The field of nutrigenomics--the effects of nutrition intake on gene expression--is gaining in popularity, particularly as consumers gravitate toward personalized nutrition.

Heather Granato, VP, Partnerships & Sustainability

November 3, 2017

According to Ahmed El-Sohemy, Ph.D., founder of Nutrigenomix and professor at the University of Toronto, the field of nutrigenomics—the effects of nutrition intake on gene expression—is gaining popularity, particularly as consumers gravitate toward personalized nutrition. In this podcast, recorded after his presentation at the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) 2017 workshop and conference in Tucson, Arizona, El-Sohemy talks with Heather Granato, vice president of content at Informa, about:

• The early beginnings of genomic science and where the field is headed

• Examples of nutrition/genetic overlap, such as a person’s ability to metabolize caffeine or lactose

• Implications for personalized nutrition; for example, in addressing obesity or weight management

To share your thoughts, email Granato at [email protected], or tweet to @NatProdINSIDER using the hashtag #INSIDERpodcast.

About the Author(s)

Heather Granato

VP, Partnerships & Sustainability, Informa Markets, Food EMEA division

Heather Granato is a 30-year veteran of the natural products industry, currently serving as vice president, partnerships & sustainability, in the Food EMEA division of Informa Markets. She is based in London, and leads efforts related to industry partnerships and broader sustainability initiatives for the Vitafoods and Food ingredients brands. She has been a presenter at events including SupplySide, Vitafoods, Food ingredients, Natural Products Expo, the Natural Gourmet Show and the Folio: Show. Her publishing experience includes Natural Products Insider, Food Product Design, Vitafoods Insights, Country Living's Healthy Living, Natural Foods Merchandiser, Delicious Magazine and WomenOf.com. Granato serves as the founding president of Women In Nutraceuticals, a global non-profit founded in 2022 focused on empowering women in the nutraceutical industry; she is also on the board of directors for the Organic & Natural Health Association. From 2016 to 2022, she was a vice president on the national governing board of Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity. Granato was named to the FOLIO: 100 list of top media professionals in 2018, and was selected as a 2015 Top Woman in Media by FOLIO:. She received the 2014 Visionary Award and the 2018 Journalistic Excellence Award from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and was honored with the CEO Merit Award for Content from Virgo in 2014. Granato graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond, Virginia, in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

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