Are your genes influenced by your grandparents’ diet?

Oct 28, 2010
Symposium NUTRITION AND EPIGENETICS: Over 100 scientists and key opinion leaders gathered to discuss the relationship between genes, nutrition and health.

The Nestlé Research Center is hosting its 7th International Nutrition Symposium in Lausanne, 28th – 29th October 2010.

The 2010 Nestlé International Nutrition Symposium once again brings leading scientists together from different academic disciplines, with different points of view, to engage in dialogue about a nutrition issue of global importance. This year the spotlight is on Epigenetics, drawing together some of the world’s leading molecular scientists from around the world.

Epigenetics is the study of how genetic information is expressed and inherited. Genes are expressed differently in response to environmental factors, including diet and physical activity. The way that genes are expressed determines an individual’s physical and emotional characteristics, including health and wellbeing. Importantly, these environment-induced characteristics can be passed on to subsequent generations. For example, a person’s health can be influenced by their mother’s diet during pregnancy, or even by their grandparents’ diet.

The way that foods affect gene expression, today and in future generations, raises numerous questions for food companies, and is of great relevance for their research and product development programmes. Therefore, the topic of Nutrition and Epigenetics is fundamentally important to Nestlé.

Grandmother and Granddaughter NESTLÉ INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION SYMPOSIUM: Leading scientists discuss genes, nutrition and health.

During this two-day symposium, over 100 invited scientists and key opinion leaders will discuss the relationship between genes, nutrition and health.

On the first day the speakers are Emma Whitelaw, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Randy Jirtle, Duke University, Paolo Sassone-Corsi, UC Irvine, Wolf Reik, The Brabraham Institute, Joseph R Ecker, Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

On the second day, the speakers are Sir John Gurdon, Cambridge University, Catherine Dulac, Harvard University, Stephen J Suomi, National Institute of Health, Patrick Stover, Cornell University, Sir Peter Gluckman, The University of Auckland.

Nestlé speakers at the symposium include Paul Bulcke, CEO, Nestlé S.A. and Werner Bauer, CTO, Nestlé S.A.

The Nestlé International Nutrition Symposia are held annually, the present one being the 7th in the series, and attendance is by invitation only. However, in the spirit of sharing and openness, Nestlé makes all the symposia freely available to the general public as soon as possible after the event.

An on-demand webcast of the symposium will be available early next week on the Nestlé Research Center website

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Nestlé Corporate Media Relations
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