Learning from COVID-19: The Value of Nutrition Across the Care Spectrum

Date: October 7, 2020

Time: 1200 - 1300 hours EDT


Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS)
Leah Gramlich, MD, FRCP, Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Department of Medicine, University of Alberta; Provincial Medical Advisor, Nutrition Services, Alberta Health Services

Heather Keller, RD, PhD, Schlegel Research Chair, Nutrition & Aging, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and University of Waterloo

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN)
Kris M. Mogensen, MS, RD-AP, LDN, CNSC, Team Leader, Dietitian Specialist, Department of Nutrition, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Instructor, Health Sciences, Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN)
Dr. Anne Holdoway (Education Officer for BAPEN, Chair of the Malnutrition Pathway consensus panel and consultant dietitian) and Carolyn Wheatley (Chair of PINNT).

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought heightened attention to the role that nutrition plays in the immune response to infection, its link to comorbidities that predispose one to the virus, and in the long road to recovery. From their unique perspectives, experts from ASPEN, BAPEN and CNS-CMTF will review the impact of COVID-19, the evidence supporting the integral role of nutrition, and provide valuable insights into the challenges that COVID-19 brings to practitioners across the continuum of care. Strategies and practical solutions to overcome these challenges in intensive care, acute care, primary and long-term care will be discussed. Special considerations for transitions of care between settings will also be discussed.

Learning objectives:

By the end of the webinar, attendees will:

  1. Become familiar with the evidence on the importance of nutrition impacting patient outcomes.
  2. Understand the challenges faced by those providing nutrition care to those with COVID-19 in different care settings.
  3. Learn about the potential and trialed solutions to overcome challenges around nutrition care which could be applied to other disease states or clinical events.

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About the Speakers: 

Dr. Leah Gramlich is a physician, nutritionist specialist and Gastroenterologist. She is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta with a cross appointment in Agriculture Life and Environmental Science. She is also Provincial Medical Advisor for Nutrition Services in Alberta Health Services. Dr. Gramlich is dedicated to patient care and has an evolving interest in food for health and in empowering health practitioners with the tools to meet patient needs relative to food and activity for health. She developed “Wellness Rx” an educational approach for undergraduate health professionals focused on nutrition and activity. She is the medical co-lead for Enhanced Recovery After Surgery in Alberta. Her other research interests include nutrition and cancer, nutrition in critical illness, nutrition therapy in the home and nutrition education. She is past president and founding president of the Canadian Nutrition Society. She has sat on the board of directors of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and is current chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force.

Dr. Heather Keller is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and University of Waterloo. She is an internationally recognized expert in geriatric nutrition, assessment, and treatment.  Research areas are focused on nutrition risk and malnutrition identification and treatment across health care sectors; improving nutrition care in hospital; self-management and using screening in the community to improve nutritional status; institutional food and promoting and improving food intake, especially for vulnerable older adults, including those living with dementia. Professor Keller has led several national research and knowledge translation projects and published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and translates much of this evidence into practice with tools and resources.  She is past chair/co-chair (2009-2018) of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force and currently leads the Primary Care working Group of CMTF.

Dr. Kris M. Mogensen is a Team Leader Dietitian Specialist in the Department of Nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Instructor in Health Sciences (Nutrition) at Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Douglass College, Rutgers University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Framingham State University. She has been a registered dietitian for over 25 years, and has specialized in nutrition support for the majority of her career. She has coauthored numerous articles in professional journals, textbook chapters, and professional manuals. Her research focus is the impact of malnutrition on outcomes in critically ill patients. She lectures nationally and internationally on nutrition support and medical nutrition therapy, serves as the Assistant Secretary-Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. She is past chair of ASPEN’s Clinical Practice Committee and Malnutrition Committee.

Dr. Anne Holdoway’s 30-year career as a dietitian includes clinical posts in NHS dietetics, private practice, research and senior management positions in the medical nutrition industry. Anne currently combines consultancy work with clinical practice, is Education Officer for the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) and has just completed a Doctorate undertaking qualitative research on the role of nutrition and diet in palliative care. In recent years Anne has dedicated considerable personal time to work with national organisations and charities including BAPEN, the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), with the aim of influencing standards and provision of nutritional care across care settings. She was awarded the prestigious fellowship of the British Dietetic Association in 2016 for her contribution to the field of nutrition and dietetics. During the COVID-19 pandemic Anne was appointed NHS England Dietetic Enteral Feeding Lead and Chair of the BDA COVID-19 Clinical Guidance Group, to develop resources and provide clinical insights to support nutritional care across the entire patient pathway of those affected by COVID-19.

Carolyn Wheatley is a patient expert and co-founder of PINNT (A support & advocacy group for people on Home Artificial Nutrition) www.pinnt.com and founder member of BAPEN (the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. She has been a patient advocate since the start of her illness more than 36 years ago. She was diagnosed with hollow visceral myopathy at the age of 21 and as a consequence started on Home Parenteral Nutrition. She has been a member on numerous guidelines panels for National Institute for Clinical Excellence and has been be instrumental in ensuring that the patient and carer voice is heard and in the development and implementation of IF services both in hospital and in the wider community in the UK. She is also an author on several ESPEN guidelines.  She is currently serving a second term as a BAPEN executive officer. She campaigns for services and products that enhance the lives for those on HAN and has been is a stronger supporter for securing and improving the provision of homecare in the UK. She also networks with fellow patient groups around the world, sharing and learning contributes to her breath of knowledge. 

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