Personalized Nutrition 2021 Session Details

Tuesday, September 28, 2021: Catalyst (Afternoon)

At the Summit again this year, in addition to our Science & Practice sessions, the ANA will host a day of Personalized Nutrition Catalyst sessions, to accelerate personalized nutrition uptake by cross-pollinating ideas and influencers. These sessions will engage speakers and audience through dynamic panel conversations and breakout sessions with personalized nutrition ecosystem leaders.

  • Session 1: Personalization Trends: Labs, Devices, Assessments & the Practitioner
  • Session 2: Adoption: Behavior Change, User Experience & User Psychology
Wednesday, September 29, 2021: Catalyst (Morning)
  • Session 3: Accessibility: Reaching Beyond Early Adopters
  • Session 4: Optimizing via the Feedback Loop
Wednesday, September 29, 2021: Innovative Directions in Science & Practice (Afternoon)

Personalized nutrition is a field with great potential to address chronic disease and optimize human health and performance. This session examines the potential of personalized approaches to change human health and the healthcare landscape through continued advancements in nutrition research, technology, and evidence-based nutrition care.

This session will equip learners to:

  • Define personalized nutrition and describe its scope and role in human health
  • Recognize the potential of personalized nutrition to transform human health and healthcare
  • Discuss innovations and current challenges facing the field of personalized nutrition


Confirmed Speakers

  • Innovative Assessments & the Future of Personalized Practice - Pamila Brar, MD
  • COVID-19 Risk & Ethnicity: Genetic Variations in Fatty Acid Metabolism - Artemis Simopoulos, MD
  • Machine Learning & the Philosophy of Science in Evidence Based Personalized Nutrition - James Neil, BSc PhD
Thursday, September 30, 2021: Omics in Practice (Full day)

Personalized nutrition is rooted in the concept that one size does not fit all; differences in our biochemistry, metabolism, genetics, and microbiota all contribute to the dramatic differences between individuals in response to various inputs and exposures. This session examines the role omics approaches in personalized nutrition practice.

This session will equip learners to:

  • Identify mechanisms by which personalized nutrition approaches may enhance or alter phenotypic expression
  • Discuss the influence of omics research on the field of personalized nutrition
  • Translate clinically relevant omics research into evidence-based personalized nutrition intervention strategies


Confirmed Speakers

  • Translating Omics into Practice - José Ordovás, PhD
  • Searching for An Anti-Aging Diet with New Methylation Technology - Josh Mitteldorf, PhD
  • Nutrition, Genetics & Male Infertility - Ahmed El-Sohemy, PhD
  • Nutrition, Genetics & Premenstrual Symptoms - Ahmed El-Sohemy, PhD
  • Personalized Nutrition & Lifestyle as Disease Cure: Systems Biology & Phenotypic Flexibility - Suzan Wopereis, PhD
  • Circadian Rhythm & Timing of Nutrition in Health & Disease - Satchidananda Panda, PhD
  • Microbiomics & the Future of Personalized Nutrition Practice - Tim Spector, PhD
Friday, October 1, 2021: Beyond the Second Brain (Morning)

This session digs deeper into the trove of an important area of research impacting personalized and functional healthcare fields–the microbiome–and the far-reaching implications of microbial research on human health and resilience.

This session will equip learners to:

  • Assess the current state of research in microbiomics as it applies to personalized nutrition practice
  • Summarize the impact of microbiota on human health in the areas of brain, immune, and metabolic function Identify appropriate clinical strategies to support microbial diversity in distinct populations
  • Identify appropriate clinical strategies to support microbial diversity in distinct populations
  • Apply personalized nutrition strategies that contribute to stress resilience, cognitive wellbeing, and mood balance


Confirmed Speakers

  • Interplay of Nutrition & Exercise with Human Genomics & Gut Microbial Communities - Catherine Saenz, PhD
  • Sugar Cravings & Neuropods: Gut-Brain Neurocircuitry Drives Eating Behavior - Diego Borhorquez, PhD
  • Interplay of Nutrition & Exercise with Human Genomics & Gut Microbial Communities - Derrick MacFabe, MD, FACN
  • Mind, Mood & the GI System - Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ