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Title: Applications of functional nutrition and nutrigenomics to improve public health through dietary interventions
Author: Quinn, Peter
ISNI:       0000 0004 7658 1198
Awarding Body: University of Liverpool
Current Institution: University of Liverpool
Date of Award: 2018
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Diet and lifestyle factors are well documented for their impact on health and wellbeing. Epigenetics provides the added connection between personal genetics and environmental factors, including food, interacting with health and disease. Functional foods is a growth area of food development, augmentation and supplementation. However, more scientific validation of the claims made for functional foods and functional components is required to properly inform consumers and healthcare practitioners. There is also growing consumer acceptance of personalised genetic analysis for health and wellbeing. The commerciality of providing cost-effective genetic diet and lifestyle advice is a new and developing area in the health industry. All diseases have a genetic link, and genome-wide association studies (GWAS) are discovering genetic variations linked to complex diseases. However, nutrient information is absent for the development of dietary advice and the management and prevention of disease. The development of nutrigenomics provides information on the gene/nutrient interaction essential for the design of personalised nutrition. Functional nutrition from a combination of personalised genetic analysis and nutrigenomic interventions, represent an important new nexus for improving public health and the future of disease prevention.
Supervisor: Stewart, James Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral