Malnutrition and Muscle Loss: Immunity and COVID-19

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 describe the relationship between COVID-19 and the nutrition status of patients; review new data on COVID-19, and its implications for nutrition care - from hospital to home; and translate current knowledge for the nutritional management of COVID-19 patients into practical guidance for clinicians. Originally presented at the 119th Abbott Nutrition Research Conference as a live webinar on June 22, 2021.

Course Objectives:

• Describe the relationship between COVID-19 and the nutrition status of patients. 
• Review new data on COVID-19, and its implications for nutrition care - from hospital to home. 
• Translate current knowledge for the nutritional management of COVID-19 patients into practical guidance for clinicians.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 4.1.2, 8.1.2, 8.2.1
  • Run Time: 17

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Francesco Landi, MD, PhD

Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics 
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart 
Chief, Geriatric Rehabilitation Unit 
A. Gemelli University Hospital 
Rome, Italy

Professor Landi is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Geriatric at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart, in Rome. He is a specialist in geriatric medicine and gerontology and director of the rehabilitation geriatric unit of the “A. Gemelli” Hospital (Rome, Italy). He is also director of the teaching nursing homes of the Catholic University (L’Aquila, Italy). 

He is a member of scientific committee of the Italian Geriatric Society. Francesco Landi is a member of the editorial board of several International geriatric journals and a peer reviewer for numerous International medical journals. He has acted as the principal investigator in many multicenter national and international trials. He is a member of national and international expert groups that work on guidelines in the field of nutrition and functionality in elderly subjects. 

He has over 120 peer-reviewed original papers in International medical journals, many of which are in the area of frailty and functional status of older people. Professor Landi is particularly interested in the role of nutrition as part of the integrated care of older adults and participated in the development of the European Consensus on Sarcopenia Definition and Diagnosis.

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Carla Prado, PhD, RD

Professor and Campus Alberta Innovate Program (CAIP) 
Chair in Nutrition, Food and Health 
Director, Human Nutrition Research Unit, Division of Human Nutrition 
University of Alberta 
Edmonton, Alberta, 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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