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.

Upcoming CNS Education Webinars

March 28, 2018

12:00 - 13:00 EST

Challenges and Opportunities in Nutrition Research

Speakers: Sharon Kirkpatrick, PhD, RD and Sophie Desroches, PhD, RD

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Research findings and media reports can be at odds with one another, so too can research from different studies. As a result, the role of nutrition in relation to chronic disease and overall health is often perceived as inconsistent by the public and by health professionals. Effective knowledge translation needs to be emphasized to facilitate uptake of evidence-based information by the media, public and knowledge users. A second challenge is improving the reproducibility and rigor of nutrition research. New tools and technologies in dietary assessment such as a web-based dietary assessment tool provide opportunities to strengthen nutrition research. Approaches to improve these fundamental areas are critical for increasing confidence in nutrition science, providing information needed for the public to adopt a healthy diet, and moving the field forward.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe challenges in knowledge translation of nutrition research and approaches to improve knowledge translation,
  2. Discuss challenges in dietary assessment and how new approaches can strengthen nutrition research, and
  3. Apply the information to strengthen their research/practice.
     

About the Speakers: 

Sharon Kirkpatrick, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo 
Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick leads a public health nutrition research program based at the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Her research primarily focuses on understanding dietary patterns in populations and influences on these patterns, using a systems thinking lens to consider the array of factors at play. Much of her work is aimed at improving methodologies for measuring diet to foster a more robust evidence base on the influence of diet on health and the impact of interventions on diet. She has been instrumental in creating freely-available and highly-accessed resources for researchers, including an online dietary assessment primer and a web-based dietary assessment tool. Dr. Kirkpatrick also has longstanding interests in food access among marginalized populations. In 2014, she was one of eight recipients nationally of a Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute Capacity Development Award, which supports early researchers with potential for high impact. She is among 2017’s Highly Cited Researchers and has received two Awards of Merit from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and an Outstanding Performance Award from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Kirkpatrick holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences and Master of Health Science in Community Nutrition from the University of Toronto.

Sophie Desroches, PhD, RD, Associate Professor, Université Laval
Dr. Sophie Desroches, PhD, RD, is an Associate Professor at the School of Nutrition of Laval University, in Quebec City. She is also a research scientist at the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods of Laval University. Her research program aims to identify, develop and evaluate knowledge translation strategies that will optimize adherence to dietary advice. She is the lead author of the Cochrane systematic review “Interventions for enhancing adherence to dietary advice for preventing and managing chronic diseases”. Her more recently funded research projects have explored shared decision making in nutrition counseling, and the use of social media, and more specifically blogs, as knowledge translation strategies to enhance adherence to evidence-based dietary advice for preventing and managing chronic diseases.

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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

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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

 
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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: Coming soon 

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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

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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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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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Webinar description coming soon:

  • Learning description coming soon

About the Speakers:

Kari McKnight, RD
Bio coming soon

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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.