THE ROLE OF THE DIETITIAN IN TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY AND GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects over 1.5 million people in the United States each year with an estimated 50,000 who die in the US from TBI. The consequences of TBI include changes to personality, decision making, and nutrient absorption. Science tells us that the brain and gut are connected and that disruptions in the brain can lead to changes in GI function. Research in TBI patients is still young, but select nutrients have been highlighted by the Institute of Medicine Committee on Nutrition, Trauma and the Brain to show some promise to ameliorate the acute effects of TBI.The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview on types of TBI, symptoms of TBI and its effects on the GI system. The role of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in managing patients with TBI and GI problems will be discussed along with some practice case studies.
Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant will be able to answer the following questions:
What is TBI and what are the hallmark signs & symptoms of TBI?
What is the main relationship between the brain and gut?
What are the changes that occur in the gut post-TBI?
What is the role of the registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) in helping patients recover from GI dysfunction post-TBI?
Dr. Renee Korczak received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition from the University of Connecticut and Master of Arts Degree in Medical Nutrition from Boston University School of Medicine. She moved to Minneapolis in 2011 to pursue her PhD in Human Nutrition and to become a registered dietitian (RD). Dr. Korczak worked under Dr. Joanne Slavin and her research focuses on the effects of carbohydrates (primarily fiber) on digestive health and satiety. She currently has an appointment at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where she teaches Sports Nutrition and Principles of Nutrition to undergraduate students. Dr. Korczak is a frequent media source on various nutrition topics for Kare 11 and is the Communications Chair for the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND).
Jenna Stangland, MS, RD, LDN, CLT
Jenna Stangland is the lead registered dietitian at Viverant - a transformative physical therapy and performance optimization clinic. She also leads the nutrition program at Twin Cities Orthopedics, the largest physician owned orthopedic center in the US. She has a diverse background in research ranging from inactivity physiology to neural adaptation by the brain to pharmacological interventions for muscular dystrophy. Jenna completed her Master's thesis research on iron levels in female runners. She conducted additional research with the Director of Sports Nutrition at Ohio State, assisting in multiple projects related to bone density and body composition in college and recreational athletes. With her strong research background, Jenna takes a unique approach in her practice by combining medical science with innovative nutrition care.
Jenna has been quoted as an expert source in CNN and PR Newswire and has been published in multiple scientific journals such as Circulation, Frontiers in Physiology and Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise.