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The Institute for Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition

IPTN is a not-for-profit collaboration between researchers, academics, practitioners, health decision-makers, and the patients we serve.

As Canada’s first charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of evidence-based, personalized therapeutic nutrition, IPTN serves as a catalyst, rapidly moving new evidence from research to practice through training programs, professional leadership, and engagement. 

The adoption of food-based approaches to treat chronic diseases has the potential to reduce unnecessary suffering and health care costs, and dramatically improve health outcomes and quality of life for Canadians. We advocate for therapeutic nutrition as a fundamental and required aspect of patient care. 

44 per cent of Canadian adults are living with a chronic disease
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of Canadians over the age of 18 are living with overweight or obesity

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Canadians currently living with diabetes or prediabetes

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increase projected in the world diabetes rate by 2045

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direct healthcare costs of chronic disease to Canadian healthcare system annually

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  • Incorporation and first strategic planning event with executive team, advisors and board of directors

  • Inaugural website launched

  • Funding secured for 200-participant proof-of-concept clinical trial as a collaboration between IPTN, Mitacs, University of British Columbia (UBC) and Pharmasave


Our history

In 2016, a group of people came together to advance the idea of personalized, therapeutic nutrition and foster a 'food first' culture in Canada for treating chronic diseases; this was the seed that has grown into IPTN. Since then, we have worked to close the research-practice gap for health professionals by translating evidence into educational programs to support practice change. 


Community collaborators
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