This is an online course which consists of 4 core units or modules and explores nutrition, disease, bioinformatics and validation models in depth. The Units were designed by the various collaborating universities across the country. To view the video syllabus click here
The four units consist of the following areas:
1) Introduction to Nutrigenomics.
These modules will introduce students to the background of nutrigenomics and answer the question “what is nutrigenomics and how can I use the information to improve quality of life?”
2) Bioinformatics: Screening for Bioactive Nutrients and Compounds.
These modules will answer the question how is screening for compound performed, what are the latest technologies, and how do I interpret and process the data?
3) Nutrition, Disease and Associated Target Genes
will answer the question what diseases can be best addressed by using nutrigenomics and what are the genes and gene products that are of importance in the diseases.
4) Methods for Target Validation
will introduce students to various validation models, such as cell line testing, the zebrafish model, and animal models. Coursework will introduce students to the concept and practical application of nutrigenomics, including high throughput genomic screening, bio-informatics, data management, control of gene transcription and screening models.
In the graduate level version,
the addition of a real-time virtual online laboratory will give students practical experience in the techniques associated with the study and application of Nutrigenomics. These courses can be taught in whole or in parts and can be integrated into existing or new courses to suit the needs of any program or institution. Any interested university can obtain and implement these courses because of their modular framework.