International Life Sciences Institute's first international conference on nutrigenomics: Opportunities in Asia. Singapore 7-9 December 2005
Nutrigenomics is the study of the interaction between gene expression and nutrients or food components. This focused conference, held in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, was attended by around 400 delegates from over 20 countries, about half from Asia, who heard from over 50 scientists and experts in the field. Three and a half packed days included plenary sessions on molecular epidemiology, nutrient–gene interactions and nutrigenomics in relation to cancer, immunity and wellbeing. These were supplemented with symposia on genomic technologies in nutrition research generally, and in the development of functional foods specifically. Highlights of the conference, at least for this attendee, are reported here.