Research

The IPTN is helping to build the scientific knowledge base for therapeutic nutrition by conduction collaborative, multidisciplinary research. By forging productive, synergistic relationships with international scientists and research organizations who are also studying therapeutic nutrition and the human metabolism, we hope to accelerate this process. The IPTN does not fund research but does invite innovative research ideas and opportunities to collaborate.

Our funded research projects

  1. Impact of a Pharmacist-led Therapeutic Nutritional Intervention on Medications and Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes
  2. Physician-led low-carbohydrate therapeutic nutrition for type 2 diabetes: Building on a grass-roots movement in BC and beyond
BC physicians began a low-carbohydrate physician group in 2016, which has grown to over 1000 members. The physicians have seen tremendous success in stabilizing glucose, improving triglycerides, and reduction or eliminating the need for glucose lowering medications in their patients. No research has been conducted and no formalized data collection has occurred to document this innovative type 2 diabetes treatment strategy. The goal of this C2 grant is to mobilize, coordinate, and expand this group to create a formalized network conduction research. Physicians, researchers, and knowledge users including eHealth technology experts and non-profit foundations will meet to co-create a roadmap for this research. The specific objectives of the proposed work is to convene a group of identified experts and collaborate on the development of:
  1. Tools to enhance the delivery of therapeutic nutrition by primary care physicians.
  2. An expanded online training program that will promte learning of low-carbohydtate therapeutic nutrition and implementation of a consistent approach by primary care physicians.
  3. A roadmap for a research study that will test and evaluate the outcomes of the first two objectives.
The expected outcomes will enhance effectiveness of primary care in type 2 diabetes and build the foundation for subsequent research and knowledge translation related to training primary care physicians on how to safely and effectively implement low-carbohydrate therapeutic nutrition in their practice.