Figure. A 3D printed nutritive construct and a microfibril of living tissue for personalized delivery of nutrition.
Personalized nutrition leverages human individuality to drive nutrition strategies that optimize health and prevent, manage and treat disease. Personalized nutrition is the concept of adapting food to individual needs. While it has become apparent that consumers respond differently to diet, depending on the content of food or nutritional supplements, it has been shown that having a generic formula that satisfies the needs of different individuals may not be working effectively per se. Personalization of dietary needs has emerged as a strategy which relies on the use of an individual’s information that takes into account a person’s genetic background, microbiome, geographical effectors and other parameters that affect the accessibility and metabolism of nutrients. This enables the delivery of highly-tailored, customizable nutritional advice and products.
In the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation, we are adapting our recent technologies for personalized medicine, tissue engineering and drug delivery to engineer personalized food, nutrition and related biosensing devices. Individualized 3D-printable nutritional snacks and the development and design of personalized protein and food resources, as well as nutritional delivery and sensing apparatuses are among the approaches that we are pursuing in our research.