically examine what is needed to translate the nutrigenomics conversation for the client, potentially providing practice-ready tools to translate this conversation to the dinner plate.
Why this course is different
There are other online nutrigenomics courses being offered, however, this course is unique in that it integrates the three pillars of:
(how nutrients impact gene expression)
Many courses focus only on methylation, while others look only at SNPs. This course is different in that we aim to ‘FUTURE PROOF’ our students. This lies in providing students with the skills needed to continue researching and learning in such a rapidly-evolving field. We do this by teaching key biochemical and genomic principles, providing evidence-based research to support our teachings, as well as providing the skills required to interpret and keep abreast of new developments as the science unfolds. This ability to critically interpret evidence-based research empowers practitioners to be able to independently construct dietary recommendations based on nutrigenetic results, the underlying biochemistry and its nutrigenomic impact.
Dr Yael Joffe RD PhD
In the rapidly-evolving disciplines of Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics, Dr Yael Joffe is acknowledged globally as an expert in the field. From her background as a dietitian, she obtained her PhD from the University of Cape Town.
Exploring the genetics and nutrition of obesity in South African women. She is highly sought-after as a speaker for conferences and workshops, tailoring her presentations to the needs of clinicians. She has co-authored It’s not just your Genes, has published on nutrigenomics in peer-reviewed journals and has been involved in the development and supervision of nutrigenomics courses around the world. Dr Joffe is currently an Adjunct Professor, teaching Nutrigenomics at Rutgers University.
Christine Houghton B.Sc. (Biochem.), R.Nutr., PhD.Cand.
Following many years in private practice as a registered nutritionist, Christine Houghton is currently engaged in doctoral research at the University of Queensland Australia, where her focus is on broccoli derived phytochemicals with significant nutrigenomic potential.
She is an accomplished writer and an engaging speaker whose evidence-supported presentations challenge accepted but often-outdated paradigms. Her forte lies in taking complex biochemical concepts and translating their essence into concepts relevant to the needs of practising clinicians. She is the author of “Switched On – Harnessing the Power of Nutrigenomics to Optimise Your Health” and a number of peer-reviewed publications.