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The Nutrient-Gene Connection: Implications for Dietetic Practice and Healthy Eating Promotion

The Nutrient-Gene Connection: Implications for Dietetic Practice and Healthy Eating Promotion Nutritional genomics is the exciting new area of research exploring the role of nutrients in gene expression (nutrigenomics) and genetic polymorphisms on response to nutrients (nutrigenetics). Poised to usher in a new era of dietetic practice, nutritional genomics may also revolutionize nutrition policy and public health by demonstrating the limits of generalized dietary recommendations and healthy eating messages.

This webinar will provide an overview of the current state of knowledge and research in nutritional genomics and explore how the practice of dietetics and healthy eating promotion may be impacted.


Dr. Ellen Vogel RD, FDC, PhD, is the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Dr. Vogel completed an undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Manitoba in 1975; a Master of Health Education from the University of Manitoba in 1985; and a PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism from the University of Alberta in 2001. In 2003, Dr.Vogel was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Office of the Chief Scientist at Health Canada. She is a fellow with the Dietitians of Canada; a past chair of the Dietitians of Canada's Board of Directors; and a recipient of numerous awards for leadership and innovation in dietetic practice. She is a founding faculty member of UOIT, having arrived in 2002. In 2010, she was awarded a university-wide peer recognition award for teaching excellence.

Dr. Milly Ryan-Harshman PhD, is a lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. A former public health nutritionst, Dr. Ryan-Harshman consulted with the agriculture and food industry, and developed education programs for physicians and pharmacists from 1996-2011. She has also participated in research about nutritional genomics and dietetic professionals practice with Dr. Ellen Vogel. She currently teaches academic writing and ethics in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She has written for both public and scientific audiences; some of her recent publications that she co-authored include a series of articles on the Dietary Reference Intakes, a literature review on the impact of nutritional genomics on dietetic practice, and a book chapter on nutritional genomics. She has been an invited speaker to the International Congress of Dietetics (Manila and Chicago), The Nutrition Society (London), and various national conferences in Canada.


Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutritional Genomics
Nutritional Genomics and Dietetic Professionals Practice (Can J Diet Prac Res)

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