Our Next Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

WHERE:  Whittier Rehab Hospital 150 Flanders Rd., Westborough, MA 01581

WHAT:  CVD, Low-grade Systemic Inflammation and Dietary Intake and Integrative Oncology and Cardiovascular Disease - 3 CEUs


  • 8:30-9:00am: Check In
  • 9:00-9:15am: Welcome Business Meeting
  • 9:15-10:45am: What do we know about the link between CVD, Low-grade Systemic Inflammation and Dietary Intake? (Mariana Calle)
  • 10:45-11:00am: Break with Vendors - Abbott
  • 11:00-12:30pm: Integrative Oncology with a Focus on Mindful Eating (Emily Elizabeth)
  • 12:30-12:45pm:  Wrap Up


Mariana Calle:

Dr. Mariana Calle began her studies in Argentina (B.S. University of Buenos Aires, College of Medicine) where, as a dietitian, provided medical nutritional therapy to inpatients with various medical needs: CVD, diabetes, GI disorders, cancer, pulmonary disease and bariatric surgery. She has more than a decade of experience in her private practice working with adults with chronic diseases. In the US, she obtained her Master of Science (Human Nutrition and Metabolism 2009) and Ph.D. (Nutritional Sciences 2011) at the University of Connecticut; and certification for Registered Dietitian (2015) from the Academics of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Dr. Calle has been an Assistant Professor at Worcester State University since 2011.  Her area of expertise includes the study of type 2 diabetes and CVD. She is especially interested in motivating her research students to develop strategies to improve patients’ health that are based on their understanding of the effects of modifiable lifestyle factors on inflammatory markers in diseased and healthy populations. Dr. Calle has published several peer-reviewed scientific articles and has presented her work at international meetings, such as Experimental Biology.


I.Explain the connection between low-grade systemic inflammation and CVD risk.

II.List 3 current sources, with examples, of dietary intake associated with inflammatory markers.

III.Identify key components to critically appraise a research article.

IV.Outline 2 practical strategies to incorporate current concepts into medical nutritional therapy.



Speaker: Em E. Biever, MS, RD, LDN
Em is a senior clinical dietitian at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, bringing her love of creative, simple cooking, and strength and fitness to the nutrition team. Em’s enthusiasm for nutrition has led to interviews for WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, WBZ, Boston’s CBS, Fox 25 News and Boston’s NPR. She is a regular speaker for many disease-specific and survivorship seminars at DFCI. In addition to her work at Dana-Farber, Em is also a certified personal trainer, specializing in an integral approach to fitness, nutrition and weight loss through her private practice located in Jamaica Plain, MA.


I. Understand the rationale for an integrative approach to oncology nutrition

II. Describe dietary recommendations

III. Name one integrative therapy and list the nutrition- related side effects it helps manage


IV. Understand why physical activity is critical component of integral oncology nutrition


V. List the various ways the food industry influences patients food and nutrition decisions.


VI. Explain how the "intangibles" influence a patient's nutritional status





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