Post-graduate course:
“Advances in the use of new technologies in molecular nutrition studies”

 26-28 August 2017
Varna, Bulgaria


Post-graduate courses/workshops have been held on several occasions just prior to NuGOweek offering PhD students and postdoctoral fellows an opportunity to attend a training course and a scientific meeting with no additional costs.
In 2017 a post-graduate course will be held on:
– Saturday 26th August (kick-off, lecture, demonstration and informal get together)
– Sunday 27th August (lectures and demonstrations/group work)
– Monday 28th August (rounding up group work, lecture and group presentations)
On Monday afternoon  NuGOweek 2017 will start.

Target group
PhD students and postdoctoral fellows interested in nutrigenomics, molecular nutrition and personalized nutrition. The focus will be on the use of new technologies in molecular nutrition studies in both humans and other systems.

Course aim
The objective of the course is to communicate the opportunities of technologies such as metabolomics, dried blood spots, deep phenotyping, mobile analysis technologies, and handling of big data (bioinformatics). The presentations will be based on both on good and bad experiences, how you collect, analyze and interpret large amounts of omics-data in nutrition studies.

Program topics
Participants will have to study 4-5 articles prior to the course.
In lectures a variety of topics will be discussed;
– Dried blood spot biomarker analysis
– The use of cell culture models to test metabolic flexibility
– Extensive phenotyping and omics exploitation and handling of data sets
– Making a decision tree
– Strength and limitations of models
The student assignment will focus on one study/study design and 4-5 groups will be charged with the task to complement the study with appropriate new technologies in different settings.

Course coordinators
Prof. Christian A. Drevon – University of Oslo (Norway)
Dr. Fré Pepping – Wageningen University/NuGO secretariat (The Netherlands)

Other faculty
Prof. Hannelore Daniel, Technical University Munich (TUM, Germany)
Dr. Thomas Gundersen, VITAS (Norway)
Dr. Yoana Kiselova, Medical University Varna (MUV, Bulgaria)
PhD student Sindre Lee, University of Oslo (Norway)
Dr. André Boorsma, TNO-Microbiology and Systems Biology (The Netherlands)

General information
Date & duration
The course will be held on Saturday 26th (start 16.00 hrs), Sunday 27th (9.00 – 16.00 hrs), Monday 28th August (9.00 – 13.00 hrs). Given the flight connections to Varna it might be necessary for some participants to arrive on Friday afternoon 25th latest so that the course can start at 16.00 hrs. on Saturday 26th.  Registration for NuGO-week starts at 16.30 hrs on August 28th.

Study load
The study load of this course is 2 ECTS  and includes 15 h of preparatory work prior to the course.

Location & accommodation
Lectures and group work will be at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical University of Varna. Participants have to book their accommodation according instructions given for the participants of NuGOweek 2017. For participants staying at the conference hotels  (Palace hotel and Marina hotel)  a shuttle service will be available on Sunday and Monday morning.
Accommodation in Varna, within walking distance from the Faculty of Pharmacy:
Graffit Hotel Varna
Modus Hotel Varna
Capitol Hotel Varna
Swiss-Belhotel Dimyat Varna,1,2416/swiss-belhotel-varna.html)
The conference venue (Palace Hotel) can be easily reached from these city hotels by taxi (< € 10).

Contact information
For organisational matters please contact Mrs. Ingeborg van Leeuwen-Bol (

Registration & course fee
The course is free of charge for PhD-students and postdoctoral fellows, affiliated with NuGO member organisations who register for NuGOweek and paying the appropriate conference fee. For others the course fee is € 150.  The get together on Saturday and lunch on Sunday – Monday are included.
For registration, please click [].
Registration instructions: mark in which state of your PhD study you are and note who your supervisor/promotor is. You will receive a confirmation of your pre-registration but your participation will only be confirmed after your registration/payment for NuGOweek has been received.


“Advances in the use of new technologies in molecular nutrition studies”
26 – 28 August 2017, Varna, Bulgaria

Saturday 26.8.2017
(Meeting Room of the Faculty of Pharmacy (floor 2), Medical University of  Varna, 84b Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd.)
16:00 Welcome/Fre Pepping
16:10 Dr. Thomas Gundersen, VITAS  AS (Norway)
Dried blood spot biomarker analysis: current  status and future possibilities & demonstration of DBS collection option to have your  own sample analysed by VITAS free of charge
Visit to the Laboratory of Nutrigenomics, Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals  (6th floor)
18:30 Informal get together and introduction to course: objectives for the course, the group assignment with snacks and drinks  (Panoramic hall of the Faculty of Pharmacy (floor 9), MUV, 84b Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd.)

Sunday 27.8.2016

(as before Meeting Room of the Faculty of Pharmacy (floor 2), MUV)
09:00 Dr. Yoana Kiselova, MUV (Bulgaria): Cell culture models to test metabolic flexibility in  nutrition studies
09:45 Dr. Andre Boorsma, TNO (Netherlands): How to apply digital information for personalised nutrition advise.
10.30 Coffee break
11:00 Prof. Christian A. Drevon, Univ. of Olso (Norway): Design of a human intervention study with extensive phenotyping and omics exploitation.
11.45 Lunch at Traditional Bulgarian Restaurant “Staria Chinar” (“The Old Plane Tree”), 2 min walk from the Faculty of Pharmacy
13:30 Sindre Lee, Univ. of Olso  (Norway): Handling of big data from human intervention studies.
14.45  Group assignment: Groups will get different designs and aims for dietary  interventions. Their assignment is to plan the use of the large scale data collection  from sampling until interpretation of the data. The aim is to prepare for applying individual and large scale data in study design/nutrition advise. (Seminar rooms 501, 504, 506, 509 of the Faculty of Pharmacy, floor 5)

Monday 28.8.2016

(as before Meeting Room of the Faculty of Pharmacy (floor 2), MUV
9:00 Group assignment
10.30 Coffee break
10.45 Prof. Hannelore Daniel, TUM (Germany): Models are just modelsNew technologies
11.45 Group presentations including discuss with review panel
13.30 Closing and lunch (package)

Guided visit of the Varna Archaeological Museum and /or City Centre Tour

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