Interaction Between Nutrition and Genetics May Lead to Dietary Interventions for Heart Disease

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Tufts University expert updates national audience.

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WHAT: During the 20th century, nutritional scientists focused their efforts on identifying the essential nutrients and deficiencies of a wide variety of products, from whole wheat bread to eggs to dietary supplements. Their discoveries led to universal recommendations for US consumers, which included recommendations for low cholesterol products, consumption of omega-3 fatty acid rich fish, and the creation of the U.S. government’s food pyramid.

In the first few years of the 21st century, nutritional experts have turned their attentions to the interaction between nutrition and human genetics, an emerging science known as nutrigenomics. It is hoped that in the very near future, scientists and food processors will be able to develop foods that enhance the anti-aging process, or can impede the development of certain types of disease by using food strategies tailored to individual genetic makeup.

Many believe that certain genes offer a propensity for an individual to have osteoporosis, cancer, or cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in America. As a result, a great deal of attention has been paid to potential nutritional strategies that can inhibit or eliminate the disease. Jose Ordovas, Ph.D., is among the nation’s foremost sleuths in uncovering the complex interaction between nutrition, physiology and the biochemical pathways of the heart. His work focuses on controlling these processes in order to achieve the maximum life expectancy and highest quality of life for us all those at risk for heart disease.

WHY: Nutrigenomics is an emerging science with tremendous promise, and has tremendous implications for the public.

WHO: Tufts University researcher Jose Ordovas, Ph.D., is a renowned researcher in nutrigenomics, and the Director of Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory, at Tufts University. He is also a founding member of the Center for Emerging Issues in Science, Life Sciences Research Office (LSRO), Bethesda, MD. Dr. Ordovas is an invited speaker at the upcoming NutriCon Conference, being held March 22-24, 2006 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA. The conference is the annual gathering for food formulators, research and development food scientists, and brand managers.

WHEN: March 22-24, 2006, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.

CONTACT: Donna Krupa @ 703.527.7357 office; 703.967.2751 (cell)

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