Training, Research and Advocacy

Training and Certification

The IPTN creates and promotes learning opportunities such as scientific conferences, educational webinars and training programs for health professionals. An expert advisory committee provides medical and academic oversight of training content and delivery methods.

Our goal is to help speed up the transfer of new emerging scientific knowledge about therapeutic nutrition and the human metabolism from research into best clinical practices. We want to ensure that people who choose a ‘food first’ approach to manage or reverse chronic disease can do so safely by depending on support from health care professionals who have this specialized knowledge and skill.

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Therapeutic Nutrition 101

In this online course, you will be introduced to the therapeutic potential of food and how it can affect the clinical outcomes of your patients. There are three modules that provide you with the necessary background to understand the basics of therapeutic nutrtition.

Medication Management

In this full-day workshop, physicians and pharmacists learn to monitor and safely de-prescribe medications for patients whose cardo-metabolic status improves through therapeutic nutrition. There is a heavy focus on case studies and applied learning.

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The IPTN is helping to build the scientific knowledge base for therapeutic nutrition by conducting 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:

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.


Choice and hope are two important aspects of staying healthy or getting better. If more people understood how foundational the link is between eating and health, they might not wait to be diagnosed with a chronic disease before making a change. People already living with chronic disease don’t have to believe it’s too late to make a difference.

The IPTN supports our growing community of health professionals to advocate for evidence-based practice and policy change that supports a ‘food first’ culture in Canada. We provide the technology platform to connnect community members who are interested in networking, learning from one another, and beginning to identify best clinical practices related to therapeutic nutrition.

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