DNAFit’s Scientific Advisory Board Welcomes Fitness Genetics Expert

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Expert nutrigeneticist Dr. Grimaldi joins leading personal genetics company DNAFit

DNAFit presents a product suite that is underpinned by extensive research and clinical expertise.

Nutrigeneticist Dr. Keith Anthony Grimaldi has joined the Scientific Advisory Board of DNAFit – the world’s fastest growing DNA diet and fitness company.

Dr. Grimaldi’s appointment to the board comes as DNAFit seeks to broaden its academic links internationally, particularly where they relate to consumer technologies.

Dr. Grimaldi is a well established geneticist in the field of consumer genetics and has a wealth of experience in DNA testing for sports performance. After completing his PhD at Cambridge and setting up US public company iPIX’s European subsidiary, Dr. Grimaldi worked as the Chief Scientist for Sciona, the world’s first personal genetics company where he was specifically responsible for developing consumer products. He later joined the Laboratory of Biomedical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens where he works on several EU projects, including Eurogene and food4me.org. Most recently, Dr. Grimaldi founded Eurogenetica Ltd, a B2B service focused on personal genetics for health and well-being.

Dr. Grimaldi is expected to bring his extensive experience to bear as the company consolidates its position as a leading force in DNA testing for sports of all disciplines.

Speaking of his appointment, Dr. Grimaldi said:
“DNAFit presents a product suite that is underpinned by extensive research and clinical expertise. Working with the management team, we hope to further increase our pool of collected genetic data to expand our commercial offering to transform the fitness market and usher in a new era of elite training in the Europe and beyond.”

Speaking of Dr. Grimaldi’s appointment, DNAFit’s CEO Avi Lasarow said:
“We are delighted to welcome Keith to the team. He brings with him academic excellence and proven track record in the field of personal genetics. We believe that his appointment will assist the company to further advance its clinical credentials and reinforce our position as a market leader.”

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About DNAFit Tests
DNAFit tests for genes in three categories that relate to sporting performance: 1) Power and Endurance, 2) Injury Risk and 3) Recovery.

1) The Power and Endurance section tests genes that code for physiological factors such as circulation, blood pressure control, strength, cardio-pulmonary capacity, mitochondrial synthesis, muscle fibre type specialisation, muscle fibre hypertrophy, cardiac output, muscle metabolism and adaptability to training regimes. It is now more than a decade since the first gene was identified as an indicator of sporting performance (Montgomery et al 1998).

This gene, ACE, has now been extensively studied and been shown to be predictive of endurance or power-oriented performance. Numerous other genes have also been studied and according to Ahmetov & Rogozkin (2009), 36 genetic markers have been associated with endurance and power athlete status.

Thirteen such genetic variants have been included in the DNAFit test: they have been identified as those with high scientific credibility and which can make a difference to the training and lifestyle intervention of an athlete, based on knowledge of his/her genes.

2) The Injury Risk section examines genes that are involved in the structural integrity of soft tissues in the body. Certain polymorphisms implicate predisposition to tendon injuries (including Achilles Tendonitis), plus ligament, cartilage and bone pathology.

Acute and overuse musculoskeletal injuries are often the reason for the limited development or early demise of many athletic careers. It has been clearly shown, primarily by the work of the Collins Group in Cape Town, that our genes interact with susceptibility to injury particularly of collagenous structures within our connective network of tissues.

By understanding what structural units are most at risk of injury and how to nourish them through appropriate training and nutrition, practitioners can make a meaningful difference to an athlete’s training and competitive experience.

3) The Recovery genes are the best example within this genetic panel of the need to integrate training and nutritional advice when supporting an athlete’s health and fitness. The featured genes consider disposition to inflammation and free radical stress within the body, which may imply the need for more focussed nutritional support, along with extended recoveries between training repetitions and sessions.

Systemic inflammation and oxidative stress that results from heavy training and other lifestyle stresses can greatly affect an athlete’s health and rate of recovery between training bouts and sessions. Knowledge of the genes that code for these two variables can provide athletes with an enormous opportunity to improve their specific health and training responses via nutrition, stress management and nutraceuticals.

Seven genetic variants for injury risk and recovery are tested by DNAFit.

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