17 июля 2018
Sechenov University to launch new qualification in Molecular Nutrition

This year Sechenov University launches the new qualification in Molecular Nutrition. The educational course will start in September, 2018.

It is based on genetic factors analysis and physiological processes characteristics of a particular person, as well as influence of molecular food speciation.The new speciality is supposed to involve not only knowledge in genetics and dietetics, but also understanding of food production processes.
Moreover, the University has just opened Health Management Clinic at the Institute for Personalized Medicine, where the new specialists will be able to practice.

"Molecular nutrition specialist should know why human genomes are different, told Izvestia Deputy Director for personalized medical technology of the Institute of personalized medicine Natalia Zhuchenko. Such specialist should understand principles of its diversity and uniqueness of each of us, and why uniqueness of genetic constitution largely determines health. Food is a unique factor which is necessary for every person. Geneticists claim that food is the shortest way to our genes. In turn, the chemical components of food are the oldest modulators of gene activity, and one of the main goals of molecular nutritionist is to understand influence of nutrition on activity of our genes"- says Prof. Natalia Zhuchenko,  Deputy Director for Personalized Medical Technology, Institute for Personalized Medicine, Sechenov University. 

Molecular nutritionist will evaluate many factors in creation of individual nutrition schemes: results of genetic analysis, including physiological processes, molecular food speciation, etc. Doctors believe that individually useful food and nutritonal diversity could prevent development of various diseases.

Dr. Philip Kopylov, Director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine of Sechenov University noted that biochemical processes are very different for each individual. Due to genetic predisposition some processes are faster, and some are slower in contrast.
"When we talk about one gene, we know that it produces little protein that is involved in proper reaction, it's obvious. If the task is to  evaluate 3 thousand genes at one time, it becomes too complicated. However, nowadays medicine is able to solve such problems", — says Dr. Kopylov.

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