Researchers from across the country will gather in Charlotte for a symposium focused on genomics related health issues.

“Who We Are and What We Eat: The Role of Metabolomics and Nutrigenomics in Creating Healthier Foods and Healthier Lives” is set for April 16-17. The event is being hosted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Researchers also will be introduced to the North Carolina Research Campus, which is being built in nearby Kannapolis.

In addition to UNCC, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, North Carolina State University, N.C. A&T and N.C. Central are helping put on the event.

More than 300 researchers are expected to attend.

Research topics include: development of nutritionally improved crops; bioactives in agriculture; new ways of studying nutrient-gene interactions; the use of metabolomics and nutrigenomics as clinical tools; and how bioinformatics can facilitate new discoveries.

Metabolomics is the study of small molecules, such as glucose and cholesterol, that are produced by cellular metabolism. The metabolome is the catalog of those molecules in a specific organism.