The Impact of Nucleotides on Immunity and Infant Health

Program Date: 4 March 2019
Publication Date: 30 May 2019
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 0.5; Dietitian CPEU: 0.5

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll review the structure and main functions of nucleotides; describe the main clinical outcomes associated with nucleotides in the infant population; identify mechanisms of action that support infant health; and discuss the potential relationship between HMOs and nucleotides in supporting immune development. Originally presented at the HMO Summit on March 4, 2019 in Granada, Spain.

Course Objectives:

•Review the structure and main functions of nucleotides, and their profile in human milk and infant formulas.
•Describe the main clinical outcomes associated with nucleotides in the infant population.
•Identify mechanisms of action of dietary nucleotides to support infant health.
•Discuss the potential relationship between human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) and nucleotides in supporting immune development.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 2000, 2070, 2100, 5060
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.2, 8.1.4, 8.3.4
  • Run Time: 31

Course Instructor Bio(s)

Angel Gil, PhD

Professor, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
Institute of Nutrition & Food Technology
Center of Biochemical Research
University of Granada
Granada, Spain
Dr. Angel Gil was born in Granada, Spain in 1951. In 1996, he became Full Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Granada (UGR). He is an internationally recognized authority in the field of Food and Nutrition; his expertise extends from the study of food composition to the metabolism of macronutrients and bioactive compounds, and their effects on health. Since his early career he has balanced his role of researcher and professor, and conducted pioneering and innovative research, leading more than 50 projects and contracts; Prof Gil has several areas of interest that include the evaluation of the role of dietary nucleotides in early life and the development of infant nutrition products. In addition, the isolation, identification and description of the mechanism of action of probiotics and the metabolic, molecular and genetic factors involved in obesity and the early onset of the metabolic syndrome (MS) in childhood; and the design, development and evaluation of enteral clinical nutrition products. What actually, probably describes Prof Gil best, is the variety of fields and problems he has faced during his professional carrier and his significant ability to combine his knowledge and expertise in Food Science and Human Biochemistry. He has also been the Chairman of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) 21st International Congress of Nutrition, the most important event in nutrition every 4 years in the World and has been engaged in the organization of other renowned international congresses.
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