Second International Nutrigenomics Symposium: “Diet, Genomics and Health”

Sep 30, 2011

Mexico City, Mexico

The goal is to strengthen and promote in Mexico, the development of a nutrigenomic platform which contributes to the population’s wellness.

Nutrigenomics Symposium, Mexico NUTRIGENOMICS SYMPOSIUM: Peter Van Bladeren, Director of Nestlé Research Center.

The National Institute of Genomic Medicine (INMEGEN), Mexico’s leading body in the field of genomic medicine, and Nestlé, the world's leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness company, proudly announced one of the most outstanding academic programmes in genomics: The Second International Nutrigenomics Symposium: “Diet, Genomics and Health”, held from September 29th to 30th in Mexico City.

During this symposium, some of the world’s most recognized experts will talk about topics related to chronic conditions, such as obesity, diabetes mellitus type 2, high blood pressure and cancer. These conditions have a strong link to genetics. During the event, experts will discuss diet and how it has been known for many years to play a key role in the development of these chronic conditions, which affect a substantial and growing number of people in Mexico and worldwide, and which have high financial and social consequences. The importance of nutrigenomics research in identifying links between diet and human genetic variability, and thereafter in the development of nutrition-based strategies to prevent or to help manage these complex health conditions, will be discussed.

Researchers from INMEGEN and the Nestlé Research Center, in Switzerland, will participate in this symposium, together with other renowned leaders in the field.

“We are delighted to partner with INMEGEN, not only in hosting this symposium, but also in our nutrigenomics research programme. Nutrigenomics is paving the way for finding new biomarkers that will ultimately help consumers to optimize their diets for Nutrition, Health and Wellness”, informed Peter Van Bladeren, Director of the Nestlé Research Center.

Francisco Xavier Soberon Maneiro, Head of INMEGEN, said that “public-private efforts have a key role for scientific development in the country, and can lead to preventive medical practices”.

This symposium will allow the participants to learn more about the advances in nutrigenomics, and it will also provide the opportunity to establish collaborations and networking with other institutions. Furthermore, this symposium will serve as a source of inspiration for the younger audience, whose work is fundamental for developing nutrigenomics for the benefit of people worldwide.

The Second International Nutrigenomics Symposium: “Diet, Genomics and Health” will be inaugurated by Salomon Chertorivski Woldenberg, Minister of Health in Mexico, Xavier Soberon Maneiro, Director of INMEGEN, Juan Carlos Marroquin Cuesta, CEO of Nestlé Mexico, and Peter Van Bladeren, Director of the Nestlé Research Center.

For further information about the Nutrigenomics symposium, together with the programme, click onto the Nutrigenomica symposium website.

To read the news release in Spanish, visit the Nestlé Corporate website.

About National Institute of Genomic Medicine (INMEGEN) INMEGEN was created in 2004 as the eleventh National Health Institute. It is a national and international leader in scientific research of Mexican people´s genomic structure and their epidemiological needs. Its aim is to contribute to the achievement of a personalized medical practice, predictive, preventive and participative. INMEGEN is responsible of training researchers and students of excellence, in the main areas of genomic medicine, the publication of research work, the development of specialized services and the impulse of scientific and technological development in Mexico. All of the activities undertaken by the INMEGEN regarding Human Rights and the protection of personal information in the research and application of genomic medicine, focusing on the dignity and integrity of the people they help. For further information, please visit the INMEGEN website.

About Nestlé and Nestlé Mexico

Nestlé is a worldwide leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness. It employs more than 280,000 people, has 443 factories in 81 countries, 29 R&D Centers worldwide, and its products are sold globally. For more information, visit the Nestlé Corporate website.

With more than 80 years in Mexico, Nestlé is also the leading Nutrition Company in Mexico, with the support of 29 global Research Centers, 14 factories and 16 distribution centers in Mexico, which create more than 6,500 direct jobs. Nestlé upholds its strategy of Creating Shared Value by generating tangible benefits for the Mexican people, promoting quality in its food-based products and basing its growth on the promotion of Nutrition, Health and Wellness with products designed for different stages of life and which help consumers to take care of themselves no matter their age. Visit the Nestlé Mexico website.

About the Nestlé Research Center The Nestlé Research Center is a leading research establishment in food, nutrition and life sciences. Based on Nestlé’s research emphasis, Nestlé Science & Research builds strategic alliances with leading scientific institutions in the world to bring a full breadth of knowledge to its nutrition, health and wellness research. Its researchers come from a broad range of scientific competencies who, together with external collaborators worldwide, are central to fulfilling Nestlé’s ambition to be recognized as the world’s leading Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company. Nestlé focuses on consumer health benefits, and has a multidisciplinary approach to science and research. This encompasses diverse scientific disciplines such as life sciences, food technology, nutrigenomics and sociology. Learn more about the Nestlé Research Center.