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    Bridging the Gap: Identifying Sarcopenia & Malnutrition in the Older Adult – Considerations for Transitions of Care
    Presented by Carla Prado, PhD, RD & Ainsley M. Malone, MS, RD, LD, CNSC, FAND, FASPEN
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Director, Human Nutrition Research Unit
Associate Professor/CAIP Chair
Nutrition, Food & Health
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB Canada

Dr. Carla Prado is a Professor and Registered Dietitian at the University of Alberta. She directs the Human Nutrition Research Unit, renowned as one of the top research and training facilities for body composition and energy metabolism assessments worldwide.

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 investigate the prevalence and health outcomes of abnormal body composition phenotypes in patients with diverse chronic conditions. She is also developing targeted nutrition interventions to optimize body composition and improve health outcomes.

Dr. Prado is an Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition, the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle, and Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a member of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists - two of the highest academic honors in her country. She has been recognized in the ‘Canada’s Top 40 under 40’ list, named as one of the ‘Most Powerful Women in Canada: Top 100’, and distinguished as a Highly Cited Researcher by ClarivateTM (Web of Science).

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Clinical Practice Specialist
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Columbus, OH USA

Ms. Malone serves as a Clinical Practice Specialist for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) where she works to support clinical practice activities for the organization. She retired in 2023 from her 40-year career as a nutrition support dietitian within the Mt. Carmel Health System in Columbus where she assisted in the management of patients requiring enteral and parenteral nutrition.

Ainsley is a global and national leader in malnutrition related activities having served as an author of the 2012 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics/ASPEN Malnutrition Consensus Characteristics and the 2018 Global Leadership Initiative on Malnutrition (GLIM) consensus characteristics. She is currently serving as Co-Lead of the GLIM Implementation and Dissemination working group. Over her longstanding career, Ainsley has served in many nutrition leadership capacities including President of ASPEN 2013-14 and on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics where she currently serves as Speaker of the House of Delegates.


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