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[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – The impact of nutrition on human health ripples down to the genetic level, bringing new meaning to the old adage “you are what you eat.” With insights through the study of nutrigenomics, or nutrition’s influence at the gene level, consumers are now tasked to feed their genes to achieve long-term wellness. Alltech will deliver several sessions addressing the science behind human nutrition and the future of food during GLIMPSE 2020: the 29th Annual International Symposium in Lexington, Ky., May 19-22.
The human nutrition sessions include:
New in 2013, Alltech International Symposium delegates will have the opportunity to select breakout session tracks. These tracks, as opposed to traditional species or subject breakouts, will offer attendees a more holistic experience in which they take part in discussions ranging from algae and agriculture’s carbon footprint to nutrition and marketing.
“Insights through the science of nutrigenomics are connecting the dots of nutrition and longevity at the most basic level of human make-up,” said Dr. Kate Jacques, Alltech’s director of nutrition. “Today we are looking at how nutrition affects the expression of our genes – we want to feed our bodies to up-regulate key genes.”
This year Alltech will award its annual Medal of Excellence to a major contributor in the field of nutrigenomics. Dr. Eugenia Wang, a professor at the University of Louisville, will be honored for her work in microRNA in both the U.S. and China. MircoRNA are a special class of small RNA molecules that influence how the basic genetic code is converted into functional proteins. Dr. Wang is studying how the expression of microRNA points to implications for human health, with potential to find nutrigenomic solutions for diseases such as obesity, cancer and diabetes. She will receive the Medal of Excellence and speak on “The Border Between Science and Magic” during the opening session Monday, May 20, at 9 a.m. in the Lexington Convention Center.
“When Watson and Crick discovered DNA, the world changed. Today it is not DNA that is at the cutting edge, nor is it the RNA message derived from the DNA. It is microRNA,” said Karl Dawson, chief scientific officer, Alltech. “Regardless of the genetic makeup, these newly discovered tiny pieces of RNA dictate how genes will function throughout an animal’s life, and Dr. Eugenia Wang is one of America’s and China’s finest scientists in this field of study.”
Registration for Alltech’s 29th Annual International Symposium is open now and available for an early discount price of $599 until April 25 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Standard registration after April 25 will be $850. Two paid registrations from a single company or organization will receive a third registration free of charge. Delegates who are members of ARPAS and AAVSB can also earn CEUs.
Attendees are encouraged to register early as space is limited. Of the nearly 3,000 international delegates who attended the 2012 Alltech International Symposium, 97 percent indicated that they plan to attend again.