ANNUAL REPORT

our first six years

Since 2016, the Institute for Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition has been working toward a vision of a healthier society, where people with chronic conditions have more options in their treatment. 

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

When I started exploring the concept of therapeutic nutrition, it was the experience of a friend that sparked this journey for me. She had lived with Type 2 diabetes for 13 years and through a new diet, she was able to stop taking medications and have normal glucose control, without dramatic weight loss. Using the power of food, with the advice of her physician, she changed her life. 

 

Healthcare professionals learn about minimizing consequences of chronic conditions, like diabetes, but hearing about someone being able to stop using medication through nutrition was incredible. As a pharmacist, it wasn’t something I had been told was possible.

 

It has since evolved from a big idea to a registered charity making a genuine effort to change the conversation about chronic disease treatment. We have a vision of making therapeutic nutrition a viable treatment option for Canadians living with chronic conditions. 

I am incredibly proud of the work we have achieved over the past six years. We have built something from scratch, with the passion of dedicated volunteers committed to growing an idea into something more. I am grateful to the many people who selflessly shared themselves with us on this journey – without you, IPTN wouldn’t be possible.

Sean McKelvey

SEAN MCELVEY
Chief Executive Officer

Institute for Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition

 

WHY THERAPEUTIC
NUTRITION
MATTERS

 

Everyone diagnosed with a chronic disease deserves to have hope and choice. Hope that, with treatment, they can have a good quality of life, and choice in the type of treatment they are offered.

 

Therapeutic nutrition is a way for people to use personalized eating strategies to reduce or reverse specific chronic conditions or symptoms of a chronic disease. Working with a healthcare professional and drawing on mounting scientific evidence, it can be used instead of medication to reduce the impacts of a chronic condition.   

While diets and lifestyle interventions have long been associated with preventing disease and promoting general wellness, therapeutic nutrition is similar to taking an antibiotic to treat an infection – a more intense, time-limited therapy. When prescribed by a health professional, it can be as effective as medications or surgery. 

The Institute for Therapeutic Nutrition sees a future where food is a respected path to treat chronic disease and create a healthier society.  

46% increase
projected world diabetes rate, by 2045

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$68 billion
direct health care costs of chronic disease to Canadian healthcare system annually

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Canadian adults with a common chronic disease
 

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335

pharmacists or physicians

trained in therapeutic nutrition
 

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43

webinars hosted

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5

articles

published

by an IPTN

staff member

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7+

university affiliations

8

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collaborative

research projects

since launch

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2,100+

Community of Practice members

WHAT WE DO

For people living with chronic disease, balancing medication, health outcomes, and mental health is ongoing. IPTN sees a future where food is a respected path to treat chronic disease and create a healthier society.  

IPTN is working to prepare health professionals to safely prescribe therapeutic nutrition and empower people to explore food-first treatment options that are informed by science.

We are doing this in a few important ways.
Connect and collaborate with global medical experts to discover and grow the science of therapeutic nutrition to transform the way society thinks about and manages chronic disease. 
Teach and apply knowledge to change clinical practices faster through training, certification, scientific conferences, Community of Practice, and other opportunities. 
Empower people living with chronic conditions to explore different treatment choices with the trust they will be safely supported in the process by their healthcare professional
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Therapeutic Nutrition: individually tailored nutrition designed to manage or reverse a patient’s specific medical condition(s) 

key terms

Chronic condition: a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with age, usually lasting more than three months and getting worse over time 

Healthcare professional: physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, and other medical professionals who support a patient’s health journey 

 
 

2016

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

  • Inaugural website launched

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

 
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OUR GOALS FOR
A HEALTHIER CANADA

IPTN has a vision for a healthier society that chooses personalized food-based approaches to optimize health and prevent or reverse chronic disease. We are leading change toward a future where food-based treatment is an accessible and accepted treatment option for chronic disease.

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ON THE RIGHT PATH:
JOURNEY TO ACHIEVING CHARITABLE STATUS

Achieving charitable status in 2020 has allowed IPTN to strategically expand to advance their mission, giving patients renewed hope for the future. With this important designation, IPTN is positioned to study the therapeutic nutrition field alongside diverse partners and translate this knowledge to best serve the public.

 
 

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

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CREATING HOPE THAT
TYPE 2 DIABETES REMISSION IS POSSIBLE

Led with support from IPTN, a 12-week clinical trial assessing the effects of a low calorie, low carbohydrate diet facilitated by community pharmacists suggests this approach could contribute to the remission of type 2 diabetes in adult patients.

 

MAKING TIME
FOR GIVING BACK

IPTN prides itself on building respectful, functional relationships with other networks and decision-makers to transform the way society thinks about chronic disease. Through collaboration and connection, our community is working together to improve the quality of life for millions of Canadians.

 

From the beginning, the work of IPTN has been made possible thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, including our many expert advisors, who are volunteers from across Canada and around the world.  

IPTN volunteers help our organization raise awareness about therapeutic nutrition and get information to interested parties to form critical partnerships. Volunteers are also providing invaluable feedback that is helping IPTN grow and reach new heights.

180+

volunteers engaged

We are so grateful to our volunteers for offering their time and insight for this cause. From dietitians, physicians,  pharmacists, nurses, and more, our volunteers have diverse perspectives and we have created a solid community of practice that is helping us achieve our goals.

 

Barb Reece, COO 

 
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REMISSION HOPE TRAVELS TO KENYA AS IPTN CREATES
THERAPEUTIC NUTRITION HUB

52 million 

adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes in Africa (International Diabetes Federation)

IPTN and the University of Nairobi are working together to create a Therapeutic Nutrition Hub and Type 2 Diabetes Remission Centre of Excellence in Kenya, broadening the reach of the knowledge and research conducted to help global health and wellness.

BRINGING A COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO BETTER SUPPORT CANADIANS' HEALTH

Community is at the heart of IPTN and its work - bringing diverse partners together to research, learn and share information about therapeutic nutrition more broadly. IPTN has convened thousands of healthcare professionals since it launched through a unique Community of Practice, conferences, and webinars, building a network that will support Canadians and their health needs.

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2,100+

Community of Practices members

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scientific conferences hosted

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660+

conference attendees

 
 
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TRAINING HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS TO NAVIGATE THERAPEUTIC NUTRITION

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335

pharmacists or physicians

trained in therapeutic nutrition
 

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1,500+

real-time

webinar attendance

10,134

recorded

webinar views

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IPTN is training healthcare professionals around the world to support their patients in a journey to better manage, or reverse, chronic conditions and associated symptoms. Hundreds of physicians or pharmacists have already been trained, with many more to come. 

 

GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE AT THE TABLE

An organization that grew out of volunteerism, IPTN saw a shift in 2020 when it became a registered charity. With the addition of funding, the organization was in a position for the first-time to bring on subject matter experts in programs and training, development and fundraising, communications and engagement, and administration, to move forward with what IPTN has set out to accomplish.

2022 is the first year that IPTN will have permanent staff leading portfolios within the organization. This formal support helps solidify the strategic direction of IPTN and provides dedicated resources in achieving the mission and vision. 

Working in an emerging field is not for the faint of heart. We sat at Sean’s dining room table and had a strategic planning session about operations. We took a hard look at what we wanted to accomplish and the characteristics of the team we needed to build. 

 

Barb Reece, COO

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

IPTN benefits from the expert advice of the Board of Directors, a group of passionate and experienced volunteers who share an interest in transforming healthcare. The Board is composed of people who have a passion for IPTN’s focus and are aligned to the purpose ahead for the institute.   

Jim Johnson | Diane Kenyon | Brendan Byrne | Bill Dow | Sia Moussavi

PUBLICATIONS

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IN 8 YEARS

2030

By 2030, the Institute for Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition wants every person with a chronic disease to be offered a food-based treatment path by at least one provider, supporting a healthier society in Canada.