Full course description
Target Audience: Healthcare Professionals
Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree with basic sciences background or advanced professional student having completed a year of biology and chemistry.
There is increasing awareness among researchers, educators, healthcare professionals and consumers that the one-size-fits-all, population-based approach to nutritional guidance is sometimes ineffective. Individual variations in response to nutrients and knowledge of the genome has led to the birth of a new discipline: nutritional genomics. Students in the health sciences and professions will acquire knowledge of the effect of genetic variations on the interaction between diet and health with implications to susceptible subgroups.
Course content is presented in a variety of formats including video presentations, supplementary readings, a glossary, bibliography, and reference lists. Specific examples such as celiac disease, protein for weight management, caffeine and cardiovascular disease are included. Module quizzes and case studies provide an opportunity for critical reflection and assessment of whether, or how, this new tool may be used in your practice. Students will obtain a personalized nutrition focused genetic profile for insight into their personal health and fitness needs.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Review the science of nutritional genomics, with a particular focus on how individual genetic differences (ie nutrigenetics) impact our response to the foods, beverages and supplements we consume.
- Interpret terms such as nucleic acid structure, DNA replication, assembly of DNA into chromosomes, genes and transcription, the genetic code and human genome overview, translation of DNA to RNA to protein, mutation, DNA repair, recombination, SNPs, and other genome variations.
- Describe the strengths and limitations of consumer genetic testing and identify the factors to look for when choosing a genetic test.
- Explore the social, legal, and ethical issues to consider when incorporating nutrigenetics testing into clinical practice.
- Evaluate their own genetic profile in the context of their diet and lifestyle.
Ahmed El-Sohemy, PhD
Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy is a Full Professor at the University of Toronto and held a Canada Research Chair in Nutrigenomics. He is also the founder of Nutrigenomix Inc. and serves as the company’s Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. El-Sohemy earned his PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard. The goal of his research is to understand how genetic differences modify response to diet for optimal health and performance. Dr. El-Sohemyhas published over 175 peer-reviewed articles, given over 200 invited talks around the world and received several awards for excellence in research by the Canadian Nutrition Society and the American College of Nutrition.
If you have any questions about this course, you are welcome to contact Dr. Patricia Grace-Farfaglia, Nutrigenomics Course Facilitator, at email@example.com.