Post-graduate course: “Advances in the use of new technologies in molecular nutrition studies”

Post-graduate course: “Advances in the use of new technologies in molecular nutrition studies”  26-28 August 2017 Varna, Bulgaria

  Background Post-graduate courses/workshops have been held on several occasions just prior to NuGOweek offering PhD students and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to attend a training course and a scientific meeting with no additional costs. In 2017 a post-graduate course will be held on: – Saturday 26th August (kick-off, lecture, demonstration and informal get together) – Sunday 27th August (lectures and demonstrations/group work) – Monday 28th August (rounding up group work, lecture and group presentations) On Monday afternoon  NuGOweek 2017 will start. Target group PhD students and postdoctoral fellows interested in nutrigenomics, molecular nutrition and personalized nutrition. The focus will be on the use of new technologies in molecular nutrition studies in both humans and other systems. Course aim The objective of the course is to communicate the opportunities of technologies such as metabolomics, dried blood spots, deep phenotyping, mobile analysis technologies, and handling of big data (bioinformatics). The presentations will be based on both on good and bad experiences, how you collect, analyze and interpret large amounts of omics-data in nutrition studies. Program topics Participants will have to study 4-5 articles prior to the course. In lectures a variety of topics will be discussed; – Dried blood spot biomarker analysis – The use of cell culture models to test metabolic flexibility – Extensive phenotyping and omics exploitation and handling of data sets – Making a decision tree – Strength and limitations of models The student assignment will focus on one study/study design and 4-5 groups will be charged with the task to complement the study with appropriate new technologies in different settings. Organisation Course coordinators Prof. Christian A. Drevon – University of Oslo (Norway) Dr. Fré Pepping – Wageningen University/NuGO secretariat (The Netherlands) Other faculty Prof. Hannelore Daniel, Technical University Munich (TUM, Germany) Dr. Thomas Gundersen, VITAS (Norway) Dr. Yoana Kiselova, Medical University Varna (MUV, Bulgaria) PhD student Sindre Lee, University of Oslo (Norway) Dr. André Boorsma, TNO-Microbiology and Systems Biology (The Netherlands) General information Date & duration The course will be held on Saturday 26th (start 16.00 hrs), Sunday 27th (9.00 – 16.00 hrs), Monday 28th August (9.00 – 13.00 hrs). Given the flight connections to Varna it might be necessary for some participants to arrive on Friday afternoon 25th latest so that the course can start at 16.00 hrs. on Saturday 26th.  Registration for NuGO-week starts at 16.30 hrs on August 28th. Study load The study load of this course is 2 ECTS  and includes 15 h of preparatory work prior to the course. Location & accommodation Lectures and group work will be at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University of Varna. Participants have to book their accommodation according instructions given for the participants of NuGOweek 2017. For participants staying at the conference hotels  (Palace hotel and Marina hotel)  a shuttle service will be available on Sunday and Monday morning. Accommodation in Varna, within walking distance from the Faculty of Pharmacy: Graffit Hotel Varna Modus Hotel Varna Capitol Hotel Varna Swiss-Belhotel Dimyat Varna,1,2416/swiss-belhotel-varna.html) The conference venue (Palace Hotel) can be easily reached from these city hotels by taxi (< € 10). Contact information For organisational matters please contact Mrs. Ingeborg van Leeuwen-Bol ( Registration & course fee The course is free of charge for PhD-students and postdoctoral fellows, affiliated with NuGO member organisations who register for NuGOweek and paying the appropriate conference fee. For others the course fee is € 150.  The get together on Saturday and lunch on Sunday – Monday are included. For registration, please click []. Registration instructions: mark in which state of your PhD study you are and note who your supervisor/promotor is. You will receive a confirmation of your pre-registration but your participation will only be confirmed after your registration/payment for NuGOweek has been received.


DRAFT PROGRAME “Advances in the use of new technologies in molecular nutrition studies” 26 – 28 August 2017, Varna, Bulgaria

Saturday 26.8.2017 (Meeting Room of the Faculty of Pharmacy (floor 2), Medical University of  Varna, 84b Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd.) 16:00 Welcome/Fre Pepping 16:10 Dr. Thomas Gundersen, VITAS  AS (Norway) Dried blood spot biomarker analysis: current  status and future possibilities & demonstration of DBS collection option to have your  own sample analysed by VITAS free of charge Visit to the Laboratory of Nutrigenomics, Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals  (6th floor) 18:30 Informal get together and introduction to course: objectives for the course, the group assignment with snacks and drinks  (Panoramic hall of the Faculty of Pharmacy (floor 9), MUV, 84b Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd.) Sunday 27.8.2016 (as before Meeting Room of the Faculty of Pharmacy (floor 2), MUV) 09:00 Dr. Yoana Kiselova, MUV (Bulgaria): Cell culture models to test metabolic flexibility in  nutrition studies 09:45 Dr. Andre Boorsma, TNO (Netherlands): How to apply digital information for personalised nutrition advise. 10.30 Coffee break 11:00 Prof. Christian A. Drevon, Univ. of Olso (Norway): Design of a human intervention study with extensive phenotyping and omics exploitation. 11.45 Lunch at Traditional Bulgarian Restaurant “Staria Chinar” (“The Old Plane Tree”), 2 min walk from the Faculty of Pharmacy 13:30 Sindre Lee, Univ. of Olso  (Norway): Handling of big data from human intervention studies. 14.45  Group assignment: Groups will get different designs and aims for dietary  interventions. Their assignment is to plan the use of the large scale data collection  from sampling until interpretation of the data. The aim is to prepare for applying individual and large scale data in study design/nutrition advise. (Seminar rooms 501, 504, 506, 509 of the Faculty of Pharmacy, floor 5) Monday 28.8.2016 (as before Meeting Room of the Faculty of Pharmacy (floor 2), MUV 9:00 Group assignment 10.30 Coffee break 10.45 Prof. Hannelore Daniel, TUM (Germany): Models are just modelsNew technologies 11.45 Group presentations including discuss with review panel 13.30 Closing and lunch (package) Afternoon:  Guided visit of the Varna Archaeological Museum and /or City Centre Tour Version: 24.04.17