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FNCE 2018

459. Solving the Challenges of Malnutrition in Pregnancy: An Updated Approach

Tuesday, October 23
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

This session will present current evidence for malnutrition in pregnancy as identified by the 2014-2017 Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) workgroup. Presenters will provide a background on the Academy’s EAL process used for conducting the Malnutrition in Pregnancy systematic reviews. Results of the Malnutrition in Pregnancy project will be discussed, including review of screening and assessment tools, short and long-term health effects of malnutrition in pregnancy, hyperemesis gravidarum, health effects of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D, pregnancy after weight-loss surgery, and beneficial health outcomes associated with medical nutrition therapy (MNT) by an RDN. Case studies will demonstrate how evidence-based findings from the EAL project can be used in practice. Discrepancies with best-practice guidelines and research gaps will be discussed. This presentation will be useful for both clinical and community practitioners as well as others working in field of maternal, infant and child nutrition.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 5310 - Pregnancy complication (disease/disorder)
  • 9020 - Evaluation and application of research
  • 4130 - Pregnancy (stages of life cycle)

Feon Cheng, PhD, MPH, RDN, CHTS-CP

Feon Cheng, PhD, MPH, RDN, CHTS-CP, is a nutrition researcher with the Evidence Analysis Library team at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She received her Bachelor of Science (Coordinated Dietetic Program) in Nutrition Sciences at the California State University, Los Angeles and her Master of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. During her PhD at the Pennsylvania State University, her research focused on nutritional epidemiology.


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Rima Itani Al-Nimr, MS, RDN, LD

Rima Itani Al-Nimr, MS, RDN, LD, is a Clinical Instructor in Medicine and Medical Education, and the Director of the Nutrition in Medical Education Program at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH. At Geisel, she directs the development, pedagogy, and dissemination of nutrition content for medical student education, and teaches nutrition across the medical curriculum. She is also a Clinical Research Dietitian at the Department of Medicine's Weight and Wellness Center - part of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center - where her work focuses on obesity treatment in older adults. She obtained her BS in Nutrition from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon, and her MS in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, where she also completed a dietetic internship. She has worked previously as a clinical dietitian at University Hospitals in Cleveland, with a focus on adult as well as maternal-fetal medicine nutrition, and has taught Maternal Nutrition, Advanced Maternal Nutrition, and Introduction to Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University's Department of Nutrition, within the School of Medicine.


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Sina Gallo, PhD, MSc, RD

Sina Gallo, PhD-RD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Nutrition and B.S. in Dietetics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is a clinician-scientist with a strong research background in child health. She teaches courses in nutrition research methods, micronutrients and lifespan nutrition and has published in well recognized nutrition and medical journals. Her current research explores the role of early life nutrition in chronic disease prevention. She works primarily with ethnic minority populations and in the development of culturally adapted behavioral health interventions for pediatric obesity management. Her other interests include infant vitamin D supplementation and benefits to bone health. She is Chair of the Academys EAL workgroup focused on Malnutrition in Pregnancy, member of the Research Dietetics Practice Group and the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


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Joann McDermid, PhD, MSc, RD

Joann M. McDermid, MSc, DipEpidBiostat, PhD, RDN is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases & International Health at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed her clinical dietetic internship at Kingston General Hospital (Canada), and graduate studies at McGill University (Canada) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom). Her research focuses on understanding relationships between nutrition and infectious diseases in children and adults, and she has authored a number of papers and book chapters in this area. Her teaching topics include global nutrition, nutritional epidemiology and immunology/infectious diseases to undergraduate, graduate and medical students. She serves on various nutrition and dietetics-focused committees at the national and institutional-level. Dr. McDermid is a current member of the Academy’s Malnutrition in Pregnancy EAL workgroup, the Research Dietetics Practice Group and the International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics .


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