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In memoriam of Professor Lester Packer

We celebrate the life, career, and mentorship of Professor Lester Packer. Professor Packer was a pioneer in the fields of free radicals and redox biology, and was one of the earliest board members of Genes and Nutrition. Please read our remembrance at the above link.

Featured editorial: Publishing with our journal

The intent of this editorial is to provide guidance for improving the quality of systems nutrition research. As our climate changes and population growth increases to the expected nine billion by 2050, our field of research must continue to produce high-quality, reliable results that can be translated into health-promoting action. Genes & Nutrition remains committed to promoting and publishing this research in a timely fashion to improve nutrition knowledge for applications for personal and public health.


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Aims and scope

This journal examines the relationship between genetics and nutrition, with the ultimate goal of improving human health. It publishes original research articles and review articles on preclinical research data coming largely from animal, cell culture and other experimental models as well as critical evaluations of human experimental data to help deliver products with medically proven use.

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Genes & Nutrition is now an Open Acess journal publishing with BioMed Central.  

Article collections

Thematic series
Biomarkers in Food and Nutrition Research
Edited by Prof Lars Ove Dragsted and Dr Giuditta Perozzi

Thematic series
Genes and Nutrition at the crossroads of obesity and metabolic disease
Edited by Prof Alessandro Bartolomucci and Dr Fabio Virgili

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Edited by Prof Kendal D Hirschi

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Featured conference: NuGOweek

The 15th edition of NuGOweek, the annual scientific meeting of our affiliate, will be held from the 3rd through the 6th of September, in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. This year's theme will be "Mitochondria, Nutrition and Health". For more information, please visit the website


Editors' profiles

Giuditta Perozzi is a Senior Scientist at the Food and Nutrition Research Centre in Rome, Italy. She received the Italian University Degree (Laurea) in Biology at the University of Rome, and her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Rochester, NY (USA). Her research interests in the molecular nutrition field have focused on nutrient-dependent gene regulation in intestinal epithelial cells, using in vivo (rodents) and in vitro cell models to investigate micronutrient-gene interactions and zinc transporter expression.


Fabio Virgili is Senior Scientist at the Food and Nutrition Research Centre of the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics in Roma, Italy. He graduated in Biology at the University of Rome and completed his Ph.D. on “Cellular and tissue pathology” at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. He has been appointed as Professor of Biochemistry in the Faculty of Sciences at the University Roma-Tre, in Rome and he participates to the board of teachers of different Master and Ph.D. courses. His research is focused on the transcriptional control of gene expression and cellular response to different stimuli in the early stages of degenerative pathologies by molecules of nutritional interest.


Jim Kaput is the Head of the Clinical Translation Unit in the newly created Nestle Institute of Health Sciences. He is Professeur Visite’ in the Service d’endorcrinologie, diabetologie et metabolosime du CHUV. University of Lausanne, Visiting Professor at the Adinovo Center for Genetic & Genomic Medicine Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China), and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Genetics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (USA). His immediate past position (11.2007 to 7.2011) was as Director of the Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine at the U.S. FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research (Jefferson, AR). He received his PhD from Colorado State University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


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