Application of Genetics in Precision Nutrition

Application of Genetics in Precision Nutrition
Application of Genetics in Precision Nutrition

Nutritional and lifestyle changes remain at the core of healthy ageing and disease prevention.  To maximize their benefits in health, these changes should be considered in a personalized manner that takes into consideration biological variability among individuals.  

Genetically-guided precision nutrition is opening the way to a new era of more effective healthcare services for increased well-being across all ages, as well as improved management of obesity and related pathologies.

Genetics is transforming dietetics – be part of the change!  Join us in this fascinating course.

Professor of Biology & Genetics, NKUA, Greece
Associate Professor of Pharmacogenomics, NKUA, Greece
Founder and CEO, Embiodiagnostics S.A.
Lecturer in Nutrigenetics and Cardiovascular Health, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Dietitian & Psychologist, President of the Union of Dietitians and Nutritionists of Greece

The course is open to suitably qualified graduates from all over the world, holding Degrees in Medicine, Nutrition & Dietetics, Biology, Biochemistry, Nursing or related fields.

The e-learning course “Application of Genetics in Precision Nutrition” aims to empower participants to comprehend and utilize genetic information towards targeted personalized nutritional advice. Leading experts on Genetics, Nutrition and Obesity from Greece and the UK, will share their knowledge, experience, advice and insights on key aspects of precision nutrition. This unique and innovative online course provides insight into all the latest developments in the fields of nutrigenetics, genetics of eating behavior and nutrient-microbiome interactions with a strong emphasis on translating this knowledge to practical nutritional and lifestyle advice.

It is included in the Health category of our University online courses and runs via a user-friendly educational platform.

After successfully completing the course, the participants are awarded a Certificate of Continuing Education.

Applications of Genetics in Precision Nutrition

Lesson 1: Introduction to the science of Nutrigenetics

  • Unit 1.1: Principles of Genetics
  • Unit 1.2: Genetic Epidemiology: Lessons learnt towards precision nutrition
  • Unit 1.3: Gene-nutrient interactions: nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics
  • Unit 1.4: Genetic tests and technologies in genome research

Lesson 2: Genetics and meta-genetics of obesity

  • Unit 2.1: Principles of nutritional assessment
  • Unit 2.2: Genetics of obesity
  • Unit 2.3: Genetics of eating behavior
  • Unit 2.4: Microbiome and obesity

Lesson 3: Application of Genetics in Precision Nutrition

  • Unit 3.1: Applications of precision nutrition: case studies – Ι
  • Unit 3.2: Applications of precision nutrition: case studies – ΙI
  • Unit 3.3: Applications of precision nutrition: case studies – ΙII
  • Unit 3.4: Drug-nutrient interactions: Pharmacogenetics and Nutrigenetics
  • Unit 3.5: Integrating nutrigenetic information into life coaching

A variety of assessment methods are employed, including exams with multiple choice questions, written essays, and Q/A during the live-streaming lectures. These may differ for each individual unit.

Online and distance training learning at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens offers a new way of combining innovative learning and training techniques with interaction with your tutor and fellow trainees from around the world.

The e-learning course is implemented via a user-friendly educational platform adjusted to the Distance Learning Principles. Courses are structured as weekly online meetings; interaction with the course tutor and other trainees takes place in a digital learning environment. The courses are designed to fit around your schedule; you access the course whenever it is convenient for you, however within the given deadlines.

The whole world becomes your classroom as e-learning can be done on laptops, tablets and phones as a very mobile method. Learning can be done on the train, on a plane or even during your trip to Greece!

The educational platform is a portal that offers access to electronic educational material based on modern distance learning technologies. The computer based nature of training means new technology is being introduced all the time to help trainees engage and learn in a tailored way that will meet their needs. E-learners have access to the educational platform with their personal code number in order to browse all relevant training material and interact with their instructors.

Moreover, an online communication system through own personal e-mail account is available in order to make the process easier and more interactive. Trainees can contact directly their tutors or the administration office of the course and share any concerns or anxieties related to the course in order to make the most of their experience.

Every week e-learners are provided with the relevant material, delivered either in the form of video-lectures, text notes and relevant presentations or as a combination of them. The educational material of the course is uploaded gradually, per educational unit. During the course, important info for the smooth conduct of the educational process, such as timetables for the submission of the exercises are announced on the Announcement section of the platform.

For successful completion of the course the e-learner should have fulfill her/his academic obligations, meaning should have submitted all corresponding assessment exercises and have achieved at least an average of 50% grade in the corresponding tests for each module. The score scale ranges from 0 to 100%. Finally, if the total score on one or more lessons of the course does not exceed 50%, trainees can ask for reassessment.

During the course trainees will be attending a training experience designed by academics and lecturers from the National University of Athens as well as from other Universities, Research Institutes and Cultural organizations around Greece.

Interactivity, flexibility and our long tradition guarantee that learning with us offers a successful and rewarding experience. Finally, access to a large variety of material and online resources available in each unit aims to excite your curiosity and guide you in exploring further your favourite topic. Part of the online material can be downloaded providing the chance to quickly refresh your memory after the completion of the course.