Genetic and epigenetic contributions to human nutrition and health: managing genome-diet interactions. Academic Article uri icon


  • The Institute of Medicine recently convened a workshop to review the state of the various domains of nutritional genomics research and policy and to provide guidance for further development and translation of this knowledge into nutrition practice and policy. Nutritional genomics holds the promise to revolutionize both clinical and public health nutrition practice and facilitate the establishment of (a) genome-informed nutrient and food-based dietary guidelines for disease prevention and healthful aging, (b) individualized medical nutrition therapy for disease management, and (c) better targeted public health nutrition interventions (including micronutrient fortification and supplementation) that maximize benefit and minimize adverse outcomes within genetically diverse human populations. As the field of nutritional genomics matures, which will include filling fundamental gaps in knowledge of nutrient-genome interactions in health and disease and demonstrating the potential benefits of customizing nutrition prescriptions based on genetics, registered dietitians will be faced with the opportunity of making genetically driven dietary recommendations aimed at improving human health.

published proceedings

  • J Am Diet Assoc

altmetric score

  • 1.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Stover, P. J., & Caudill, M. A.

citation count

  • 74

complete list of authors

  • Stover, Patrick J||Caudill, Marie A

publication date

  • September 2008