Genetic technologies are revolutionising health care. Today we know that rather than viewing our genetic make-up as a hand of cards that have already been dealt, we have the power to use the information encoded in our genes to help us make the best choices that will maximize our genetic and health potential. There is little doubt that the future of nutrition and medicine is unquestionably enmeshed with nutritional genomics. Growing consumer interest in this area is matched by the increasing number of clinicians claiming expertise in this field. Consumers need access to better resources in order to avoid the pitfalls currently confronting them. With the necessary training, health professionals are ideally placed to provide more appropriate advice.
There is a significant ‘knowledge gap’ experienced by many practitioners who wish to include nutritional genomics in their practice. Nutrigenetics must exist in the context of a nutritional systems biology approach. An understanding of nutrigenomics and the interplay of these systems is the key to developing effective and meaningful dietary and lifestyle interventions. Practitioners require more in- depth, expansive training; understanding the biochemical environment of gene variants and the impact of nutrients on gene expression will provide them with the skills and knowledge to independently construct dietary recommendations that surpass the recommendations offered by commercial nutrigenetic tests.
In the rapidly-evolving discipline of Nutrigenomics, 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. 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, The SNP Journal, and Genes to Plate, and has published on Nutrigenomics in peer-reviewed journals.
She has also 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, and teaches an online Translational Nutrigenomics course for health professionals. She is the founder of the CTG Centre in Cape Town, the CTG Network, and IMPACT Clinics.
Inflammation is a core cellular defense mechanism. It is well known that most chronic conditions are related to chronic, persistent inflammation. In this presentation Dr Lannoye gives an overview of the most important contributors to chronic inflammation and explores the opportunities for nutritional immunomodulation.
Dr Ann Lannoye studied medicine and worked as a healthcare professional for 25 years, having her own nursing home for severely disabled elderly people. Through her work she became very conscious about the importance of prevention and a functional approach to disease.
She started a series of complementary studies in the fields of Orthomolecular Medicine, Functional Medicine and Nutrition. She is currently in the middle of a 2-year course on Functional Neurology in the US at IAFNR.