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Volume 1, Issue 2
October 2020

 
 
Director's Corner
 
 
 
 
 

We are continuing to gather input from campus leaders, industry leaders, and faculty on the directions and needs in the area of personalized nutrition. This information will guide us while we develop our research themes and goals for the next 3-5 years. Just a few days ago, Christopher J. Lynch, Director of the Office of Nutrition Research at NIDDK, NIH announced that this group will offer opportunities for individuals or groups to request NIH Research on Nutrition Listening Sessions (NutRitioNaLS). The NIH Office of Nutrition Research is offering these NutRitioNaLS sessions to help guide implementation of their recently announced first Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research, and the associated NIH Common Fund dedicated to Nutrition Research. They welcome all stakeholders to provide input on topics such as emerging opportunities, challenges/barriers, and potential solutions that could:

  • Accelerate progress in foundational, preclinical, discovery, and clinical nutrition research
  • Assist nutrition research training, career development, and progression
  • Facilitate the development and application of tools, methods, or technologies that would advance nutrition research
  • Advance development and implementation of behavioral nutrition interventions

The Personalized Nutrition Initiative is planning to request a NutRitioNaLS so please let me know if you are interested in being part of this session.

Sincerely,
Sharon Donovan
Director, Personalized Nutrition Initiative

 
   
 
 
Personalized Nutrition Seminar – Spring 2021
 
 


The Division of Nutritional Sciences has invited the PNI to organize the “Frontiers in Nutritional Sciences Seminar Series” on the topic of Personalized Nutrition –Challenges and Opportunities during the Spring Semester. Please hold 4-5 PM on Wednesdays during Spring Semester 2021. This will be a great opportunity to bring external experts to campus as well as highlight the exciting work being conducted by our faculty and students across campus. All seminars will be online via Zoom.

 
   
 
 
PNI Campus Survey—We Need Your Input!
 
 
 

The Personalized Nutrition Initiative has compiled a brief survey to better understand the needs of our community, and what members would like to achieve with this initiative. Over 70 faculty members across 11 colleges, institutes, and programs have already participated, but we are seeking input on cross-campus research capacity and faculty interest in participating in future activities. Now is the time to help shape our priorities over the next few years. It takes an average of 15 minutes to complete the survey complete the survey.

 
   
 
 
Events
 
 
 
NIH Precision Nutrition: Research Gaps and Opportunities Workshop
 
 

January 11-12, 2021

 
 
 
 

Precision nutrition is a holistic approach to developing comprehensive and dynamic nutrition recommendations relevant to both individual and population health. Register

 
   
 
 
 
 

Nearly 100 people tuned in to the webinar on September 29, 2020 to learn about the new Personalized Nutrition Initiative at Illinois and nutrition research related to genetics, cognition, microbiome, and analytics. Watch Video

Presenters

  • Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD
    Director, Personalized Nutrition Initiative
    Professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Diet and Health, University of Illinois
    Introduction to the Personalized Nutrition Initiative
  • Hannah Holscher, PhD, RD
    Assistant Professor of Nutrition, University of Illinois
    You Aren't Just Eating for One: How Diet and the Microbiome Support Health
  • Naiman Khan, PhD, RD
    Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois
    Nutrition, Genetics, and Cognition: Personalization as the Next Frontier
 
   
 
 
In the News
 
 
 
 
 
 

(NUTRAingredients, September 21, 2020) The desire to maximize health and wellbeing means that consumers are constantly on the lookout for the next innovation but they are dubious about the accuracy and safety of genetic testing kits, market research indicates... Read more

 
   
 
 
 
 
 

(Mayo Clinic, September 15, 2020) What causes some people to develop chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and metabolic syndrome while others stay healthy? A major clue could be found in their gut microbiome — the trillions of microbes living inside the digestive system that regulate various bodily functions…Read more

 
   
 
 
 
 

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The Personalized Nutrition Initiative is a campuswide partnership between the Office of
the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation (OVCRI), the Carl R. Woese Institute
for Genomic Biology (IGB), and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and
Environmental Sciences (ACES).

Visit the Personalized Nutrition Initiative website for more information.

 
 
 
 
 

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