Medical Nutrition Therapy

147. Exploring the Microbiome: The Diabetes Connection

Sunday, October 21
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 3- Advanced

Diabetes rates are increasing as the obesity epidemic continues and new scientific knowledge about the communities of microbes living in our gut may be the key to prevention and treatment of diabetes. This session will review: the research evidence linking the microbiome and diabetes, microbiome-related therapeutics currently available and close with a clinician/patient perspective on the microbiome in the diabetes clinic.

Planned with the Research DPG

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 2100 Nutritional biochemistry
  • 5190 Diabetes mellitus
  • 9020: Evaluation and application of research

Ashley Vargas, PhD, MPH, RDN, FAND

Dr. Vargas has been a Registered Dietitian for over 10 years. She practiced in clinical gerontology and oncology, prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences. She currently monitors and evaluates nutrition research and policy in the Office of the Director at NIH. She currently serves as chair-elect of the Research DPG and has earned fellowship within the Academy for her service to the field.

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Ashley Vargas, PhD, MPH, RDN, FAND

Dr. Vargas has been a Registered Dietitian for over 10 years. She practiced in clinical gerontology and oncology, prior to pursuing a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences. She currently monitors and evaluates nutrition research and policy in the Office of the Director at NIH. She currently serves as chair-elect of the Research DPG and has earned fellowship within the Academy for her service to the field.

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Teresa Martin, MS, RD, CDE, LD

Teresa Martin is a mother of 3 children and lives in Bend, OR. She is a Registered Dietitian with over 28 years of experience in the field of nutrition including clinical nutrition, community nutrition, diabetes research and most currently as a clinical educator for Novo Nordisk. Over the last 15 years, Teresa has specialized in the field of diabetes and as a Certified Diabetes Educator; she helps individuals with diabetes gain the skills they need to take control of their diabetes so they can live the life they want to live and she helps healthcare professionals get the resources and training they need to provide quality, compassionate diabetes care. Teresa was recently recognized by American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) for her work when she received the Diabetes Educator of the Year Award in 2017 and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2015 for Oregon. Over the last 4 years, she has provided multiple lectures on the topic of the microbiome to a variety of professional organizations including AADE-WA, AADE-OR, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO), Oregon Society of Physician Assistants (OSPA), 4th Annual Pre-Diabetes Medical Education of S Oregon Conference, Pride in Nursing Annual Meeting-WA.

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Aleksandar Kostic, PhD

Alex Kostic is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School and Joslin Diabetes Center. He and his team use computational and experimental techniques to understand the role that the human microbiome plays in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and employ synthetic biology methods to build towards microbiome-engineered therapeutics in these diseases. Dr. Kostic’s background and training is in computational biology, microbiology, and immunology. During his PhD thesis work with Matthew Meyerson and Wendy Garrett, he helped discover an association between colorectal cancer and the gut microbiome constituent Fusobacterium nucleatum. As a postdoctoral fellow at Broad Institute working with Ramnik Xavier and Curtis Huttenhower, Dr. Kostic worked to characterize the developing infant gut microbiome in dense, longitudinal metagenomic analyses of birth cohorts at risk for type 1 diabetes. He discovered a novel mechanism by which the human microbiome directly influences immune development and progression to type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Kostic’s work is funded by the Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and a Pathway to Stop Diabetes Initiator Award from the American Diabetes Association.

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