CNS Webinar Series

The CNS is proud to launch a new webinar series to our range of education offerings. These webinars provide ideal opportunities to bring key experts and opinion leaders to our network to present on focused nutrition topics chosen by our Education Committee.

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Archived webinars will be available for download from the CNS Education Portal to members and non-members to view at their discretion, and to use as important teaching tools.

June 21, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

Part 1 of 2: Can we help 'new moms' eat better to help prevent allergies in their babies?

Speaker: Catherine J. Field, PhD RD,Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Science, University of Alberta


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An infant’s immune system develops early in life and one of the most important functions is the ability to learn how to ‘tolerate’ foods in their diet.  Failure to develop immune tolerance results in in food allergies. There is an increasing incidence of food related allergies in infants and the diet is likely one of the causes.  Breast feeding reduces the risk of developing allergies, but recent studies have suggested that there are foods and nutrients that mom can eat while breast feeding that can improve immune tolerance and even further reduce the chance that her child will develop a food allergy. This seminar will present new recommendations and research that provides evidence that we can feed our babies better to prevent food allergies.. 

About the Speaker:
Catherine Jane Field, PhD, RD
Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Science,
University of Alberta

Catherine Field obtained her PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism the University of Alberta followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University.  She began her academic career at the U of Alberta in 1991. Her research program centers on the effect of nutrition on the development of the immune system and the role of specific fatty acids in the treatment of breast cancer.  She is a co-PI for the large maternal infant cohort, APrON (Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition), She has published more than 250 peer reviewed publications.  She has received the McCalla and Killam Professorships from the University of Alberta, and the Earl Willard McHenry Award for Leadership in Nutrition from the Canadian Nutrition Society. Dr. Field currently serves on the International Life Sciences Board of Trustees, is an Associate Editor for the American Society for Nutrition review journal Advances in Nutrition and is the 2018/2019 president of the American Society for Nutrition.
 

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September 20, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

Part 2 of 2: New Guidelines and Evolving Evidence for Infant Feeding and Food Allergies

Speakers: Edmond S. Chan MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI and Meghan Azad, PhD

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Pediatric societies around the world have recently reversed their recommendations regarding when to introduce allergenic foods (such as peanut and egg) to infants. This webinar will summarize the latest evidence from observational studies and clinical trials on infant feeding (breastfeeding and the introduction of allergenic foods) and food allergy development.  The specific learning objectives are:

  • Describe the new guidelines for allergenic food introduction to infants
  • Summarize the evidence that informed these guidelines
  • Discuss the potential role of breastfeeding in this context
  • Identify current research priorities in this field

About the Speakers:

Edmond S. Chan MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI
Head, Division of Allergy & Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Edmond S. Chan is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Pediatrics and Clinical Immunology and Allergy, after having completed a residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Clinical Immunology and Allergy (2004).  He sees patients in the Allergy clinic at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  He created the University of British Columbia (UBC) Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy fellowship training program (the only one west of Manitoba), and was its first program director (2009-13).  He has been the Head of the Division of Allergy & Immunology within the Department of Pediatrics since 2013, and is a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC.  He is a Clinical Investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and runs a large research program dedicated to multiple aspects of pediatric food allergy and eosinophilic esophagitis. 

Dr. Chan has been on the Board of directors of the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (CSACI) since 2010, and is the youngest ever recipient of the Jerry Dolovich Award (awarded in 2017 for demonstrating excellence in clinical work, teaching, and research, and serving as a leader and role model for the specialty).  He is on the Executive of the Allergy Section within the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS).  He is the principal author of the 2013 CPS Position statement on Dietary exposures and allergy prevention in high-risk infants.  He is co-author for the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) / National Institutes of Health Food Allergy guidelines on Prevention of Peanut allergy, recently published in January 2017.

Meghan Azad, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease
Research Scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics & Child Health, University of Manitoba

Dr. Meghan Azad leads a research program (www.azadlab.ca) focused on the role of infant nutrition and gut microbiota in the development of asthma, allergies and obesity. Her team has established that breast milk feeding mode (at the breast vs. pumped breast milk) is associated with asthma risk, and shown that maternal peanut consumption while breastfeeding may help protect against peanut sensitization.

Dr. Azad co-leads the Manitoba site of the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study (www.canadianchildstudy.ca), a national pregnancy cohort following 3500 children to understand how early life experiences shape lifelong health. She is directing multiple projects related to lactation and infant feeding practices in the CHILD cohort, including integrated studies linking human milk composition and gut microbiota with epigenetic profiles and clinical phenotypes. Dr. Azad serves on the Executive Council for the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation, and the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada. Her research is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Research Manitoba, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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September 24, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

Integrated Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care - How We Made It Work

Speakers: Malnutrition Screening Working Group at St Michael’s Hospital

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St Michael’s Hospital (SMH) is a 500-bed acute/quaternary care hospital located in the core of Toronto. In November 2017, SMH began implementation of the Integrated Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care (INPAC). Approximately 1200 in-patients a month are screened using the Canadian Nutrition Screen Tool (CNST) with about a quarter of patients screening positive for being at nutrition risk. Subjective Global Assessment (SGA) is completed by Registered Dietitians (RDs) on approximately 60% of patients with positive screens. The webinar will communicate the SMH journey from the initial steps taken by the Registered Dietitians’ Practice Council to the inclusion of many different health disciplines in implementing INPAC at St. Michael’s Hospital. Information on the screening and management process and identified challenges will be presented, as well as information about the implementation of a medical directive allowing RDs to make and communicate a diagnosis of malnutrition; engagement with volunteers to facilitate bedside meal assistance; red placemats as a bedside trigger for malnutrition; and optimization of existing resources. The webinar will also briefly explore on-going nutrition screening for specialized populations not targeted by INPAC such as patients with cystic fibrosis, mental health challenges or those receiving hemodialysis. 

 


About the Speakers: 

The presenters are members of the Malnutrition Screening Working Group at St Michael’s Hospital. The initial energy and focus came from the Registered Dietitians Practice Council, the governance body of RDs at SMH. Malnutrition evolved to a corporate level through connection with the Senior Friendly Hospital Initiative. Presenters are RDs, Dietetic Assistants, food service staff, an RD Practice Manager and a research coordinator who lead various aspects of the implementation of the Malnutrition Screening initiative at St. Michael’s Hospital.  

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September 25, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

Malnutrition as a phenotype vs Malnutrition due to insufficient intake

Speakers: Dr. Khursheed Jeejeebhoy, Manon Laporte P.Dt, MSc, CNSC and Dr. Donald Duerksen

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Loss of body tissues resulting in wasting is a common phenotype for several different conditions which can be caused by a combination of reduced food intake, excessive requirements, altered metabolism, sepsis, trauma, ageing and inactivity. They have been referred to loosely as “malnutrition” but not all will respond to simply providing nutrients. This webinar will provide a review of phenotypes: Malnutrition, Cachexia and Sarcopenia, their common features and the differences as they relate to cause and response to treatment.

At the end of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the key concept that is fundamental in the diagnosis of malnutrition
  2. Make a distinction between malnutrition and the wasting conditions cachexia and sarcopenia.

About the Speakers:

Dr. Khursheed Jeejeebhoy
Bio to come

Manon Laporte RD MSc CNSC
Manon Laporte graduated from Université Laval in Québec and after 7 years of practice, completed a Master in Sciences at Université de Moncton, New Brunswick (NB). She is certified in nutrition support (A.S.P.E.N) and address on a daily basis the issue of malnutrition in hospitalized patients at Vitalité Health Network, NB. She is also consultant for the NB Provincial Drugs & Therapeutics Committee (parenteral nutrition). In the past 20 years, Manon has been involved in different research projects and publications related to nutrition screening and malnutrition and speaker on these topics. Manon is member of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (CMTF) since its early stage. Among the others, she was the site investigator for the Nutrition Care in Canadian Hospital Study for two hospitals in NB and conducted the study on the validation and reliability assessment of the Canadian Nutrition Screening Tool. Manon was also involved in the development of the CMTF SGA education package.

Dr. Donald Duerksen
Dr Duerksen is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba in the section of Gastroenterology.  He is also the Medical Director of the Manitoba Home Nutrition Program and Medical Advisor for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Department of Nutrition.  He is one of the founding members of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force.  His research interests include malnutrition in hospitalized patients, complications of TPN and enteral nutrition, and celiac disease.  He has been active in teaching nutrition assessment to physicians, dietitians, dietetic interns, and medical students.

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September 26, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

Le comité sentinelle de la malnutrition, l’engagement interdisciplinaire pour contrer la malnutrition en centre de soins aigus

Speaker: Mélissa Lagacé, Dt.P., MBA

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À partir des travaux du Groupe de travail canadien sur la malnutrition, plusieurs facteurs influençant les apports alimentaires des usagers et donc la malnutrition hospitalière ont été identifiés. Avec pour objectif d’agir sur les différents facteurs, le comité sentinelle de la malnutrition de l’Institut de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec (IUCPQ) a été créé. Ce comité regroupe des représentants du secteur de la nutrition clinique, des services alimentaires et des soins infirmiers. Les différentes idées novatrices et applicables proposées lors des rencontres visent à mettre en œuvre des actions permettant d’augmenter le dépistage, de traiter et de conscientiser tout le personnel à la malnutrition. Chaque personne œuvrant dans un centre hospitalier peut avoir un impact sur les apports alimentaires des usagers. Les processus hospitaliers (examen) ainsi que l’organisation des soins ont une influence directe sur les apports des usagers. Le comité sentinelle de la malnutrition est un exemple de pratique qui permet de trouver et de mettre en place en équipe des solutions pour contrer les obstacles qui empêchent les patients de s’alimenter correctement.

About the Speaker:

Mélissa Lagacé
Mme Mélissa Lagacé occupe actuellement un poste de Coordonnatrice professionnelle de la nutrition clinique à l'Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec. Elle est la fondatrice de la Table d’échange des Décideurs clés de Québec, qu’elle a créé il y a 4 ans pour favoriser le réseautage et le partage des activités d’implantation du dépistage de la malnutrition. En plus de la coordination des activités cliniques des nutritionnistes, elle travaille activement au développement de la pratique professionnelle des techniciennes en diététique. Détentrice d'un baccalauréat en nutrition et d'une maîtrise en administration des affaires, Mme Lagacé œuvre depuis 2002 dans le réseau de la santé.

Ms. Mélissa Lagacé works as the Professional Coordinator of the Clinical Nutrition department at the Quebec Hearth and Lung Institute (IUCPQ). She is the founder of the Table d’échange des Décideurs clés de Québec (Quebec Key decision maker committee), which she created 4 years ago to promote networking and sharing of the malnutrition screening tools. In addition to coordinating the nutritionists’ clinical activities, she works actively to develop the professional practice of the dietetic technicians. With a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition and a Master's degree in Business Administration, Ms. Lagacé has been working in the health network since 2002.

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September 27, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

Hospital Foodservice Standards and Practices to Prevent Malnutrition

Speakers: Heather Fletcher RD and Janice Sorensen PhD

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Evidence-based hospital foodservice standards will help to ensure that food is an effective first line of defense to prevent and treat malnutrition. Current standards and practices will be shared by the Food in Healthcare Working Group of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force and next steps towards the implementation of Canadian standards will be discussed.

About the Speakers:

Heather Fletcher RD
Heather Fletcher is a Dietitian and the Senior Director of Support Services at the Providence, St. Joseph’s, St Michaels’ Hospital network in Toronto.  Prior to this role she was the Manager for Food Services at St. Michael’s Hospital and brings over 25 years of experience working in healthcare food service environments.
She has also been an instructor for Food and Nutrition Management- MGMT 400 - at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Art at George Brown College and participates in the training and teaching of food service management to the St. Michaels’ dietetic interns.    She is a member of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force Advisory Committee.

Janice Sorensen PhD
Janice Sorensen is a dietitian and PhD in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Copenhagen. She has worked at Aalborg University (Meal Science & Public Health Nutrition) and Metropolitan University College (Global Nutrition & Health) in Denmark. She has researched patient hospital foodservice satisfaction in Edmonton, implementation of nutrition risk screening and association with clinical outcome and food development to optimise patients' dietary intake and reduction of food waste in the hospital. She moved to Vancouver in 2016 and works at Langara College teaching for a CSNM accredited Nutrition & Food Service Management program and is a member of CMTF.

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September 28, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

Looking back and moving forward; a decade of CMTF

Speaker: Heather Keller RD, PhD, FDC

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The Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (CMTF) was established in 2009 to address the longstanding problem of hospital malnutrition. Over the past decade, CMTF has conducted rigorous research, worked collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders to improve the practice of nutrition care, and has become the 'go to' source for credible information to support practice change with respect to the prevention, detection, and treatment of malnutrition in Canada. The future is equally bright with new opportunities and spread of the work of CMTF beyond hospital care. This webinar will provide historical overview of CMTF from its inception to the future advocacy work of this standing committee of the Canadian Nutrition Society.  

About the Speaker:

Heather Keller RD, PhD, FDC
Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging; Professor, Kinesiology, University of Waterloo
Research Scientist, Agri-food for Healthy Aging, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging 

Heather Keller RD PhD is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at the University of Waterloo. Research programs cross the continuum of care and are focused on improving the nutritional status and food intake of older adults. In her acute care program of research her work is focused on improving food quality and nutrition care processes to prevent, detect and treat malnutrition. As the co-chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force, she leads an interprofessional team to translate research into practice and advocate for improvements in nutrition care. Professor Keller has led several national research and knowledge translation projects, including the landmark Nutrition Care in Canadian Hospitals and More-2-Eat studies. This research has provided a foundation for implementation research that is currently underway. Current projects include phase 2 of More-2-Eat and the Hospital Patient Food Satisfaction study.  Professor Keller has published widely and translates research into practice with practitioner tools and resource.

 
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October 17, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

Assessing Protein Needs Across the Spectrum of Renal Failure - Practical Guidance for Diet Management

Speakers: Kari McKnight, RD, Alberta Health Services

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Assessing the necessary protein requirements of those in renal failure is a significant challenge, particuarly because the needs change at various stages of the disease. This webinar is support the following learning outcomes:

  • To understand the role of protein in renal disease
  • To review the protein requirements at the different stages of kidney disease
  • To review other key nutrient considerations in renal diseas

About the Speakers:

Kari McKnight, RD
Kari McKnight has been a registered dietitian for over a decade, most of that time has been spent in nephrology. Kari graduated from the University of Alberta in 1998, spent the next year living in South Africa coaching synchronized swimming, then returned to Edmonton in early 2000 to complete her dietetic internship.  Kari has been employed with Alberta Health Services since 2002 and is currently the Provincial Program Lead for the renal dietitians in Alberta. Her current role also includes a clinical position in the area of hemodialysis. Her passion includes the role of the dietitian in the identification and treatment of protein-energy wasting in hemodialysis patients.

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CNS Industry-sponsored Webinar Series

Over and above the specific CNS webinars series, the CNS can host additional webinars of topics of interest to sponsors and partners. The proposed topics and speakers must be approved by the CNS Education Committee and Executive Council, and are subject to availability within the CNS webinar schedule. The decision on content, the execution, and the management of the webinars remains exclusively with CNS.

For more information, please contact the CNS Executive Director.