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[Lexington, Kentucky] - Nutrigenomics, the "science of the future" according to Dr. Karl Dawson, will be the focal point of Alltech's 22nd International Feed Industry Symposium.? Held April 23-26 at the Lexington Civic Center in Lexington, Kentucky, this annual event is expected to attract approximately 1,500 scientific minds from more than 60 countries.? Attendees will gather for three days of scientific lectures, discussion, and networking about the latest findings in animal science.
The theme "Delivering on the Nutrigenomics Promise" highlights Alltech's commitment to this emerging science.? Nutrigenomics is the study of the relationship between diet and gene expression.
"Nutrigenomics is truly creating our future.? It is at the very heart of scientific innovation in nutrition, and it enables us to understand at the most fundamental level how nutrients can effect animal performance," explains Dr. Dawson, Alltech's director of worldwide research.
Kentucky Governor Dr. Ernie Fletcher is the keynote speaker at this year's meeting.? His talk, "Biotechnology, the new cash crop from Kentucky," will focus on how government - specifically the Commonwealth of Kentucky - and private companies can work together to build knowledge-based industries.
Alltech will also present the annual Medal of Excellence award.? This year's recipient is Dr. Peter Ferket from North Carolina State University.? Dr. Ferket will speak on "[h]ow the European ban on antibiotic-based growth promotion is a blessing in disguise - both for humans and animals."? Dr. Ferket is known around the world for his research on poultry nutrition.
The three-day conference will be divided into species sessions on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.? These sessions will include the latest scientific findings in the fields of dairy/beef, poultry, pig, equine, pet, aquaculture, and human food nutrition.? Delegates will also participate in breakout sessions, allowing them to network with other delegates from around the world.The meeting will include a poster session with more than 250 scientific posters.? Included among these will be the winning and runner-up posters from Alltech's first annual Young Animal Scientist Award, which will be presented during Tuesday afternoon's session.