The IPTN is a not-for-profit multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers, academics, physicians, pharmacists and allied health professionals. It was started in 2016 to advance the idea of personalized, therapeutic nutrition and foster a ‘food first’ culture in Canada for treating chronic diseases.
In our first year, 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.
The IPTN is a timely initiative, motivated by the following realities: