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Claude Pichard

Claude Pichard, MD, PhD

Claude Pichard is Professor of Nutrition at the Geneva University Hospital, Switzerland. He is involved in patients care, research and teaching.

He is active in 11 academic societies in- and outside Europe, is the Founder (2005) and past Chairman of the European Nutrition for Health Alliance, was the President, then the Chairman of the European Society of Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism (ESPEN) until 2006, the Director of the ESPEN Life-Long Learning educational programme until 2012.

Melanie Stapleton, MD

Currently Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Calgary, as well as program director for the gastroenterology training program (2013 to present) and clinician for the Southern Alberta Home Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition Program.

  • MD from University of Calgary 1999
  • Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology residency at the University of Calgary
  • Nutrition Fellowship at the University of Toronto in 2005
Michele Apsimon

Michele Apsimon, MSc, RD

Michele is a nutrition support dietitian with 20 years experience working in a 50 bed critical care unit at the Hamilton General Hospital.

She has a degree in Life Sciences from Queen’s University, a Masters in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph and then completed her dietetic internship with Hamilton Health Sciences.

At HHS Michele has been involved in the implementation of a malnutrition screening tool, patient recruitment for the REDOX trial, multiple data collections for the International Nutrition Survey, as well as a recent prospective review looking at protein intake in ICU patients receiving a very high protein enteral feed.

Michele heads up the regional parenteral nutrition committee at HHS. This committee has brought in SMOF lipid as their main compounded lipid. As well, they are about to incorporate the use of three chamber bags to replace all standard compounded PN solutions.

Michele has been a guest speaker at many conferences and webinars, including ASPEN clinical nutrition week. She recently published a paper in Current Opinions in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care titled Dispelling myths about intravenous fish oil-based lipid emulsions: a clinical perspective.

Brian Jurewitsch

Brian Jurewitsch, PharmD, MRes, Clinical Pharmacist

Brian Jurewitsch is a graduate of the Universities Toronto and London, UK. He completed his PharmD clerkships in the teaching hospital of University of Montreal.

He helped set up a Home TPN clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital in the late 90’s when there formerly was none. Additionally, he was one of the founding members of the Canadian Society of Clinical Nutrition (now under the auspices of CNS) and was the first secretary.

Brian lectures the residents of the Gastroenterology training program at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine on TPN as well as lecturing on gastroenterology topics to U of T’s pharmacy students. He is a member of the Canadian Critical Care Practice Guidelines Committee in addition to being a reviewer for JPEN and other international journals.

Margaret Avery

Margaret Avery, MSc, RD

Margaret has 30 years of experience, 18 years of those in dialysis. She completed a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition with honors in Biochemistry in 2013. She has three published articles: IDPN, Polycystic Disease and Cost Effectiveness of Nutrition Programs.

Margaret is currently the research lead in Differences in quadriceps muscle layer thickness pre and post IDPN therapy and lead for an on-line renal course developer for Dietitians of Canada. Margaret presented at the ASPEN conference in 2018 on Preliminary Canadian Clinical Guidelines: IDPN pivotal time for the Adult Hemodialysis patient.