The online TRANSLATIONAL NUTRIGENOMICS™ course
is now open to all health professionals, anywhere in the world.
Nutrigenomics is the cutting edge of nutrition science. As interest in personalized medicine increases, your patients will ask you about genetic testing. This course will provide practitioners with adequate training to accurately and usefully interpret their client’s results and transition them into realistic and personalised food solutions.
Students will require access to a computer and adequate Internet capability.
Capturing the Nutrigenomics Conversation. Our course consists of nine modules, these are detailed below.
Each module will include :
Recommended readings and resources | Videos | Powerpoint based lecture | Online quiz
Chromosomal and molecular genetics, epigenetics, and an overview of nutrigenomics – Dr Yael Joffe
In this module we will explore chromosomal and molecular genetics, and the exciting area of epigenetics and how it interacts with nutrition. The last part of this module will be an overview of nutrigenomics, understanding about genetic variation and gene expression, and learning to differentiate between nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics.
Relevant nutritional biochemistry to understand key diet-gene interactions – Christine Houghton
This module takes complex biochemical concepts and simplifies them to the needs of the clinician. The first part of this module describes the biochemical story underpinning each of the genes we will be introducing in this course. In the second part, we will be addressing the various ways in which nutrients play an integral part in these biochemical pathways.
Nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics in chronic disease – Christine Houghton & Dr Yael Joffe
In this module you will understand why individuals with certain genotypes are predisposed to particular health abnormalities. Our focus is on cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes as common diseases for which particular gene variants significantly impact cellular function. We will also review diet-gene interactions that impact processes that contribute to cancer development.
Nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics in inflammatory disorders – Christine Houghton & Dr Yael Joffe
In Module 4 we explore the biochemical processes underpinning the development of inflammatory diseases in general. Although diseases like asthma, psoriasis and osteoarthritis present very differently, they are all underpinned by the oxidative stress-inflammation couple. We will also explore the gene variants that are associated with the inflammatory process.
Nutrigenetics of food responsiveness – Dr Yael Joffe
Gene variations can be useful for understanding an individuals response to a certain food or nutrient. In this module we explore gene variants that alter food responsiveness. Why one individual can drink coffee right up to bed-time and still sleep soundly comes back to our genes.
The genetics of weight management and obesity – Dr Yael Joffe
This module explores the contribution of genetics to the susceptibility of becoming obese, but also in how individuals respond differently to different weight management interventions. You will also learn about the many factors that contribute to obesity such as taste, sleep, behavior, appetite and satiety, exercise responsiveness, and how genes play a role in an individual’s responsiveness to different diet protocols.
Ethical issues and behavioural change in nutrigenomic testing – Dr Yael Joffe
As nutrigenetic testing becomes more affordable and available, it is important that equal attention is paid to the ethical, legal, and social aspects of nutrigenomics testing. In addition, you will understand how genetic tests differ and how this impacts the way you will interact with a client.
Supplement decision-making for the nutrigenomics clinician – Christine Houghton
Our goal is to select an appropriate nutritional intervention to favourably modify the expression of a gene or compensate for the presence of a gene variant in a patient’s genomic profile. Such interventions may take the form of foods or supplements or a combination of these. This module introduces you to the process required to critically review a supplement formulation to determine its potential as an effective intervention. Culinary Genomics, which deals with food as an intervention will be offered as an elective module.
Evaluating and using commercial genetic tests in practice – Dr Yael Joffe
In this module we will give you guidelines on how to evaluate commercial genetic tests, utilizing the principles of scientific and clinical utility. Furthermore, we will provide you with a set of criteria to evaluate individual gene variants for clinical usefulness. The second part of this module will introduce you to the idea of 3-3-3, this was developed to help practitioners manage the nutrigenetic results they receive back from the lab.
A comprehensive case study assignment at the end of course will provide the grade for the course. This will be based on the student’s nutrigenetic test results; evaluating genotype, and constructing dietary, lifestyle and supplement requirements. Students will be required to do their own (appropriate) nutrigenetic test if they haven’t already done one.
"CTG Education courses are unique in that they teach Translational Nutrigenomics. Developed specifically for health practitioners, the course aims to capture not only the science conversation of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics, but how to translate it into clinical practice."
"An important focus in producing this course has been to create a meaningful learning experience, highlighting the relevant biochemical concepts in a manner that streamlines the clinical interpretation of the gene variants."
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Download a sample of the SNP JOURNAL included with the Foundations in Nutrigenomics Course