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Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics Short-course

‘One-size-fits-all’ nutritional approaches are getting outdated and are being replaced by personalised gene-based nutritional plans. It's time to tailor nutrition to our genes.

This requires a thorough understanding of inter-individual genetic variation and gene-diet interactions at multiple levels to design precision genomic nutritional plans with an aim to promote health and prevent disease.  This course introduces the concept of genetic variant based dietary interventions and the role of nutrient on health via genomic, epigenomic and metagenomic mechanisms. This module is most suitable for individuals with degree in and/or work experience in nutrition and dietetics field. 

As genetic testing becomes more affordable and accessible, the demand of gene tailored diet plans are becoming more realistic. This course aims to provide in-depth knowledge into gene-diet interactions for current and future nutritionists and dieticians. 

Course Content

The course will cover a broad range of topics and some content may change over time to reflect the advances in the field. Some examples of the topics include:
• Nutrient-gene interactions
• Nutrigenetics
• Inborn errors of metabolism e.g. PKU
• MTHFR polymorphism and folate requirements
• Familial Hypercholesterolemia
• Taste receptors and sensory thresholds
• Nutrigenomics & Nutraceuticals
• Natural bioactive compounds
• Epigenetic regulation
• DNA methylation e.g. BPA and folic acid
• miRNA
• Diet & Microbiome

20 credits at level 7

Coursework and Assessment

Assessments are designed to encourage being an independent learner and consolidate your learning. 
You will complete two assessments throughout the course which include a15 minutes oral presentation and a critical review of about 3000 words. The fortnightly live tutorials will be used to provide any support you may need to complete these assessments. 

Course Delivery

The short course is entirely delivered online allowing you the flexibility to fit your learning around your other commitments. There will be fortnightly live online tutorials to address any questions.

How to Apply

For more information please contact the Course Director, Dr Maninder Ahluwalia 
Phone: 02920 205924 

Contact Us

For more information please contact the Course Director, Dr Maninder Ahluwalia 
Phone: 02920 205924 

Key Course Information

Place of Study:

Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences

Course Length:
13 weeks (one Term)
January - May


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