3rd Pediatric Renal Nutrition Academy

Marriott Orlando World Center

Friday March 2nd 2018 8:00 am –  5:00 pm

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This educational event will offer training by leading North American and international experts in pediatric renal nutrition for the mid-level practitioner looking to deepen their knowledge and refine their expertise.

Seasoned professionals will benefit from clinical practice review and networking opportunities. This program will build upon topics discussed at the beginner PRNA by providing more in depth training and expanding "best practice" knowledge in key topic areas.


8:00 - 8:25Breakfast
8:25 - 8:30Welcome Address Elissaveta Johnson, MS, RDN, LD, Clinical Affairs, Vitaflo USA

Integrating clinical practice, research, and QI to improve quality of care and clinical outcomes
Caroline Anderson, Pediatric Renal Dietitian, Southampton Children’s Hospital, UK

Topics overview:
Applying current research and QI in a timely and realistic manner to improve patient care and outcomes for the busy clinician. Collecting data and analyzing for internal quality improvement and beginning research strategies. The differences and value of both methods, lessons learnt, keys to success and pitfalls to overcome.


Applied anthropometry
Christina Nelms, MS, RD, Pediatric Renal Nutrition Consultant, PedsFeeds and Professor, University of Nebraska

Topics overview: Discussion of advanced clinical challenges, such as determining height for non-standing patients, best practices for determining dry weight, BMI limitations and other clinical issues.

 9:45 - 10:00Break
 10:00 - 10:30

Taking action early: why is early phosphate intervention necessary?
Pearl Pugh, Pediatric Renal Dietitian and Health Sciences PhD Student, UK

Topics overview: Specific and practical applications for managing dietary phosphorus throughout the CKD spectrum. 

 10:30 - 11:15

Advanced clinical management
Christina Nelms, MS, RD

Management of specific clinical questions such as nutrition-related medications and the dietitians's role; balance of nutrition versus medical management, and other advanced practical clinical challenges. 

 11:15 - 12:15 

Lunch with the experts

Group discussion, guided by session speakers, will encourage engaging in problem solving and addressing practice dilemmas. 

 12:15 – 13:15

Advances in nutritional intervention in acute care
Elisha Rampolla Pavlick, RD, CSP, LDN, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Topics overview: Specific applications for the inpatient, acute care, pediatric renal dietitian

 13:15 - 14:15

Advanced adequacy: optimizing nutritional needs
Christina Nelms, MS, RD

Topics include: In depth discussion of managing nutritional intake in context of clinical issues such as protein energy wasting, obesity and picky eating. Navigating food choices, such as snacks and eating away from home. 

 14:15 - 15:15

Pediatric renal formula prescription: product choices, mixing techniques and other considerations
Nonnie Polderman, RD, Children’s Hospital of BC, CA

Topics overview: Formula considerations, modification strategies, and practical tools used to determine best formula fit to meet the nutritional needs of various pediatric renal populations

15:15 – 15:30Break
15:30 – 16:15Advanced case study presentations: working through tricky patient situations
 15:30-15:45 – Sodium adjustment in an infant
Megan Griffin, MS, RD, CSP, CHES, Medical University of South Carolina
 15:45-16:00 –

The rise and fall of phosphorus: formula modulation to the rescue
Maggie Murphy, PhD, RD, LD, University of Kentucky 

 16:00-16:15 – Adolescent with psycho-social issues
Nonnie Polderman, RD
16:15 – 17:00

Panel discussion & wrap up: “tricks of the trade”

Moderator: Elissaveta Johnson

Speakers of the day will share best practice from their programs that may foster new patient care ideas and strategies.

Continuing professional education units will be applied for through the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Program is not affiliated with the Annual Dialysis Conference (ADC).

For questions, please contact Elissaveta Johnson at Elissaveta.Johnson@VitafloUSA.com.


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Marriott Orlando World Center

Orlando, FL, USA

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