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The modification of diet is among the most impactful interventions influencing human health, highlighting the importance of studying nutritional biology for preventing and/or treating disease.

The Penn Center for Nutritional Science and Medicine (PenNSAM) focuses on integrating human clinical metadata, traditional dietary assessments, and nutritional biomarkers with the latest high throughput molecular profiling technologies together with advanced biostatistical and computational tools in a new approach to improve human health and ameliorate disease through nutrition.

This approach will ultimately have an impact upon nutritional policies in government and society.


Bridging the Gap Between Dietary Biomarker and Population Science Research

Joint Penn-PSU Virtual Symposium June 1, 2022

Diet quality plays an important role in human health and disease. More recently, there is significant interest in understanding the impact of a western ultra-processed diet on the growing incidence of diseases such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Population-based studies, that most commonly use surveys or interviews to quantify dietary quality and composition, indicate that such dietary factors are particularly impactful in underserved communities. In parallel, there is growing interest in quantitatively characterizing dietary biomarkers based on broad omic profiling technologies, such as metabolomics, to provide objective data on diet quality using human biospecimens.

The focus of this symposium is to bring together experts in population science research, traditional dietary assessment research, metabolomics, and data analytics to explore opportunities by which dietary biomarker research can be applied to population-based studies with a focus on food insecurity. Presentations will set the stage for a panel discussion at the end of the symposium designed to bridge the gap between dietary biomarker and population science research by exploring various topics of common interest.

To attend via Zoom, register here.

For more details please the symposium page. For the full itinerary, please click here.