Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics and Precision Nutrition

Curriculum & Agenda

This 4-day short course is designed for graduate students, health professionals and nutrition scientists from academia and industry. The workshop style will provide the fundamental concepts of nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics and personalized nutrition through cutting edge presentations and hands-on experiences using the latest tools to analyze your genetic data and understand your nutrigenetic profile.

Hands-on Group Sessions

Monday and Wednesday afternoons will feature hands-on workshops focused on achievable approaches. You will need to select one group when you register.

Group A – Practice-based session:

Learn to use genetic concepts, common variants and the occasional haplotype in everyday practice. You’ll also learn how to understand your own* nutrigenetic data, review typical case scenarios, and explore specific language for effective messaging.

Group B – Research-based session:

Learn to implement and experiment with statistical methods using your own computer and a dataset provided by the faculty. You’ll learn how to interpret and apply your own* nutrigenetic data. Attendees interested in this session are required to know the use of command-line interface.

* only for early registrants who are US citizens (ends March 15, 2019). All other registrants will receive a generic dataset for analysis.

Bring a sweater: The venue strives to maintain a standard temperature. For your comfort we recommend you bring a light sweater or jacket.

Bring an umbrella: Be prepared to walk around our campus between the venues (short distances).  An umbrella might come in handy during a pop up shower.

Monday, June 3, 2019
Time Description Instructor
8:30 AM Registration and Continental breakfast
9:15 AM Welcome to NGx Short Course Saroja Voruganti, PhD
9:25 AM Overview of Nutrigenomics/Nutrigenetics Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD
10:15 AM Genetics Primer for Nutrition Researchers Saroja Voruganti, PhD
11:05 AM Break
11:20 AM Genetics in Nutritional Epidemiology Kari North, PhD
12:10 PM Experimental Approaches in Nutrigenetics #1 Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD
1:00 PM Lunch
2–4:30 PM Workshop 1 – Analyze and interpret your genetic data Saroja Voruganti, PhD and Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD
4:30 – 5:15 PM Group A – Optional NRI Tour
4:30 – 5:30 PM Group B – Networking Reception @ Restaurant Forty-Six
5:30 – 7:00 PM Introductory reception and dinner
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time Description Instructor
8:30 AM Continental breakfast
9:00 AM Experimental Approaches in Nutrigenetics #2 Cory Brouwer, PhD
9:50 AM NGx for Study of Cancer Stephen Hursting, PhD
10:40 AM Break
10:55 AM NGx for Study of Cognitive Function Carol Cheatham, PhD
11:45 AM NGx and Metabolomics Susan Sumner, PhD
12:35 PM Lunch
1:20 – 4:30 PM Afternoon Group Activities (Lake Norman Cruise)
5:30 – 7:00 PM Picnic Dinner at Lake Norman State Park
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Time Description Instructor
8:30 AM Continental breakfast
9:00 AM NGx and Microbiome Katie Meyer, ScD
9:50 AM Nutrition and Epigenetics – A Primer Folami Ideraabdullah, PhD
10:40 AM Break
10:55 AM Nutrient and Genetic Regulation of Methylation Potential Natalia Krupenko, PhD
11:45 AM Epigenetics and Metabolic Programming Sergio Alberto Cortés Ramírez, PhD
12:35 PM Lunch
2 – 4:30 PM Workshop 2 – Analyze and interpret your genetic data Saroja Voruganti, PhD and Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD
4:30 – 5:30 PM Group A – Networking Reception @ DHMRI
5:30 PM Group B – Optional NRI Tour
5:30 – 7:00 PM Banquet dinner with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Claude Bouchard
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time Description Instructor
8:30 AM Continental breakfast
9:00 AM NGx for Studying Nutrient Requirements Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD
9:50 AM Pharmacogenomics Tim Wiltshire, PhD
10:40 AM Break
10:55 AM Integrating Nutrition into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Epidemiology Phil May, PhD
11:45 AM Precision Nutrition and Closing Remarks Steve Zeisel, MD, PhD
12:35 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Shuttle departs for Charlotte Douglas International Airport

All-inclusive Registration

On top of the great short-course content and speakers, your registration comes with

  • shared housing
  • transportation
  • meals
  • personal DNA test*
  • Lake Norman cruise

* A personal DNA test is available only for early registrants who are US residents. Registrations after March 15, 2019 will receive a generic dataset for analysis.

Early Registration Deadline
March 15, 2019


  • General  $850.00
  • Graduate Student  $400.00
  • Postdoctoral Fellow  $500.00

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Scholarships Available

The UNC Nutrition Research Institute is offering a limited number of scholarships to students and postdoctoral fellows. These scholarships include course registration, lodging, and meals during the course period at UNCC.

Application deadline is March 15, 2019.

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