419. Unlocking Precision Nutrition Care: Is Genetic Information the Key?

Monday, October 28
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Terrace Ballroom III/IV
CE: 1.5
Level 2 – Intermediate
Activity Code: 149472

Nutritional genomics is a rapidly evolving field with the potential to improve precision of nutrition care based on an individual’s genotype. When considering if and how this technology should be applied in practice, RDNs require evidence that utilizing this strategy improves nutrition-related outcomes in patients and clients. To date, no systematic reviews have provided guidance for incorporating genetic information into the Nutrition Care Process. This session will describe the current landscape of nutritional genomics in nutrition practice, including potential benefits and harms. Speakers will describe results from a systematic review conducted by the Academy’s Evidence Analysis Center examining the effect of using genotype to guide nutrition counseling and care on patient and client outcomes. Finally, speakers will describe nutrition practice scenarios involving nutritional genomics and discuss potential evidence-based approaches to addressing a patient or client’s individual needs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the current landscape of nutritional genomics in nutrition practice, including potential benefits and harms.
  • Detail current available research regarding the effect of using genetic information in nutrition counselling and care on patient or client outcomes.
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge of nutritional genomics in different practice situations.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 2050 Genetics
  • 5290 Metabolic disorders, Inborn errors (disease/disorder)
  • 9020 Evaluation and application of research

Performance Indicator:

  • 12.3.1 Designs programs and/or interventions based on assessment and evidence-based literature.
  • 8.1.2 Applies knowledge of food and nutrition as well as the biological, physical and social sciences in practice.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.


  • Ginger Hultin, MS RDN CSO


    Champagne Nutrition LLC

  • Speaker(s)

  • Amy Ellis, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD

    Associate Professor

    University of Alabama

  • Ashley Vargas, PhD, MPH, RDN, FAND


    National Institutes of Health