Posted on 09/20/2013 at 10:48:49 AM by Suzanne PriceDr. Suzanne Murphy is Treasurer of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences. She is a long-time ASN member, and we caught up with her at the International Congress of Nutrition in Spain to talk about the importance of international nutrition and her advice for the next class of researchers.
"This has been a particularly interesting meeting. We always learn so much from the work done in other countries. As Treasurer of IUNS, I get to participate in the organization ahead of time which makes this meeting even more rewarding," said Dr. Murphy.
In her 15 years working at a cancer research center in Hawaii, Murphy has a bird's eye view of where nutrition is headed. "The concept of personalized nutrition is important, but at a population level, the intersection of genes and environment is really where the advances are going to be made. We already know certain genetic profiles have risk of cancer, and diet affects people differently. We have the tools now."
Murphy added: "In fact, we have just scratched the surface of nutrition. The public is so much more aware of the importance of diet, that the time is right for research. I am hopeful when I come to a meeting like this and see young investigators from abroad with so much energy. I think we could solve some of the world's problems, especially the double burden of malnutrition and obesity. It's meetings like this that generate ideas for the future of our field."