Nutritional oncology: the tip of the iceberg and what is looming underneath

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Carla Prado, PhD, RD - University of Alberta

This presentation will highlight the importance of nutrition across the cancer disease trajectory, especially focusing on the role of nutritional assessment and intervention in optimizing patient outcomes. The perceived neglected role of nutrition intervention will be discussed, as well as potential solutions to overcome skepticism. Finally, an overview of ongoing randomized controlled trials will be presented, setting the stage for what to expect in the next 5 years of oncology nutrition research.

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Dr. Carla Prado (PhD, RD) is a Professor at the University of Alberta in Canada and a Campus Alberta Innovates (CAIP) Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health. She is the Director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit, a state-of-the-art research and training facility. Dr. Prado is an expert in assessing nutritional status through the precise measurement of body composition and energy metabolism. Her research has substantially contributed to the current understanding of the prevalence and importance of low muscle mass in cancer, and more recently, the energy needs of those living with this disease. The focus of her current research program is to develop targeted nutrition interventions for the prevention and treatment of low muscle mass in these patients. She is currently the Principal Investigator of three randomized controlled trials investigating the impact of nutrition intervention on body composition and health. Dr. Prado holds a dietitian title from both Canada and Brazil. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada, and has completed further training at the Cross Cancer Institute (Canada), the National Institutes of Health (USA) and Newcastle University (UK). She is currently a member of the GLIM Body Composition Working Group, and the Sarcopenic Obesity Consensus Group (ESPEN/EASO). She is an Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle

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