Update on Malnutrition, Muscle Loss, and Body Composition

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 review key concepts related to malnutrition and muscle assessment; discuss the clinical implications of associated malnutrition and low muscle mass; and examine recent advances in body composition assessment and their use in research and clinical practice. Originally presented at the 119th Abbott Nutrition Research Conference as a live webinar on June 22, 2021.

Course Objectives:

• Review key concepts related to malnutrition and muscle assessment. 
• Discuss the clinical implications of associated malnutrition and low muscle mass. 
• Examine recent advances in body composition assessment and their use in research and clinical practice.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 8.1.2, 8.1.5, 8.2.1
  • Run Time: 18

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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M. Christina Gonzalez, MD, PhD

Professor, Post-Graduate Program in Health and Behavior 
Catholic University of Pelotas 
Pelotas, RS, Brazil
Dr Maria Cristina Gonzalez is a Professor at the Universidade Católica de Pelotas in the Postgraduate Program in Health and Behavior and an Associate Professor at Universidade Federal de Pelotas in the Postgraduate Program in Nutrition and Food and the Postgraduate Program in Epidemiology in Brazil. She received her medical degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas and did her postdoctoral work in parenteral and enteral nutrition, endoscopy, and gastroenterology. She then earned a PhD degree in epidemiology from the Universidade Federal de Pelotas in Brazil and completed postdoctoral work at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. She recently was designed a Fellow of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (FASPEN). Her clinical interests focus on body composition assessment, nutritional assessment, bioelectrical impedance analysis, and nutritional support in surgery, oncology, and geriatrics. Professor Gonzalez is a member of the editorial board of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, International Journal of Nutrology, and Revista Brasileira de Nutrição Clínica. She has published approximately 120 articles in scientific journals and has given more than 250 presentations in her areas of expertise.
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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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