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Isabel Correia, MD, PhD

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, School of Medicine; Gastrointestinal Surgical Department; Belo Horizonte
Minas Gerais, Brazil

Maria Isabel T. D. Correia is a retired professor of surgery at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and chief of the Nutrition Therapy Team at the Alfa Institute of Gastroenterology and Surgery of the University Hospital, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Professor Correia received her medical degree from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 1985. She completed an internship in nutrition at the Hospital das Clínicas of the University of São Paulo and Grupo de Apoio Nutrição Enteral e Parenteral (GANEP) and a surgical residency at the Hospital Semper, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She received her master’s degree from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, her PhD from Universidade de São Paulo and her Post Doc from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. Professor Correia has previously worked at the Intensive Care Unit of Hospital Semper and was chief of the Nutrition Therapy Team at the Instituto Mineiro de Oncologia and Fundação Mário Penna.

Her research interests include the nutritional needs of patients undergoing surgery, mainly liver transplant and cancer. Professor Correia has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to several book chapters. Some of her recently published research investigated the association of food cravings with weight gain, overweight, and obesity in patients after liver transplantation; international perspectives on the epidemiology of weight loss, malnutrition, and sarcopenia; guidance from the GLIM on validating operational criteria for diagnosing protein-energy malnutrition in adults; and skeletal muscle mass in people who are dependent on alcohol or other substances. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board of Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition in Clinical Practice, and the Journal of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition (JPEN); is editor for the gastrointestinal section of Current Opinion in Nutrition and Metabolic Care; is the deputy editor-in-chief of Nutrition and is editor-in-chief of Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões. In 2021 Professor Correia received the Distinguished Nutrition Support International Service Award from the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition; in 2020 she gave two presentations, at GANEPÃO and IBRANUTRO Científico Virtual, both of which received a first-place award. In 2020 she also became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

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Leah Gramlich, MD, FRCP

Professor of Medicine
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dr Leah Gramlich is a Physician, Nutritionist Specialist and Gastroenterologist. She is a Professor in the 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.

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