Systems approaches to human health are becoming widely adopted across all life science disciplines. That this is true for nutrition research community has been demonstrated at the Keystone Symposium on Human Nutrition, Environment and Health, held on October 14-18, 2015 in Beijing, China.
The symposium which was supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and sponsored by Nestle Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS), in conjunction with the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), gathered thought leaders and international organisations from different disciplines to discuss the scientific basis of how diet and environment affects personal and public health. EdgeLeap’s co-founder and CEO, Marijana Radonjic was invited to present challenges and opportunities associated with growing complexity of systems data in systems nutrition research at this unique event. “The ability to organize, integrate and exploit diverse and abundant information on food-health interactions supports development of novel healthy products targeted to optimally fit consumer needs, and contributes to a self-conscious, motivated, healthier community”, says Radonjic. “We are rapidly acquiring means to translate this complex data into relevant knowledge to enable holistic and personalized lifestyle decisions and smart design of health-improving interventions. A prerequisite for successfully bridging this gap is a truly interdisciplinary effort of nutritionists, clinicians, molecular biologists with mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists”, she stresses. As a provider of data science solutions for translating systems nutrition concepts to practice, we are excited to be on the forefront of developments in this emerging field.
The full programme of the symposium can be found here.