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.

April 25, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

Using Social Media in Nutrition Practice and to Share Nutrition Knowledge

Speakers: Audrée-Anne Dumas and Dylan Mackay, PhD

In the smart and highly connected world in which we live, social media offers a promising setting to transfer nutrition knowledge and provide patients and consumers with the strategies and the support they need to adopt healthy dietary behaviours. Part one of this webinar will present a map of the current scientific evidence on the uses, users, and impacts of social media in dietetic practice, show findings from a randomized controlled trial assessing the impact of using a healthy eating blog as a knowledge translation tool on dietary behaviours of French-Canadian women. Part two of the webinar will focus on the use of twitter as a powerful communications medium for nutrition researchers. Tips and strategies for the effective use of twitter, its benefits, including how it can influence your career will be provided in a way to inform both experienced and non-experienced Twitter users.
  1. Define social media and acknowledge their potential as knowledge translation tools to promote healthy eating.
  2. Understand the current state of evidence on social media in nutrition - including who are the users and what are the uses, the impacts and the barriers/facilitators of the use of social media in nutrition - and the evidence gaps to be filed with future research.
  3. Develop effective strategies for using Twitter to promote nutrition research.

About the Speakers:

Audrée-Anne Dumas, RD, PhD(c), Université de Laval
Audrée-Anne Dumas is a registered dietitian currently pursuing doctoral studies at the School of Nutrition and the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods at Laval University under the supervision of Dre Sophie Desroches, R.D., Ph.D. Her research interests focus on the use of social media to improve knowledge translation in nutrition and to promote healthy eating behaviour change. She is now working on a randomized controlled trial assessing the impact of using a healthy eating blog as a knowledge translation tool on dietary and food-related behaviours of French-Canadian women.

Dylan Mackay, PhD, University of Manitoba
Dylan MacKay is a nutritional biochemist who specializes in human clinical trials and inter-individual variability. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and a Clinical Trialist at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, at the University of Manitoba. His research focuses on lifestyle and chronic disease risk . He is also very interested in combating nutritional misinformation, especially on the internet and social media

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May 23, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

Novel Approaches to Promote Healthy Eating

Speakers: Vicky Drapeau, PhD and Shirin Panahi, PhD


This webinar will document recent progress in research pertaining to the characterization of diet quality and novel approaches to promote healthy eating. Specifically, this session will discuss the (1) relationship between the best markers of diet quality such as dairy products (i.e. yogurt), fruits and vegetables and metabolic health in youth and adults and (2) implementation of web-based nutrition interventions as a strategy to help youth and families adopt healthy eating habits and increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products in these populations.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify which foods/food groups, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, may play a role in the control of body weight and metabolic health;
  • Understand the role of factors such as genetic susceptibility to obesity in the relationship between foods/food groups and body weight and metabolic health;
  • Learn about an innovative school and/or family-based nutrition program that has positively impacted the consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products in youth and adults and their effect on various eating behaviour traits;
  • Describe how using web-based or technological platforms may help youth adopt healthy eating habits that will have implications later in adulthood. 

About the Speakers: 

Dr. Shirin Panahi is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Departments of Physical Education and Kinesiology at Université Laval. Her education includes a B.Sc. (Hon) in life sciences and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of Toronto.  She is a past recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Canadian Diabetes Association (currently Diabetes Canada) and a current recipient of the Mitacs Accelerate fellowship in partnership with Alliance Santé Québec, a non-profit organization which promotes health and well-being in the province of Québec. Dr. Panahi was also the recipient of the CNS Gordon F. Mutch Young Investigator Award in Diabetes Research (2013) and CIHR-INMD/CNS Postdoctoral Partnership Prize (2017). Her research work has included both clinical interventions and epidemiological studies exploring the relationship between diet and its components, appetite control, metabolic health and lifestyle factors such as physical activity in both adults and children. As part of the Yogurt in Nutrition Initiative, she and her colleagues are currently examining the relationships between yogurt/calcium consumption, body weight and metabolic profiles in adults and children/adolescents with a familial predisposition to obesity in three large cohorts including the Québec Family Study (QFS), QUébec Adipose and Lifestyle InvesTigation in Youth (QUALITY) and HEalth, RIsk factors, exercise Training And GEnetics (HERITAGE) studies which have application in the promotion of healthy eating and lifestyle strategies and the design of programs and interventions to support health.  

Dr. Vicky Drapeau is a Professor at the Department of Physical Education at Laval University.  She is also a dietitian, co-founder and co-ordinator of the Clinique de nutrition Équilibre-Santé at the Faculty which is a consultation clinic comprised of dietitians who work together to promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Dr. Drapeau received her B.Sc. (Nutrition), M.Sc. (Physical Education) and Ph.D. (Kinesiology) at Laval University.  During her Ph.D. she completed an advanced course in biopsychology, eating behavior and appetite control in Leeds, England.  Dr. Drapeau's research focuses on the impact of eating behaviors and appetite control on body weight and health. Her work in the field of obesity treatment aimed to improve preventive and therapeutic approach of obesity that is based on a proper strategy of diagnosis and original, relevant clinical research. More specifically, her work emphasizes the fact that many behavioral traits are associated with higher body weight or altered metabolic profile. Her work on appetite control aims to characterize individuals with reduced appetite sensation responses after a test meal (i.e. the low satiety phenotype) and the development of dietary interventions having the potential to promote satiety with a spontaneous reduced energy intake through highly satiating diets. Lately, she also developed an interest in the promotion of healthy lifestyle with the conception of a nutrition program in schools to help children and youth adopt and maintain healthy eating habits. Her work has led to over 75 publications, 7 book chapters, more than 200 abstracts and presentations and the training of several graduate students in the past 12 years. Her research has received continuous peer-reviewed grant support including being the recipient of the 2015 Yogurt in Nutrition Initiative grant awarded to one investigator each year. Dr. Drapeau teaches several undergraduate courses each year including nutrition, exercise physiology and physical activity and lectures in other courses given by other professors. She also serves as a consultant to government, universities and members of the food industry.

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June 13, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

Diabetes Prevention: Overview of the initiative in the U.S. with lessons learned

Speakers: Julie Parrott, MS, RD, ACE-CPT, Formulas for Fitness, Clinical Director and RD


Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases world-wide. Out of the G7 countries*, the United States has the greatest number (11%) of people diagnosed with diabetes. Canada has the second highest rate (8%).

We know that diabetes can cause serious health issues if not treated. In fact, about 2 out of every 5 Americans are expected to develop Type 2 Diabetes in their lifetime.  In Canada, a new diagnosis of Diabetes occurs every 3 minutes. In prediabetes, blood sugars are elevated but not enough to be diagnosed as diabetes  (i.e. a fasting plasma glucose level of 7.0 mmol/L or higher or between 100-125 mg/dL). Prediabetes occurs in more than 1 out of 3 adults with upwards of 90% unaware of its presence. Detecting and intervening at the prediabetes stage can decrease the risk of developing type 2 Diabetes by almost 60%. Thus, a key public health effort is to intervene before the development of diabetes when excess blood sugar in the bloodstream can cause severe and irreversible damage.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe two of the program components provided by the Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • Recall one of the reasons that the Diabetes Prevention Program was initiated in the United States.
  • Identify one of the “lessons learned” and how this lesson might apply to their particular practice.

*Group of 7 (G7), informal bloc of 7 industrialized, democratic nations with the most advanced economies.

About the Speakers: Julie studied both exercise physiology and nutrition for her Bachelor’s degree and clinical psychology and nutrition for her Master of Science degree. She has worked in multiple settings, ranging from clinical research, industry, hospital in-patient, outpatient and community.  Weight management, bariatric surgery and diabetes prevention has been her primary focus. She is a registered dietitian and a certified health coach, personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She is lead author for the 2016 American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Nutrition Guidelines update and co-author of the 2008 ASMBS Nutrition Guidelines for the Surgical Weight Loss Patient. Julie continues to remain active in ASMBS Clinical Issues and Guidelines, Integrated Health Editor for the journal, Surgery for Obesity and Related Disorders (SOARD. She currently works with and with the Diabetes Prevention Program for Population Health at CentraState Medical Center. 

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September 20, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

New Guidelines and Evolving Evidence for Infant Feeding and Food Allergies

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


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 ( 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 (, 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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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


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.