Friday, May 5 | 9:30 – 11:00 am (Pacific Time) | Breakout Session

Recent Advances and Controversies in Genetic Testing for Precision Nutrition

with Ahmed El-Sohemy, Ph.D

Presentation description:

There is increasing awareness among researchers, educators, healthcare professionals and consumers that the one-size-fits-all, population-based approach to nutritional guidance is inefficient and sometimes ineffective. Genetic differences can explain why some people respond differently from others to the same foods, beverages and supplements they consume, and studies show that giving DNA-based dietary advice is superior to population-based recommendations for improving compliance. With increasing consumer awareness and demand for genetic testing, there is a need for nutrition professionals to have sufficient knowledge to understand the science behind these tests, and determine the benefits and limitations of both the science and the testing.

About The Speaker

Dr. Ahmed El-Sohemy is a Professor and Associate Chair at the University of Toronto. He is also the Founder of Nutrigenomix Inc., serves as Chief Science Officer and is Chair of the company’s International Science Advisory Board. He obtained his PhD from the University of Toronto and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard. Dr. El-Sohemy has published in the top scientific and medical journals and has given over 300 invited talks around the world. Dr. El-Sohemy is the recipient of several awards for research excellence by the Canadian Nutrition Society, the American College of Nutrition, and the American Nutrition Association.