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MUIH PCE Lecture Series: Using Functional Testing to Validate Genomic Testing


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MUIH PCE Lecture Series: Using Functional Testing to Validate Genomic Testing

Format:  On-Demand, Self-Paced Lecture

Time to Complete: 1 hour

CEUs:  1 CEU (Nutritionists, NDs)

Credential: Certificate of Participation

Lecture Overview:

In partnership with Maryland Naturopathic Doctors Association (MNDA), the MUIH Nutrition Department presented the 2018 Nutrition Symposium, Nutritional Genomics in Clinical Practice.

The field of nutrigenomics emphasizes the critical intersection of nutrition and genetic expression, and MUIH’s symposium centered specifically on translating nutrigenomics information for the clinician and clinical practice. The recorded presentation from the symposium by Jessica Pizano will allow you to learn the science behind the field and gain practical skills to apply in practice to meet the growing patient and client demand for information.

The world of nutritional genomics is exploding. Patients are using direct-to-consumer testing and bringing their results to you, the practitioner. Yet, how do we determine which genes are and are not active? This presentation provides an in-depth look at how to choose which tests to use to validate some of the more commonly found SNPs. A look at organic acids testing, amino acids testing, RBC mineral testing, and other relevant markers will be explored. In addition to looking at validating more common nutrigenomic SNPs, some of the more common in-born errors of metabolism associated with key organic acids will be discussed. Finally, case studies will be used to help participants synthesize the information in a more clinically oriented approach. Topics include the use of functional testing, including organic acids testing, amino acids testing, and RBC mineral testing in order to validate patient genomics; the link between key organic acids and in-born errors of metabolism; the use of case studies to best see the links between patient symptoms, genomic data, and functional testing.

Presenter Bio:

Jessica Pizano is the co-owner of Nutritional Genomics Institute, LLC, which offers nutrition and nutritional genomics counseling in Midlothian, VA. Her specialties include nutritional genomics, autoimmune disorders, mast cell activation disorders, dysautonomia, mood disorders, autism, allergies/sensitivities, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other medical conditions. She is also a co-owner of SNPed, which is a nutritional genomics webinar series for practitioners. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), where she teaches Introduction to Nutritional Genomics. 

Jessica earned a master’s degree in human nutrition at the University of Bridgeport. She is a certified nutrition specialist (CNS) through the Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists and graduated with a doctor of clinical nutrition (DCN) from MUIH in 2018.  

What you will get:

·        Total 1 hour of lecture video

·        Lifetime access to the lecture for review & application

·        Certificate of Participation & CEUs

*CEUs should be verified with the individual professional organization(s) for which you are seeking continuing education credit.


Offering Details:

*This offering is eligible for the PCE MUIH Community Benefit program. To redeem the benefit:

·          MUIH Employees and Current MUIH Students, retrieve promo codes for use upon enrollment through MyMUIH at MUIH PCE Benefits

·          MUIH Alumni, email with your name and course/program of interest to request a promo code upon verification of alumni status.

*Note: Only one promo code may be used at a time.

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