Diet-related chronic disease affects millions of individuals globally and the prevalence continues to increase. Poor diet is responsible for more deaths than tobacco, high blood pressure, or any other risk factor. However, there is considerable variability among individuals in their responses to foods and diets based on individual biological factors and environmental exposures.
Precision nutrition is an evolving science that recognizes not all people react the same way to nutrition exposures. The goal of precision nutrition is to optimize dietary exposures to improve human health. Successful implementation of precision nutrition requires a systems-level understanding of human physiological networks, their placidity, variations in response to dietary exposures, and the ability to classify population subgroups with respect to their nutritional needs.
The diet-disease relationship is highly heterogeneous among individuals, due to differences in genetics, epigenetics, the microbiome, as well as various non-nutritive environmental exposures, including exercise. Needed are next generation biomarkers of nutrition and chronic disease that can classify individuals who are at risk of diet-related chronic disease, and that quantify the dose-response relationships among individual or groups of interacting nutrients in disease onset and progression. Precision nutrition science is essential to tailor nutrient- and food-based recommendations and scientifically grounded guidance for optimal dietary intakes.
The goal of this meeting is to bring together diverse topics and divergent research fields to create new ideas and more fully understand the breadth and scope of research needed to actualize precision nutrition.
This unique 4-day format brings together experts in nutrition, metabolomics, systems biology, and computer science who otherwise would not interact to advance our fundamental understanding of biological networks, their dynamics, changes with age and interactions with nutrients. Conference speakers will span the translational research spectrum from basic, clinical, and population level research to address how precision nutrition research can improve human health and reduce disease risk. Through invited talks, poster sessions, flash talks, attendees will have ample opportunity to network with scientists.