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IPTN Conference

2-3 October 2020,

Vancouver B.C

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IPTN prepares health professionals to safely prescribe Therapeutic Nutrition


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Conducting collaborative multidisciplinary

practice-focused research


Building robust healthcare communities and referral networks


Providing clinical training and certification in Therapeutic Nutrition


Supporting practice change with enabling technology, tools and resources


The IPTN is a not-for-profit collaboration between researchers, academics, practitioners and health decision-makers

IPTN was started in 2016 to advance the idea of personalized, therapeutic nutrition and to foster a 'food first' culture in Canada for treating chronic diseases. Since 2016 we have worked to close the research-practice gap for health professionals by translating evidence into educational programs to support practice change.

We also advocate for therapeutic nutrition as a fundamental and required aspect of patient care. Adoption of a 'food first' approach to treating chronic diseases has the potential to reduce unnecessary suffering and health care costs, and dramatically improve health outcomes and quality of life for Canadians.



Canadians currently living with diabetes / pre-diabetes


estimated diabetes-related costs in Canada by 2020

of Canadians over the age of 18 are living with overweight/obesity

chance of Albertans born before 1997 developing diabetes in their lifetime; 80% for First Nations


Sean McKelvey, BSc(Pharm)

Chief Executive Officer

Eliana Witchell, MSc, RD

Chief Dietitian Officer

Barb Reece, BSN, RN

Chief Operating Officer

Annalijn Conklin, PhD

Miriam Berchuk, MD, FRCPC

Chief Medical Officer

Barbra Allen Bradshaw, MD
Jon Little, PhD

Chief Science Officer

Desiree Neilsen, RD


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