The Future of Nutrition Intervention to Address Malnutrition and Muscle Loss

Program Date: 22 June 2021
Publication Date: 28 October 2021
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 0.5; Dietitian CPEU: 0.5

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll summarize available evidence on mechanisms that lead to loss of muscle mass, strength, and physical function; review data on existing interventions and novel nutrients/ingredients under investigation to support strength and physical function; and describe potential implications of nutrition interventions for public health programs. Originally presented at the 119th Abbott Nutrition Research Conference as a live webinar on June 22, 2021.

Course Objectives:

• Summarize available evidence on mechanisms that lead to loss of muscle mass, strength, and physical function. 
• Review data on existing interventions and novel nutrients/ingredients under investigation to support strength and physical function. 
• Describe potential implications of nutrition interventions for public health programs and messages to support healthy aging.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.2, 8.1.5, 8.2.2
  • Run Time: 18

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Phillip J Atherton, PhD, AFHEA

Chair, Clinical, Metabolic, and Molecular Physiology School of Medicine 
Faculty, Medicine and Health Sciences 
University of Nottingham 
Derby, UK
Prof. Dr. Philip J. Atherton is Chair of Clinical, Metabolic, and Molecular Physiology at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. He received a 1st Class BSc degree, and a higher PhD degree (in 2005) focusing upon protein metabolism, myogenic signaling, and gene expression regulation in skeletal muscle, from the University of Central Lancashire. His current research involves an expansive combining of detailed pre/clinical molecular physiology with the application of stable isotope methodologies and the integration of OMIC techniques to discover predictors of the mechanistic basis for, and how to mitigate musculoskeletal declines in aging and myriad related diseases. Prof. Atherton, with a H-index of 57 and ~15000 citations, has published ~150 peer-reviewed articles and 6 invited book chapters. He is a senior editor for Experimental Physiology, Applied Physiology, Nutrition & Metabolism, and Nutrients, journals.
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Carla Prado, PhD, RD

Professor and Campus Alberta Innovate Program Chair 
Director, Human Nutrition Research Unit 
University of Alberta 
Edmonton, Canada
Dr. Carla Prado is a professor at the University of Alberta in Canada and a Campus Alberta Innovate Program (CAIP) Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health. She is also the director of the Human Nutrition Research Unit. Dr. Prado received her PhD in human nutrition and metabolism from the University of Alberta, Canada, and is a registered dietitian in both Canada and Brazil. Dr. Prado is an expert in assessing nutritional status through the precise measurement of body composition and energy metabolism. The focus of her current research program is to develop targeted nutrition interventions for the prevention and treatment of low muscle mass in patients with diverse conditions. She is currently the principal investigator for four randomized controlled trials investigating the impact of nutrition intervention on body composition and health. 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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