Article by Wolf Marx


A few weeks ago, I escaped the winter weather of Melbourne and headed up to the sunny Gold Coast for the 4th Science of Nutrition in Medicine and Healthcare conference. This year’s conference was combined with the 8th Congress of the International Society of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics (ISNN). Over the three days I heard topics not only on nutrition science research but also on a range of topics related to nutrigenetic research.

There was a huge variety on the topics discussed with the gut microbiome and the methylation cycle being hot topics. It was also great hearing about some of the more controversial topics such as low carbohydrate diets and personal genomics, leading to some interesting discussion in between sessions.

I got to present some of my PhD research on the potential mechanisms of actions for ginger in alleviating chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. I met several PhD candidates at the conference and had some interesting discussions.

Additionally, for all the self-confessed foodies out there (i.e. most dietitians), I wouldn’t be doing my duty if I didn’t mention that the provided meals were amazing. From salmon to exotic fruit platters to sushi, the organisers really went all out by providing great, healthy meals.

So in all, I thought it was an excellent three days. I learnt about a huge range of different topics and while I found dietitians to be underrepresented, I really encourage anyone who may be interested in hearing about the advances in nutrition science to look at next year’s program.