Personalized Nutrition & Health: from science to practice – Presented by Iris de Hoogh, TNO

Personalized Nutrition & Health: from science to practice – Presented by Iris de Hoogh, TNO, at the Healthy Nutrition Conference, 27 June 2018, Brightlands Campus, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Personalized nutrition is rapidly emerging due to a number of technological, scientific, and societal developments. Personalized nutrition tailors dietary recommendations to the individual; not only by taking into account specific biological biomarkers or genetics, but also personal characteristics, preferences and the environment. Therefore, a systems approach that considers the most relevant interacting mechanisms is necessary to formulate the most optimal and relevant advice.

Interview
What drives you?
Nutrition: it’s value, it’s role in daily life, but mainly it’s effect on our health and my ambition to help others making the right choices for them as individuals.

What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
Music, swimming gear, can the third be a person?

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Mobile technology, wearables / sensors, self-learning algorithms (data science)

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Integrating our growing ability to measure health status, behavior, environment, etc. with tools and systems that can provide personalized lifestyle recommendations and support to individuals in their daily life has huge potential in achieving and maintaining behavior change in my opinion.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Being able to distinguish the reliable science-based measurement methods, tools and personalized services from the plenty options available; ability of individuals to own and use their health data.

What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?
The potential of personalized nutrition, as well as an understanding of where we stand today.

About Iris de Hoogh
Iris de Hoogh is trained in nutrition, health and consumer sciences at the Wageningen University and has been working as a research scientist at TNO for the past five years. Iris works at the department Microbiology and systems biology, where she is involved in multidisciplinary research projects in the field of personalized nutrition, systems biology and resilience. Her main scientific focus is on personalized nutrition and health, in which she integrates biology, (dietary) behavior, psycho-social aspects as well as genetics in determining optimal lifestyle and nutrition for health. Iris is part of the core team that developed the measurement kit and the nutritional engine for the personal nutrition company Habit.com.

Iris is a registered nutrition scientist at the Dutch Academy for Nutrition Sciences (NAV). She also is board member of the “WeVo”, the Dutch working group for nutrition behavior.

About TNO
TNO is a Dutch not-for-profit research institute. TNO aims to deliver social and technological innovations that can help people make the kind of choices that lead to better health and social participation.

About Agrifood Innovation Event
The Agri Food Innovation Event is a focused business, technology and research platform, unique in bringing together European and global companies from the entire agrifood supply chain (from farmer to enduser, with customers, producers, retailers and researchers).

The location, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, is in a region in which the agri-food business is one of the most productive, sustainable and profitable in the world; where food innovation is in the entrepreneurs’ DNA.

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