Webinars

Our Webinar Series

We are excited to present this series of webinars, featuring highly accomplished and respected neonatal care and research professionals. The program is designed to offer valuable insights regarding neonatal nutrition; address challenges often associated with feeding practices in the NICU; and help neonatal care teams deliver the best care possible for their most vulnerable patients.

 

Previous Webinars

 

Nutritional Status and Gut Health in Preterm Infants – What is it, and how do we assess it?

Wednesday, July 29

Dr. Nicholas Embleton will discuss the following topics:

  • A comprehensive practical approach to nutrition requires recognition of multiple interacting elements
  • Nutrition includes 1) nutrients 2) functional components 3) microbiome 4) socio, techno, and behavioral aspects
  • Breast milk is more than food
  • Nutritional status is a multidimensional and dynamic concept – what you are, what you eat, what you can do
  • Assessment of nutritional status requires a structured approach – ABCDE
  • Gut health is a continuum rather than a binary outcome of “healthy” or “unhealthy”

 

We will have a Q&A session at the end of the presentation to get your questions answered.

About the Speaker:

nicholas embleton

Nicholas D. Embleton, MD, MBBS, FRCPCH
Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Dr. Nicholas Embleton is Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician, and Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne UK, having completed paediatric and neonatal training in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and Vancouver, Canada. His doctoral thesis was on ‘Protein Requirements in Preterm Infants’. Dr Embleton helps lead a broad portfolio of research coordinated by the NEWCASTLE NEONATAL NUTRITION & NECROTISING ENTEROCOLITIS (N4) RESEARCH TEAM and includes the unique Great North Neonatal that holds stool, urine, blood & breastmilk samples and data from over 1000 very preterm infants. Studies include large-scale NIHR nutrition trials that recruited >5000 preterm infants, in-house studies looking at immune development, and mechanistic microbiomic and metabolomic studies. Professor Embleton coordinates the Newcastle Preterm Birth Growth study that has tracked the growth and metabolic outcomes of children who were born preterm into late adolescence, including

measures of insulin sensitivity and body composition, along with epigenetic correlates. Current trials include exploring the impact of exclusive human milk diets in extremelypreterm infants (INDIGO), and feeding in late and moderately preterm infants (FLAMINGO). Professor Embleton coordinates the Newcastle Preterm Birth Growth study that has tracked the growth and metabolic outcomes of children who were born preterm into late adolescence, including measures of insulin sensitivity and body composition, along with epigenetic correlates. Current trials include exploring the impact of exclusive human milk diets in extremely preterm infants (INDIGO), and feeding in late and moderately preterm infants (FLAMINGO). Professor Embleton is an elected member of the ESPGHAN Committee of Nutrition, and coordinates the UK based Neonatal Nutrition Network, and has >175 peer reviewed publications in addition to numerous educational articles and book chapters.

Preterm Infant Growth Assessment – Metrics That Matter

Wednesday, June 10

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Tanis Fenton, PhD, RD & William W. Hay, MD

Leading experts Dr. Tanis Fenton and Dr. Bill Hay address the challenges
associated with EUGR to properly assess preterm infant growth and discuss the
metrics that are essential for optimizing nutritional support while mitigating the
potential for adverse outcomes.

During the presentation, we review findings from a recent publication and discuss:

  • EUGR, the challenges and potential harm it can cause and why it may be a misnomer
  • Normal human fetal growth rate what the requirements are to achieve this goal and the possible consequences if we don’t
  • Proper growth assessment and what metrics matter most

About the Speakers:

Tanis Fenton, PhD, RD
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, CA

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Alberta and a Master’s degree in nutrition from the University Toronto, Dr. Fenton worked as a clinical dietitian. Wishing to learn more about research and critical appraisal, she completed a Doctorate degree in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Fenton is now working as a Research Lead for Alberta Nutrition Services, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Dr. Fenton is known internationally for a growth chart she developed for preterm infants and her meta analyses on the alkaline diet hypothesis. She is the invited Chair for the Preterm Infant Expert Workgroup for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for the nutritional care of preterm infants. Her primary academic focus is on growth of preterm infants.

William W. Hay, MD
University of Colorado (retired)
Denver, CO

Dr. William Hay is retired Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at the University of Colorado. Prior to his retirement he was Director of the Child Maternal Health Program, the Early Life Exposures Program, and the Neonatal Perinatal Clinical Translational Research Center of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He also served as Scientific Director of the Perinatal Research Center. Dr. Hay’s research has focused on maternal nutrition, placental nutrient transport, fetal physiology, and fetal and neonatal nutrition and metabolism. A major emphasis of his research has been on intrauterine growth restriction and how this condition programs fetal and neonatal growth and development. He also has studied how to provide nutrition to the preterm infant of the same gestational age as the normally growing fetus and to prevent nutrient limitation of postnatal growth. Dr. Hay is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in disorders of glucose metabolism in neonates and nutrition of the preterm infant.