PhenHRIG 2013: Phenolic Compounds and Human Nutrigenomics

EB 2013 Guest Society Program: PhenHRIG Symposium 2013 at Experimental Biology, Boston, MA  Saturday April 20th, 1-5 pm, Room TBA.

Title:  Phenolic Compounds and Human Nutrigenomics

Abstract: Nutrigenomics refers to gene-diet interactions resulting in the potential for regulation of gene expression, in this case, by phenolic compounds in the human diet. Phenolics from plants appear to create a robust nutrigenomic response in consumers that may be important for interpreting the dietary effects of phenolics. PhenHRIG 2013 will describe phenolic-nutrigenomic interactions with regard to chronic diseases and their mechanisms.

Speakers will include:

Dr. Christine Morand, INRA-Clermont Université d’Auvergne: Role of Nutrigenomics to Advance the Understanding of Cardiovascular Protective Effects of Dietary Polyphenols

Dr. Joshua D. Lambert, Food Science, Pennsylvania State University: Voluntary Exercise and Green Tea Polyphenols Modulation of Genes Related to Fatty Acid Metabolism in High Fat-Fed Mice

Dr Robert A Waterland, Pediatrics and Molecular & Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine: Early Nutritional Influences on Human Developmental Epigenetics

Dr Susan McCann, Cancer Prevention and Control, Roswell Park Cancer Institute: The Relevance of Polymorphisms in Studies of Diet and Cancer

Dr Christina Khoo, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.: Cranberry Polyphenols and Modulation of Genes in the Anti-Inflammatory and Immune Signaling Pathways

Four student phenolic research winners will also give short 10 minute talks.  Additional information about the student awards and PhenHRIG can be obtained at our organizational website

Student Awards for Phenolic Research at Experimental Biology 2013.

The PHENHRIG 2013 program at Experimental Biology 2013 on Saturday April 20th (1-5 pm) will include special awards for novel student research related to the topic of phenolic compounds and nutrigenomics.  Student research need not pertain strictly to the topic of the main program and need only pertain to characterization of phenolic biological activity or chemistry . The four student awardees will receive $100 a prize and will be required to give 10 minute presentation on their research at PhenHRIG. To be considered for the $100 awards, an applicant must be a first author on a poster presented at EB. Author needs to send the abstract that was submitted to Experimental Biology as a PDF to the following email address: by the March 18th  deadline. Award winners will receive notification by March 22nd.


Phenhrig 2012: The Human Microbiome and Formation of Bioactive Flavonoid Metabolites

Phenhrig 2012: The Human Microbiome and Formation of Bioactive Flavonoid Metabolites

Experimental Biology 2012 Saturday April 21, 1–4:30pm

Upper Level-Rm 30 A/B, San Diego Convention Center

In recent years, it has become possible to identify microbes of the human gut microbiome and study changes in the composition of the microbiome. The microbiome composition can be influenced by dietary changes and changes in the intake of flavonoids. In turn, the microbiome is a major determinant of flavonoid metabolism and bioavailability, yielding numerous phenolic metabolites, including many secondary metabolites. New methods of analysis have allowed for the identification of these metabolites and exploration of their biological activities.  These studies have identified novel mechanisms for the health benefits of flavonoids.    For more information go to our website

Phenhrig 2012-Speaker Schedule

1:00 pm-Introduction Myron Gross, University of Minnesota.

1:15 pm-Dr. Jeremy Nicholson, Imperial College London

Gut microbial-host co-metabolic signaling in health and disease: The broad role of phenolic compounds.

2:00 pm- Dr. Meredith Hullar, Div Public Health Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Interactions between the gut microbiome and dietary phenolics.

2:30 pm- Student Research Award Winner Presentations

3:30 pm- Dr. Alan Crozier, University of Glasgow

Mass Spectrometric Analysis and the Bioavailability of Dietary (Poly)phenolics.

4:00 pm- Dr. Irfan Rahman, University of Rochester Medical Center

Dietary polyphenols and regulation of epigenetic chromatin modifications in inflammation.

For more information on Phenhrig 2012 send the Co-Chairs a note:

Drs Myron Gross or Ted Wilson can be contacted by email at