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April 22 Café Scientifique to look at genetic, diet connection

April 9, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- The possibility of improving health by using genetic information to match optimum diets will be the focus of the next Café Scientifique to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 22, at the newly renovated Baxter Ballroom in downtown Bozeman.

Jim Kaput, an expert in personalized nutrition and medicine, will present "Genes or Diet? Let's Talk About Obesity, Heart Disease and Diabetes." Kaput is director of the Division of Personalized Nutrition and Medicine with the Federal Drug Administration's National Center for Toxicological Research. He is also an adjunct in the Division of Genetics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Adinovo Center for Genetic and Genomic Medicine at Zhejing University in Hangzhou, China.

As founder and sole contributor to NutriAlerts, Kaput communicates to approximately 2,425 subscribers in over 50 countries about current research on nutrigenomics, nutrition, epidemiology, statistics, health disparities, public health issues, ethics, and health issues in transitional and developing economies. He is an active member of the Human Variome Project, which seeks to analyze genetic variation in individuals in ancestral groups around the world.

Café Scientifique, co-sponsored by Montana's INBRE and COBRE programs, provides a relaxed setting for people to learn about current scientific topics. The concept started in England in 1998 and has spread to a handful of locations in the United States. Following a short presentation by a scientific expert, the majority of time is reserved for questions, answers and lively discussion.

For more information, contact Laurie Howell at (406) 994-7531 or lhowell@montana.edu. For more information about the Café Scientifique concept, check the Web at http://www.inbre.montana.edu/cafe.php.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu