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2019 Summit on Ketogenic Diet Therapies

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The 2019 Summit on Ketogenic Diet Therapies, September 13-14, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ, will host some of the most respected and renowned experts in the field, to create an inspiring learning venue. This Summit will be invaluable source of knowledge as we move toward a greater understanding of the care for patients with epilepsy, autism, cancer, traumatic brain injury or endocrine disorders.
Thia event will emphasize the expanding clinical areas of ketogenic diet therapies in pediatrics up through adulthood. The 2019 Summit will discuss patient readiness, education materials, meeting the psychosocial needs of the patient and other topics allowing time for collaborative discussions.
Friday, September 13
Session 1: Evolution of Ketogenic Therapies

8:00 AM Overview of the Ketogenic Diet – Angus A. Wilfong, MD
8:20 AM Behind the Mechanisms of the Ketogenic Diet: How Does it Work – Tim Simeone, PhD
8:50 AM Indications & Variations of KDT – Beth Zupec-Kania, RDN, CD
9:10 AM KDT for Seizures & Epilepsy Syndromes – Randa Jarrar, MD
9:30 AM International Consensus Committee: Recommendations for KDT in Pediatrics & Adults – Rebecca J. Schultz, PhD, RN, CPNP

Session 2: Expanding use of Ketogenic Therapies

10:15 AM KDT for TBI: Emerging Evidence & Applications - Joyce H. Matsumoto, MD
10:45 AM KDT for Autism Spectrum Disorder – Richard E. Frye, MD, PhD
11:05 AM KDT for Endocrine Disorders – Micah L. Olson, MD
11:25 AM Metabolic Ketosis for the Adjuvant Treatment of Cancer – Adrienne C. Scheck, PhD

Session 3: Ketogenic Therapy for Critical Care

1:00 PM KDT for Super-Refractory Status Epilepticus – Brian L. Appavu, MD
1:20 PM KDT in the PICU: Pearls and Pitfalls – Lisa Vanatta, MS, RDN, CSP
1:45 PM Implementation of KDT in the NICU and Beyond – Laura Dority, MS, RD, LD
2:15 PM Understanding EEG Reports for the Dietitian – Joyce H. Matsumoto, MD
2:30 PM Keynote Address: Is KDT a Viable Cancer Treatment? – Kris Smith, MD
3:30 PM Adjourn

Saturday, September 14
Session 4: Diving into the Details of Ketogenic Therapy

8:00 AM Clinical Significance of Lab Monitoring – Beth Zupec-Kania, RDN, CD
8:30 AM Nutrient Supplementation: How to Meet the Dietary Recommended Intakes – Denise Potter, RDN, CSP, CDE
9:00 AM Practical Tips for Nutrition Management and Prevention of Side Effects – Candy Richardson, RDN, LDN, CNSC
9:30 AM Troubleshooting Tube Feedings – Christi Wheeler, MS, RDN, CSP

Session 5: Team Approach to Ketogenic Therapy

10:20 AM Initiating and Monitoring KDT in an Outpatient Model: Infancy to Adolescence – Panel: Randa Jarrar, MD; Lisa Vanatta, MS, RDN, CSP; Diana Larocque, RN
10:40 AM Strategies to Determine Patient Readiness for KDT : Tools to Improve Compliance – Tava Arnold, PhD
11:00 AM Help for the PCP in Treating Patients on KDT: Acute Illnesses, Constipation, Acidosis, Renal Stones – Korwyn L. Williams, MD, PhD
11:20 AM Transitioning Pediatric Patients to Adult Providers – Panel: Joseph F. Drazkowski, MD; Randa Jarrar, MD; Christi Wheeler, MS, RDN, CSP
11:35 AM EHR Utilization to Prevent Unintentional Carbohydrate Exposure: Experience & Outcomes – Vinay U. Vaidya, MD

Session 6: Education for Families and Healthcare Providers

1:00 PM Revolutionizing How You Teach in 4 Easy Steps – Marj Abele, MSN, RN
1:20 PM KDT Education for Health Care Professionals – Rebecca J. Schultz, PhD, RN, CPNP
1:50 PM Case Study Workshop
3:30 PM Adjourn

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The 2019 Summit on Ketogenic Diet Therapies will provide an evidence-based approach, designed for the registered dietitian, primary care provider, advanced practice provider, nursing staff, clinical research scientists and those wanting a better understanding of the presented clinical information.

GROUP 1: $290 / Physicians and PhD Scientists
GROUP 2: $185/ Dieticians, Advanced practice providers, nurses, social workers, therapists, allied health, and research associates
GROUP 3: $165/ Students of these professions and community members

The cost of registration includes: tuition, breakfast and lunch each day, refreshments during the meeting and the reception on Friday evening. Net proceeds from this Symposium will go to support Barrow at Phoenix Children’s Directors Research and Educational Fund. Presentations/syllabus materials will be available on our mobile app. The full fee is payable upon registration.
Register by July 31st, 2019 to receive 15% off your registration.


5350 East Marriott Drive | Phoenix, Arizona 85054 PHONE: (480) 293-5000
Treat yourself to a memorable getaway at J.W. Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. Book your stay early at the conference host hotel for a special reduced conference rate of $209/night. Book your stay at
You can also make your reservation by calling: (480) 293-5000. Mention the code PCHJW2019.

An application for 12.5 CPE/CME is being submitted with the following Accredited Providers:
The Charlie Foundation, accredited and approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration(CDR) as aprovider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) units for Registered Dietitians.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council forContinuing Medical Education to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians.

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How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Call or email Christina Casanova at or (602) 933-0923
What's the refund policy?
If you cancel your participation in this course on or before August 12, 2019, registration fees will be refunded, less a $50 administrative fee. No refunds will be made after August 12, 2019.

Friday, September 13, 2019 at 7:00am to 3:30pm

J.W. MARRIOTT DESERT RIDGE - RESORT AND SPA 5350 East Marriott Drive, Phoenix, AZ


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