Aberrant DNA methylation patterns underlie disease and aging. While some DNA methylation marks are durable and not subject to environmental influence, in many other biological areas, DNA methylation is malleable, which unlocks the opportunity for epigenetic impact—modifying gene expression. In this MAPS talk, Dr. Kara Fitzgerald shares vanguard research and pragmatic clinical insights on the modifiable nutrition-related and lifestyle factors that can either negatively or positively influence the methylome and, therefore, the health and longevity of patients.
Kara Fitzgerald, ND, IFMCP received her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first Counsel on Naturopathic Medicine-accredited postdoctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory (now Genova Diagnostics) under the direction of Richard Lord, PhD. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Fitzgerald is the lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine and is a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)’s Textbook for Functional Medicine. Most recently, with Romilly Hodges, she coauthored the eBook Methylation Diet and Lifestyle. Dr. Fitzgerald has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and lectures globally on Functional Medicine. Dr. Fitzgerald is an IFM faculty member and an IFM Certified Practitioner. She is also a clinician researcher for The Institute for Therapeutic Discovery. Dr. Fitzgerald runs a Clinical Development Program for professionals and maintains an active blog and podcast series on her website, DrKaraFitzgerald.com. Her clinical practice is in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.