Fertility and Nutrigenomics - A Panel Discussion


September 28, 2022 2 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. AEST

Join this panel of industry experts, renowned Professor Michael Fenech, Dr Denise Furness and Angelica-Hazel Toutounji, as they share clinical insights on how genetic testing, dietary change and nutritional supplementation can improve fertility outcomes for patients

This panel discussion will explore male and female fertility in the twenty first century, examining how genetics impacts fertility and the role nutritional medicine plays in improving fertility outcomes.

Industry experts Professor Michael Fenech, Dr Denise Furness and Endeavour alumni Angelica-Hazel Toutounji explore fertility and nutrigenomics with three insightful presentations followed by a Q&A discussion.

Our Panelists


Professor Michael Fenech is internationally prominent researcher in nutritional genomics and genetic toxicology and is respectfully recognised for developing the cytokinesis-block micronucleus (CBMN) assay which is now a standard method used internationally to measure DNA damage in human and mammalian cells. He co-founded the HUMN project on micronuclei in human populations in 1997 and the Asia Pacific Nutrigenomics Nutrigenetics Organisation (www.apnno.com) in 2014. From 1990 to 2018 he worked as a principal research scientist in Australia at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in the field of human nutrition. In 1999-2009 his laboratory further developed the lymphocyte CBMN assay into a 'cytome' assay and coordinated the establishment of a similar method for buccal epithelial cells. Both methods are published in Nature Protocols. His key goal is to determine the nutritional, lifestyle, and environmental requirements for DNA damage prevention.

Dr Denise Furness is an internationally renowned nutritional genomics practitioner, medical researcher, author and public speaker. Dr. Denise conducted her Ph.D. at CSIRO Human Nutrition, before completing a postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Adelaide’s Research Centre for Reproductive Health. Specifically, her research investigated folate nutrigenomics, methylation, and DNA damage in relation to pregnancy outcomes. She has published her work in peer-reviewed medical journals and regularly presents at national and international conferences. In 2012 Dr. Denise shifted from academic research to founding her own business at Your Genes & Nutrition, helping patients and practitioners understand the role of nutrigenomics and genetic testing in relation to various health outcomes. In particular, Dr. Denise is passionate about helping couples achieve optimum health and wellness to improve their chances for natural conception and healthy pregnancy outcomes.

Angelica-Hazel Toutounji is an Endeavour Alumni and an Adelaide based clinical Nutritionist, Natural Fertility Educator, the owner of an organic tea company Saha Botanica and mum to two beautiful girls. Angelica-Hazel is extremely passionate about all things women’s health related and is currently completing my Masters in Reproductive Medicine at UNSW.