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Eventbrite - Southeastern Pediatric Nutrition Conference 


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Reserve your room at the Blockade Runner today and stay on-site to attend both days of the conference and the reception.

Join us for a welcome reception Thursday, November 10 from 6-8 pm on the grounds of the Blockade Runner Resort. Enjoy the beautiful fall views of the sun setting on the Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach while you network with your peers, meet the distinguished faculty and enjoy heavy hors d’hoevres. Reception included with your 2-day registration or attend separately for a $25 registration fee.

Childhood Obesity: Tipping the Scales Toward Prevention

Conference Description
The Annual Southeastern Neonatal/Pediatric Nutrition Conference in Wilmington, North Carolina is designed to provide updated, advanced and practical approaches to contemporary issues in pediatric and neonatal nutrition. This activity will provide unique opportunities to learn, share and investigate new ways of assessing and managing pediatric patients with complex nutritional needs.

Conference Summary
Childhood obesity has both immediate and long-term effects on health and well-being and increases risk factors for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems. This conference will feature national experts who will focus on nutritional impacts, genetic causes, systemic effects, and treatment of obesity in children and adolescents. Through a multidisciplinary approach, attendees will benefit from learning about key conditions, improvements in treatment and the long-term impact of obesity on these patients.

Conference Objectives
1. Identify current evidence base d nutritional impacts and treatment on childhood obesity
2. Describe the effect of obesity on systemic disorders
3. Describe genetic disorders linked to obesity

Target Audience
Pediatricians, Neonatologists, Neonatal/Pediatric/Family Nurse Practitioners, General Medicine,
Pediatric Gastroenterologists, Dietitians, RNs, LPNs, APRNs, Physician Assistants and Pharmacists

Conference Topics

How Nutrition Can Affect Gut Microbiome:
The Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity Paradigms
click for presentation
Alessio Fasano, MD
W. Allan Walker Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment
Director of the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center
Associate Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Basic, Clinical
and Translational Research
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Fatty Liver Disease in Children: What Can One Practitioner Do? click for presentation
Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS
Liver Transplant Program, Co-Director, Steatohepatitis Center
Attending Physician, Liver Care Center
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Obesity and Nutrigenomics click for presentation
Karen Edwards, PhD, MS
Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology
University of California (Irvine), Department of Epidemiology
Pediatric Vascular Health: Growing up
Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., FAHA, FACSM
Professor, Exercise Physiology, School of Kinesiology
University of Minnesota

The Role of Infant Feeding in Weight Management: Benefits of Breastfeeding click for presentation
Lindsey N. Reeves, MS, RD, LDN, IBCLC, CD(DONA)
Registered Dietitian (RD), International Board Certified Lactation
Consultant (IBCLC), Certified Birth Doula through DONA international CD(DONA), and owner of Angel Food Nutrition

Childhood and Adolescent Obesity:
What Makes an Effective Treatment Program? Lessons from the Field
click for presentation
Shelley Kirk, PhD, RD, LD
Associate Professor, Director
HealthWorks! Center for Better Health and Nutrition
The Heart Institute, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Obesity Comorbidities: It’s About Your Health, Not Your Weight click for presentation
Elizabeth Estrada, MD
Chief, Division Pediatric Endocrinology, Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Childhood Obesity: How Much is in the Genes?
Cynthia M. Powell, MD
Center for Genome Sciences,
Associate professor, Departments of Genetics & Pediatrics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sleep and Weight click for presentation
Sasidharan Taravath, MD
Pediatric Neurologist, Coastal Children’s Services
Medical Director of Pediatric Sleep Disorders, Pediatric Epilepsy
Monitoring Unit & Pediatric Neurodiagnostics Program

Pediatric Vascular Health: Growing up click for presentation
Donald R. Dengel, Ph.D., FAHA, FACSM
Exercise Physiology, School of Kinesiology
University of Minnesota

Genetic Disorders and Obesity click for presentation
Cindy Powell, MD
Associate professor, Departments of Genetics & Pediatrics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Center for Genome Sciences

Conference Exhibitor Partners


Coastal Carolina Neonatology| Coastal Children's Services| 2212 South 17th St. | Wilmington, NC 28401 | (910) 667-2970