What Nutrition and Dietetic Professionals Need to Know
All inflammation—from chronic, low-grade to acute, trauma-related—can have a profound impact on body composition and health outcomes. A growing body of research demonstrates that inflammation can significantly interfere with physiological homeostasis and negatively affect nutritional balance. Inflammation can be linked to anorexia and cachexia, both of which are associated with increased mortality rates in multiple disease conditions.
The research relating to the impact of inflammation on numerous disease states is quickly evolving. In order to effectively treat patients, nutrition and dietetic professionals must be aware of this research, understand the inflammatory cascade, and become familiar with emerging treatments.
After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
1. Identify clinical signs of inflammation
2. Discuss key interrelations between inflammation and homeostasis.
3. List three diseases in which patient outcomes are negatively impacted by inflammation
4. Apply learned concepts to clinical nutrition practice
Presenter: David R. Thomas, MD, FACP, FAGS, AGSF
David Thomas is Medical Director of the Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly in Saint Louis. He is Professor Emeritus in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Thomas is certified in both Internal Medicine and in Geriatric Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been elected Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Geriatrics Society, and the Gerontological Society of America. He has received the Sir William Osler Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at Saint Louis University Department of Medicine.
Dr. Thomas currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. He is a past Associate Editor of the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences and served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Annals of Long Term Care. Dr. Thomas is an alumnus of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. Dr. Thomas has served on the Clinical Practice Committee of the American Medical Directors Association and is Past President and on the current Board of Directors of the Missouri Association of Long-Term Care Physicians.
He has been honored as a John A. Hartford Faculty Fellow Award in Geriatrics and by inclusion in the Marquis' Who's Who in America and is listed in The Best Doctors in America, Top Doctors in Saint Louis, and Castle Connorly Top Doctors in America. He is a frequent invited educational speaker both nationally and internationally. Dr. Thomas is active in the American Geriatrics Society, the Gerontological Society of America, the American College of Physicians, the American Federation for Clinical Research, the American Medical Directors Association, the American Society of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition, and the Wound Healing Society. He has authored over 176 publications and clinical investigations well as 70 books or book chapters. Dr. Thomas is co-editor of Geriatric Nutrition, a book related to nutritional issues in older people.