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Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00

Ordovás opens the VII Congress of Science and Technology of Food advancing the new model of personalized medicine based on genetics and chronobiology

Over 200 researchers and teachers discussed the latest developments related to nutrition and food technology

Six genes regulate the human biological clock basis. Whether a person is more active at diurnal or night hours is something that is encoded in its genome, affecting to their nutrition and health. So try to test hundreds of researchers from all around the world. Research teams that have turned chronobiology into one of the cross-curricular studies on nutrition and health, and among them is the Laboratory of Nutrition and Genetics, Tufts University (Boston, USA), directed by Prof. Dr. honoris causa by the University of Cordoba, Jose Maria Ordovas, who opened the plenary sessions of the Seventh Congress of Science and Technology of Food that hosts the Rectorate of the University of Cordoba until Friday. In his presentation, Ordovas has reviewed the relationship of human biological clock with the emergence of diseases such as obesity or diabetes.

Ordovas believes that it is only a matter of time that each person's chronotype is used in nutritional therapies. If genetics is to help clarifying 'what' is good to eat for every person, chronobiology will show 'when'. In a speech prior to his lecture, Professor , however, stressed that these studies are under research, warning the public of the danger of following pseudosciences that promise great results associated to diets, without any scientific basis .

Ordovas, an outstanding specialist in nutrigenomics has exhibited his thesis before more than 200 attendees who will discuss the latest developments in food technology and nutrition over the next three days. The opening ceremony was chaired by the rector of the University of Cordoba and the president of the Governing Council of ceiA3, José Manuel Roldán Nogueras.

During the morning sessions, the main issues that will be discussed will consist on the nutritional status of the population of Andalusia, nutrition in the first years of life and biology modulation through diet. This last topic will be discussed by the director of the Maimonides Institute for Biomedical Research (IMIBIC). Friday sessions will be more technical and will serve to present the latest advances in processing techniques and food processing.

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