Nutrigenomics: Science, Regulation, and Policy

Wednesday, March 7, 2007 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

St. Paul Student Center Theater

Individuals vary dramatically in their response to any type of dietary intervention and genetic factors may help identify vulnerable populations and individuals that could benefit from personalized and mechanistic-based dietary recommendations. This lecture presented the scientific basis of the field of nutrigenomics and the regulatory and policy issues facing this interdisciplinary field, pulling from agriculture, medicine, genetics, nutrition, and public health. 

Prof. Charles C. Muscoplat, PhD
Vice President, Statewide Strategic Resource Development
University of Minnesota

Prof. Jeffrey P. Kahn, PhD
Director, Center for Bioethics
University of Minnesota

Application for CME and CNE Credits was filed with the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Medical Education. Determination of credits was approved. Credit was sought only for those attending the live lecture; credit were not given for viewing videotapes after the lecture. Continuing legal education credit (CLE) for attorneys was requested (1.5 hours).

It is the policy of the University of Minnesota’s Office of Continuing Medical Education to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in sponsored programs are expected to disclose to the program audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentation.

José Ordovás, PhD, is the Director of the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University and Director of the Cellular and Molecular Nutrition Program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. His research focuses on the genetic factors predisposing to cardiovascular disease and their interaction with the environment and behavioral factors with special emphasis on diet and more specifically the different effects of n-6 and n-3 fatty acids. He has participated in the Framingham Heart Study for nearly 20 years and is carrying out multiple cross-cultural studies to determine cardiovascular risk in different populations around the world, with special interest in the Asian Pacific and the Mediterranean regions.

Prof. Ordovás has published over 400 scientific articles in peer review journals, including The Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, JAMA, Circulation, Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Journal of Biological Chemistry and Proceedings of the National Society of Sciences (USA), Journal of Lipid Research, American Journal of Human Genetics, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

He received his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Zaragoza in Spain.

March 7, 2007