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Training Course - Thursday, November 17th
Biblioteca Universitaria “Raúl Rangel Frías” Auditorium
(in-person only)

  • The course will be held in person and in Spanish.
  • Addressed to students of BSc and graduated students from health sciences and related areas.
8:30 - 10:50 Session 1
Chairs: Dr. Elizabeth Solís / Dr. Manuel López Cabanillas
08:40 – 09:20
Machine learning in nutrition research · Dr. María del Pilar Pozos Parra
  • DR. MARÍA DEL PILAR POZOS PARRA
    DR. MARÍA DEL PILAR POZOS PARRA
    Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Mexico

Dr. Pozos Parra received her B.Sc. (1996) in Computer Sciences from the University of Puebla, Mexico, her M.Sc. (1998) and Ph.D. (2002) both in Computer Sciences (Knowledge Representation and Formalization of Reasoning) from SUPAERO College (now ISAE-SUPAERO), France. Moreover, she received a B.Sc. (2019) in Nutrition from the University of Tabasco. She has been working as Professor at some Mexican universities such as University of Tabasco, University of the Mixteca in the Department of Postgraduate Studies, and University of Puebla. She was a Postdoc Research Fellow in the Department of Computing, Division ICS, Macquarie University, Australia, as well. She held visiting professor positions at the University of Toulouse 1 Capitole in 2012, 2013, and 2017, and at Queens University Belfast in 2012-2013. She is Professor of information technology and artificial intelligence at the University of Baja California.

Her research interests include belief merging and change of beliefs, obligations and intentions, situation calculus, automated deduction strategies, multiagent system modeling (BDI approach) and combination of metaheuristics with belief merging for solving problems with combinatorial explosion.

Her current interests concern applications based on belief merging to solve real life problems. She is the author of more than 30 scientific papers in journals and conferences. She served on some program committees. She was the principal investigator of some Mexican funded project. She has supervised postgraduate students.

09:20 – 09:40
GWAS, genotyping and sequencing · Dr. Hugo Leonid Gallardo Blanco
  • DR. HUGO LEONID GALLARDO BLANCO
    DR. HUGO LEONID GALLARDO BLANCO
    Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico

The highest degree is a Doctorate in Sciences with a specialty in Biotechnology from the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León.

He has been in two consecutive periods as Level 1 in the SNI.

In the area of research, he has published 23 articles in indexed journals, which appear in the PubMed database of the US National Institutes of Health, SCOPUS, and in the Index Medicus of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Of them, he is corresponding author in seven and the first author in two. He has also published four articles in Popular Science Magazines, two in Biotechnology, one in health, and one in biomedicine.

He has participated in the thesis commission of 19 students, 7 Master's (7 co-director), and 6 Doctorates (1 director, five co-director), all completed, and two doctorates are in progress. He has participated in the thesis committee of three thesis students of Specialty in Medical Genetics PNPC. He has also participated as co-director of 4 thesis students of the Master of Science in Nutrition PNPC.

He has participated in research projects as a technical manager and collaborator for the Autonomous University of Nuevo León for the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). He has contributed to the development of scientific vocations through the Expociencias programs, research summers of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, Meeting of Young Researchers of the state of Nuevo León, and PROVERICYT-UANL. He has been a pioneer in Molecular Biomedicine in the Northeast of the country, where he has contributed to the generation of knowledge in monogenic, multifactorial, chronic-degenerative diseases and cancer, and more recently, in the application of knowledge-generating technological developments in nanomedicine and bioinformatics.

09:40 – 10:00
miRNAS and transcriptomics · Dr. Fermín I. Milagro
  • DR. FERMÍN I. MILAGRO
    DR. FERMÍN I. MILAGRO
    Universidad de Navarra, Spain

Dr. Milagro is a researcher at the Center for Nutrition Research of the University of Navarra (Spain). He leads the research line in Precision Nutrition, which studies the influence of nutrigenetics, epigenetics, non-coding RNAs and gut microbiota on obesity and its comorbidities. He has published more than 250 scientific articles (H index of 49) and supervised 13 doctoral theses.

10:00 – 10:20
Nutrigenetic and metagenomic in obesity · Prof. J. Alfredo Martínez
  • PROF. J. ALFREDO MARTÍNEZ
    PROF. J. ALFREDO MARTÍNEZ
    IMDEA Food, Research Institute on Food & Health Sciences, Spain

Prof. Martínez holds a PhD in Nutrition, as well as a PhD in Pharmacy and Medicine. He is currently the director of the Precision Nutrition Program in IMDEA Food and has been involved in reference European projects such as DIOGENES, SEAFOODplus NUGENOB, FOOD4ME, STOP PREVIEW and SWEET. Prof. Martínez has supervised more than 75 PhD students and published more than 850 peer reviewed articles in the field of Nutrition and Obesity (H Index > 75), including Precision Nutrition omics. Currently, Prof J. Alfredo Martínez is the president of the International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS) and has been awarded with numerous prizes including the Hipócrates or the Dupont awards.

10:20 – 10:50
Questions
10:50 – 11:20
Break
11:20 - 13:00 Session 2
Chairs: Dr. Ana Laura de la Garza / Dr. Zacarías Jiménez Salas
11:20 - 12:00
Ethical aspects in nutritional genomics · Dr. Garbiñe Saruwatari
  • DR. GARBIÑE SARUWATARI
    Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genómica, Mexico
12:00 - 12:20
Omics sciences in precision nutrition · Dr. Elizabeth Tejero
  • DR. ELIZABETH TEJERO
    DR. ELIZABETH TEJERO
    Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genómica, Mexico

Dr. Tejeros’ background is nutrition and food science. She initiated her work on genomics of obesity and related conditions, exploring the complexity of nutrient-gene interactions, and their relevance for human health. She is currently working at the Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics Laboratory at the National Institute of Genomic Medicine, in Mexico City. Her research is on the effects of genetic variation on the response to dietary compounds and risk factors for chronic diseases. She also investigates the regulation of gene expression by nutrients and bioactive compounds, including fatty acids and polyphenols.

12:20 - 12:40
Genetics and epigenetics of olfaction in nutrition and obesity · Dr. Oscar Omar Ramos López
  • DR. OSCAR OMAR RAMOS LÓPEZ
    DR. OSCAR OMAR RAMOS LÓPEZ
    Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Mexico
He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition (University of Guadalajara) in 2010. In 2016, he obtained the degree of PhD in Molecular Biology in Medicine (University of Guadalajara). He also carried out a 2-year international postdoctoral stay (2016-2018) at the Nutrition Research Center of the University of Navarra, Spain. Currently, he is full-time research-professor (level C) at the School of Medicine and Psychology, Autonomous University of Baja California, Tijuana, México. Dr. Ramos is a member of the national system of researchers at level 1 since 2017. His scientific production includes 55 publications, more than 700 citations, and H-index 16.
12:40 - 13:00
Applied epigenetics · Dr. Ana Gabriela Aguilar Lozano
  • DR. ANA GABRIELA AGUILAR LOZANO
    DR. ANA GABRIELA AGUILAR LOZANO
    Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genómica, Mexico

Dr. Ana Aguilar-Lozano obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, where she worked in metabolomic biomarkers for gestational diabetes early diagnosis. In 2018, she obtained her MSc. Degree in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition, where she published that milk exosomal miRNAs can modify purine metabolism in mouse and humans. Currently, she is a PhD candidate researcher in INMEGEN and INCMNSZ, studying Epigenetic mechanisms in health and disease, and how nutrition can influence DNA methylation establishment, maintenance, and modifications during critical windows of development, that could modify the susceptibility to develop metabolic diseases.

13:00 - 13:30
Questions

Day 1 - Thursday, November 17th

16:00 - 16:15 Opening ceremony
Welcome remarks: ISNN 2022 · Dr. Louis Pérusse, Dr. Manuel López Cabanillas
16:15 - 17:00 Opening lecture
The emerging contribution of mediation analysis to understand the role of nutrition and lifestyle in mediating genetic susceptibility to obesity · Dr. Louis Pérusse
  • DR. LOUIS PÉRUSSE
    DR. LOUIS PÉRUSSE
    Université Laval, Canada

Dr. Pérusse is Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the Faculty of Medicine in Laval University, Québec. He is a genetic epidemiologist with more than 30 years of research experience in the field of the genetics of complex diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Pérusse is a member of the Nutrition Santé et Société (NUTRISS) Research Center at the Institute of Nutrition Functional Foods (INAF) of Laval University and President of the International Society of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics (ISNN). He is the author of more than 650 papers and communications in the field of genetics of obesity and its related-metabolic complications and of adaptation to exercise training.

17:15 - 19:00 Session 1
Nutrigenetics and epigenetics in health and disease · Chairs: Dr. Fermín I. Milagro/Dr. Alhelí Hernández Tobías
17:15 - 17:35
Nutrigenetics and epigenetics in precision diet interventions · Dr. Lu Qi
  • DR. LU QI
    DR. LU QI
    Tulane University, United States

Dr. Lu Qi obtained a medical degree in China and PhD at Tufts University in the United States. He is now HCA Regents Distinguished Chair and Professor of Epidemiology in Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Director of Tulane Personalized Health Institute, and Director of Tulane University Obesity Research Center. He is also Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. His research focuses on nutritional epidemiology, nutrigenomics and nutrigenetics of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Qi’s current h-index is 103 (by June. 2022). Dr. Qi is a fellow of American Heart Association (FAHA), American College of Nutrition (FACN), and The Obesity Society (FOS).

17:35 – 17:55
Folic acid intake and methylation status of genes associated to risk of cardiopathies · Dr. Laura Elia Martínez Garza
  • DR. LAURA ELIA MARTÍNEZ GARZA
    DR. LAURA ELIA MARTÍNEZ GARZA
    Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Dr. Martínez Garza is the head of the department of Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine, Autonomous University of Nuevo León. Her research areas of interest are:

  1. Study for the gene-nutritional-interaction in the development of diseases.
  2. Neural tube defects and folate deficiency.
  3. Inborn errors of metabolism.

Member of the National Researchers System (SNI) Level 2.

She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and has mentored over 36 PhD candidates.

17:55 – 18:15
Epigenetics and Mediterranean diet · Prof. J. Alfredo Martínez
  • PROF. J. ALFREDO MARTÍNEZ
    PROF. J. ALFREDO MARTÍNEZ
    IMDEA Food, Research Institute on Food & Health Sciences, Spain

Prof. Martínez holds a PhD in Nutrition, as well as a PhD in Pharmacy and Medicine. He is currently the director of the Precision Nutrition Program in IMDEA Food and has been involved in reference European projects such as DIOGENES, SEAFOODplus NUGENOB, FOOD4ME, STOP PREVIEW and SWEET. Prof. Martínez has supervised more than 75 PhD students and published more than 850 peer reviewed articles in the field of Nutrition and Obesity (H Index > 75), including Precision Nutrition omics. Currently, Prof J. Alfredo Martínez is the president of the International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS) and has been awarded with numerous prizes including the Hipócrates or the Dupont awards.

18:15 – 18:35
Virtual - Personalised nutrition and nutrigenetics - unpacking the evidence · Dr. Katherine Livingstone
  • DR. KATHERINE LIVINGSTONE
    DR. KATHERINE LIVINGSTONE
    Deakin University, Australia

Dr. Livingstone is an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow and senior research fellow in the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) at Deakin University in Australia. She is a domain coordinator for IPAN’s Food, Nutrition and Health research domain. Katherine leads a research program in dietary patterns and cardiometabolic health, with a particular focus on designing personalized nutrition approaches. She has multi-disciplinary expertise in nutritional epidemiology, behavioral nutrition, biochemistry and human interventions. Prior to moving to Australia in 2015, Katherine worked in the UK as a research associate on the Food4Me project, a pan-European proof-of-principle trial of personalized nutrition. 

18:35 – 19:00
Questions

Day 2 - Friday, November 18th

8:00 - 09:00
Parallel networking sessions about Nutrigenetics & Nutrigenomics in Iberoamerican countries(by invitation) · Dr. Zacarías Jiménez
  • Dr. Zacarías Jiménez
9:00 - 10:40 Session 2
Nutrigenomics in health and disease · Chairs: Dr. Chandan Prasad/Dr. Elizabeth Tejero
9:00 - 9:20
FMO3 gene as regulator of TMAO levels in cardiovascular disease · Dr. Tania Aguilar López
  • DR. TANIA AGUILAR LÓPEZ
    DR. TANIA AGUILAR LÓPEZ
    Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico

Dr. Aguilar has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at the Autonomous University of Querétaro. She has conducted research on zinc and its relationship to inflammation, as well as on the association between gut microbiota and chronic diseases. She was Research Coordinator of the Kellogg’s Institute of Nutrition and Health where she designed and executed various Symposia and Scientific meetings. She has been an independent consultant for several companies in the food industry (Kellogg Company, Tate & Lyle, and Pepsico Health and Nutrition Sciences). Her professional career has focused on communication and the dissemination of science. She’s a member of the CONACYT Network for the Treatment and Prevention of Obesity.

9:20 - 9:40
A transcriptomic investigation of omega-3 fatty acid metabolism in mouse adipocytes uncovers a novel role for Δ-6 desaturase. · Dr. David Mutch
  • DR. DAVID MUTCH
    DR. DAVID MUTCH
    University of Guelph, Canada

Dr. Mutch leads a nutrigenomics research program that investigates how fatty acid-gene interactions contribute to the development of obesity and obesity-related complications. Using animal models, cell culture and human trials, his research program has uncovered that fatty acid desaturase (FADS) genes are not only important for the synthesis of omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids but also influence overall cardiometabolic health. This has prompted his team to investigate if knowledge of FADS genes can be used to personalize omega-3 dietary habits to improve an individual’s health and well-being. His ultimate goal is to use this knowledge to improve omega-3 dietary intake in the Canadian population.

9:40 - 10:00
Are genetic tests useful in nutrigenomics? · Dr. Daniel Campos
  • DR. DANIEL CAMPOS
    DR. DANIEL CAMPOS
    Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico

Dr. Campos Acevedo is a physician working in Monterrey City. He is graduate of National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Specialist in medical genetics by Autonomous University of Nuevo León (UANL). In 2016 obtained his PhD in medicine at UANL. He is Professor of the School of Medicine and Hospital University “José Eleuterio Gonzalez” of UANL.

10:00 - 10:20
Virtual - Genetic variation underlying the differential response to sugar-sweetened beverage intake · Dr. Saroja Voruganti
  • DR. SAROJA VORUGANTI
    DR. SAROJA VORUGANTI
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

Dr. Saroja Voruganti is an Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC (UNC). She is also the Director of Human Research Core at UNC Nutrition Research Institute and Co-Director of Precision Nutrition Core at UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center. She received her PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin and conducted her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genetic Epidemiology at Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio, TX. At UNC, she is researching to determine the genetic factors that affect the responses to diet/nutrients and affect the risk for neurodegenerative diseases in diverse ethnic populations.

10:20 - 10:40
Questions
10:40 - 11:30
Break
Poster presentations
11:30 - 13:10 Session 3
Metabolomics in health and disease · Chairs: Dr. Juan Toro-Martín / Dr. Alexandra Tijerina
11:30 - 11:50
The first 1000 days as an opportunity for interventions to prevent childhood obesity in the offspring of women with gestatioinal obesity · Dr. Paola Casanello
  • DR. PAOLA CASANELLO
    DR. PAOLA CASANELLO
    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

Dr. Casanello is Full Professor (2022) at the School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). She graduated as a Midwife (1996), specialized in Perinatology (2000), and MSc in Physiology (2003) at the U. Concepción, Chile. In 2007 obtained her PhD in Physiological Sciences at PUC. WOS-ResearcherID X-7443-2019; pcasane@uc.cl

11:50 - 12:10
Characterization of metabotypes in children using metabolomics · Dr. Felipe Vadillo
  • DR. FELIPE VADILLO
    DR. FELIPE VADILLO
    Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genómica, Mexico

Dr. Vadillo Ortega is a physician-scientist working in Mexico City. He is a graduate of UNAM and Specialist in Biology of Reproduction. He is an MD/PhD (Biochemistry) who has made contributions to obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine and nutrition in pregnancy. He is Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Adjunct Professor of the School of Public Health of the University of Michigan. He held postdoctoral positions at University of Pennsylvania and Oregon Health Sciences University. He worked for more than 20 years at the National Institute of Perinatology and now he was appointed as Head of the UNAM Branch at Genomic Medicine Institute in Mexico City.

He has published more than 190 peer-reviewed papers and have mentored over 120 graduate students, post-graduate students, Master’s students, and PhD candidates.

 

12:10 - 12:30
Clinical, metabolomic and proteomic data integration to accurately diagnose diabetic kidney disease · Dr. Laura del Bosque Plata
  • DR. LAURA DEL BOSQUE PLATA
    DR. LAURA DEL BOSQUE PLATA
    Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genómica, Mexico
12:30 - 12:50
Virtual – Metabolomics, type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease: results from the PREDIMED trial · Dr Miguel Ruiz Canela
  • DR. MIGUEL RUIZ CANELA
    DR. MIGUEL RUIZ CANELA
    Universidad de Navarra, Spain

Dr. Ruiz-Canela is Professor and Chair of the Preventive Medicine and Public Health department at the University of Navarra. He has completed his Ph.D. at the University of Navarra and Master’s Degree on Public Health in the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research is focused on the relationship between diet and healthy cooking with chronic diseases. He is co-PI of the PREDIMAR randomized trial, a nutritional intervention study on secondary prevention of atrial fibrillation funded by the Spanish NIH. He is also co-PI of a project on “Dietary Interventions, Metabolites, and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes” funded by the NIH.

12:50 - 13:10
Questions
13:10 - 14:30
Lunch
13:10 - 14:30
Meeting Board ISNN (in-person and virtual - by invitation)
14:30 - 15:30
Oral communications · Dr. Ana Gabriela Aguilar Lozano

Rebeca Rosas Campos, Mexico

Moringa Oleifera improves MAFLD by inducing epigenetic modifications in a murine model of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis

E. Gauthier, Canada

Comparison of weighted and unweighted genetic risk scores predicting the plasma triglyceride responsiveness to an omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.

Diego García Díaz, Chile

The pro-thermogenic effects of Berberis Microphylla (Calafate) extract in mice fed a high-fat diet are dependent on the presence of gut microbiota.

Zacarías Jimenez, Mexico

SNPs of ABCA1 (rs9282541) and PPARgamma (rs1801282) genes are related with serum lipid profile in adult women from Mexico.

Guiomar Masip, Canada

Plant-based dietary patterns, genetic susceptibility and cardiometabolic traits in the CARTaGENE Biobank.

15:30 - 16:00
Sponsored conference NutriADN. Multiomics and Nutrition: the future is now · Dr. Santiago March Mifsut
  • Dr. Santiago March (NutriADN)
    Dr. Santiago March (NutriADN)
15:00 - 16:00
Parallel networking sessions about Nutrigenetics & Nutrigenomics capabilities (by invitation) · Dr. Chandan Prassad
  • Dr. Chandan Prassad
    Dr. Chandan Prassad

Chandan Prasad, graduated from Louisiana State University in 1970 with a Ph.D. in Microbiology/Biochemistry. After 8 years at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, as Fogerty fellow and senior staff fellow, he returned to New Orleans in 1978 to join the faculty of the LSU School of Medicine. He served LSU School of Medicine as professor (medicine and neuroscience) and vice chairman (research) at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He also served Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University as its first Chair of the Nutrition and Brain Program. In 2006, he joined Texas Woman’s University and served the university as Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition (2006-2012), Interim Assistant Provost for Research (2012-2014) and Professor of Nutrition (2006-2020). The current focus of Dr. Prasad’s research is on inflammation and the role of dietary supplements in obesity, diabetes, and nutrition. He has authored/edited 5 books and published over 220 articles. He holds four U.S. and international patents for treatment of obesity and alcoholism. He was founding editor of Nutritional Neuroscience and currently serves as editor-in-chief of Current topics in Nutraceutical Research. He also serves as series editor for Nutrition, Brain, and Behavior. He is married to Shail Prasad, M.A. and has three sons---Anand Prasad, B.S., M.D.; Amit Prasad, B.S., M.D.; and Anoop Prasad, B.S., J. D.

16:00 - 17:00
Cultural event

UANL Folfloric Ballet
(Compañía Titular de Danza Folklórica UANL)

Day 3 - Saturday, November 19th

9:00 - 10:40 Session 4
Metagenomics in health and disease · Chairs: Dr. Louis Pérusse / Dr. Ulises de la Cruz
9:00 - 9:20
Gut metagenomic information in the implementation of precision nutrition · Dr. Fermín I. Milagro
  • DR. FERMÍN I. MILAGRO
    DR. FERMÍN I. MILAGRO
    Universidad de Navarra, Spain

Dr. Milagro is a researcher at the Center for Nutrition Research of the University of Navarra (Spain). He leads the research line in Precision Nutrition, which studies the influence of nutrigenetics, epigenetics, non-coding RNAs and gut microbiota on obesity and its comorbidities. He has published more than 250 scientific articles (H index of 49) and supervised 13 doctoral theses.

9:20 - 9:40
Gut microbiome and metabolic health in school age children: perspectives for dietary interventions · Dr. Sofía Moran
  • DR. SOFÍA MORAN
    DR. SOFÍA MORAN
    Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genómica, Mexico

Dr. Moran holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and an MSc in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Chemistry of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and part of the UNAM branch at the National Institute of Genomic Medicine in Mexico City. Her research focus is on the effects of diet on the gut microbiota composition and functionality and how the latter influence the metabolism of dietary components and its influence on metabolic health.

9:40 - 10:00
Gut microbiota pathways to cardiovascular disease in population-based studies · Dr. Katie Meyer
  • DR. KATIE MEYER
    DR. KATIE MEYER
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

Dr. Katie Meyer is a nutritional and cardiovascular disease epidemiologist. Her research focuses on diet-related health behaviors and nutritional risk factors for cardiometabolic disease. She is a recent recipient of a Research Scientist Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to study the gut microbiome, nutrient metabolites, and cardiovascular disease in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study (CARDIA).

10:00 - 10:20
Virtual - Precision nutrition based on metabolic phenotype in the prevention of chronic metabolic diseases · Prof. Ellen Blaak
  • PROF. ELLEN BLAAK
    PROF. ELLEN BLAAK
    Maastricht University, Netherlands

Prof. Blaak is Professor of Physiology of fat metabolism at the Department of Human Biology since 2007 and is Chair of the Department of Human Biology. Her research focuses on the role of disturbances in fatty acid metabolism and interorgan cross-talk (gut-adipose tissue-muscle metabolism) in the etiology of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus (>225 publ) as well as the impact of nutritional or lifestyle intervention to reverse these changes. Besides being professor at Maastricht University, she is project leader within the Top Institute Food and Nutrition, a public-private partnership of academia and international Food Industry, focused on precompetitive research. She is member of the Nutrition committee of the Dutch Health Council and of several advisory board/grant evaluation committees. She is Secretary of the European Association for the Study of Obesity. She obtained funding from among others the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research/Dutch Diabetes Research Foundation/EU as a PI for more than 25 research projects and has supervised more than 25 PhD theses.

10:20 - 10:40
Questions
10:40 - 11:30
Break
10:40 - 11:30
Poster presentations
11:30 - 13:10 Session 5
Foodomics and personalized nutrition · Chairs: Marie-Claude Vohl / Dr. Barbara Vizmanos
11:30 - 11:50
Designing effective nutraceutical combinations against chronic degenerative diseases · Dr. Daniel Alberto Jacobo Velázquez
  • DR. DANIEL ALBERTO JACOBO VELÁZQUEZ
    DR. DANIEL ALBERTO JACOBO VELÁZQUEZ
    Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Dr. Jacobo-Velázquez obtained the B.Sc. in Food Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey in 2004, and the Master of Science in Biotechnology from the same institution in 2007. He obtained the Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from Texas A&M University in 2010.

He was research professor (2010-2018), director of the program for research and innovation for undergrad students (Cátedra i4, 2013-2015), and Director of the Regional Department of Bioengineering (Western Region) of Tecnológico de Monterrey (2017-2019). Also, he was General Director of Science and Technological Development in the State of Jalisco, México (2019-2021). He is currently Division Director of the School of Engineering and Science at Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Research Professor at the department of bioengineering.

Daniel Jacobo is part of the National System of Researchers (SNI, level 2) and a Regular Member of the Mexican Academy of Science.

His research line is focused into the application of postharvest abiotic stresses (i.e., UV light, ultrasound, wounding stress, phytohormones, modified atmospheres) to increase the health-promoting properties of fruits and vegetables; and to modify the functional properties of plant tissues that can be transformed into novel ingredients with applications in the food industry.

11:50 - 12:10
Virtual - miRNAs and extracellular vesicles from diet as novel players for personalization · Dr. Alberto Dávalos
  • DR. ALBERTO DÁVALOS
    DR. ALBERTO DÁVALOS
    IMDEA Food, Research Institute on Food & Health Sciences, Spain

Dr. Dávalos is head of the laboratory of Epigenetics of Lipid Metabolism at IMDEA Food Institute (Madrid, Spain). His research program focuses in identifying and characterizing new noncoding RNAs (miRNAs, lncRNAs and other type of regulatory RNAs) that regulate lipid metabolism and their regulation by diet. His team is developing novel circulating biomarkers (based on epigenetics) for cardiometabolic diseases and the incorporation of epigenetic data on Precision Nutrition approaches. He has published more than 120 scientific articles (H Index of 39) and conducted his research at Yale University (CT, USA), New York University (NY, USA), INSERM UMR1011 (Lille, France) and CSIC (Madrid, Spain).

12:10 - 12:30
Calafate (Berberis microphylla), a Chilean native berry: is it suitable to consider it for personalized nutritional approaches regarding obesity? · Dr. Diego García Díaz
  • DR. DIEGO GARCÍA DÍAZ
    DR. DIEGO GARCÍA DÍAZ
    Universidad de Chile, Chile
12:30 - 12:50
Virtual - Biological age and diet: measuring the impact of lifestyle on epigenetics · Dr. Rosita Gabbianelli
  • DR. ROSITA GABBIANELLI
    DR. ROSITA GABBIANELLI
    University of Camerino, Italy

Dr. Gabbianelli, is Full Professor of Biochemistry at University of Camerino, Italy. She obtained her PhD in Biology at the University of Camerino in 1997. After the PhD she carried out research activities at the Department of Biology of the University of Warwick, UK, at the Department of General Biophysics, University of Lodz, Poland, at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain and at the Department of Biotechnology, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. Her research field includes studies on the interplay between early life exposome and long-term effect on health, and the nutrigenomic strategies to counterbalance molecular damage. She is visiting professor in Biochemistry at Jilin Agriculture University, Changchun, (China) and visiting Professor in Nutrigenomics, at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napooca, Romania, at the ISS-ISEP, Porto, Portugal, at the Hanoi University of Pharmacy, Vietnam, and Quy Nhon University, QNU, Vietnam. Co-author of over 130 peer-reviewed publications, 4 chapters of books and 138 communications at international meetings. She has supervised more of 90 bachelors/master degree/PhD students. She is editorial board member of several journals on health. She is Italian MC member of the Cost Action DEVoTION, PhysAgeNet and HyperChildNET (MC SUB), member of the International Society of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics, NUGO, SIB and Chair of the Scientific and Organizing Committee of the European Summer School on Nutrigenomics.

12:50 - 13:10
Questions
Closing ceremony
13:10 – 13:40
The application of omics in nutrition. Present and future · Dr. Elizabeth Tejero
  • DR. ELIZABETH TEJERO
    DR. ELIZABETH TEJERO
    Instituto Nacional de Medicina Genómica, Mexico

Dr. Tejeros’ background is nutrition and food science. She initiated her work on genomics of obesity and related conditions, exploring the complexity of nutrient-gene interactions, and their relevance for human health. She is currently working at the Nutrigenomics and Nutrigenetics Laboratory at the National Institute of Genomic Medicine, in Mexico City. Her research is on the effects of genetic variation on the response to dietary compounds and risk factors for chronic diseases. She also investigates the regulation of gene expression by nutrients and bioactive compounds, including fatty acids and polyphenols.

 

13:40 – 14:00
Final remarks · Dr. Louis Pérusse / Dr. Elizabeth Tejero / Dr. Alfredo Martínez

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