Report: MEMU Conference in Oman



Nutricia Metabolic Nutrition and The ZB Foundation

The trip was sponsored by Nutricia Metabolic Nutrition. Nutricia believes in providing solutions to health challenges globally where it focuses on Metabolics in Pakistan since the area has not been given a special heed here and only within last two or three years have the emphasis of early life nutrition has changed perspective towards metabolic nutrition. Nutricia Metabolic Nutrition is also one of the strategic partners of The ZB Foundation.



The Role of Nutritionists in the Society

Nutrition also focuses on how diseases, conditions, and problems can be prevented or reduced with a healthy diet. Similarly, nutrition involves identifying how certain diseases and conditions may be caused by dietary factors, such as poor diet (malnutrition), food allergies, and food intolerances. A nutritionist can play an important role in your health by evaluating your diet and offering you personalized advice. Based on your health goals or medical needs, the nutritionist can make recommendations and put together meal plans.


The MEMU Conference

MEMU (Middle East Metabolic University) Conference of two days from 26th to 28th April 2018 was held in Muscat, Oman. Our Clinical Director Dr Ali Raza who is a Pediatrician by specialization was invited to attend the conference along with various other doctors.

It aimed to make the participants become able to

  • Understand the mechainisms of metabolic pathways in Inherited Metabolic Disorders (IMDs)
  • Understand the importance of early life nutrition and treatment because prevention is better than cure
  • Understand how to practice dietary management of the IMDs particularly by calculations
  • Understanding that every nation has a IMDs challenge of its own due to their own regional and dietary factors.

So basically the target audience consisted of nutritionists, metabolic specialists, researchers and pediatricians.

The list of presenters and their topics:

Presenters Topics
·      Chairman Tawfeg ben Omran from Qatar Current and future dietary management of Classic Homocystinuria
·      Reem Al Saadi from Qatar Nutritional assessment in IMDs; Dietary management of Classic Homocystinurua (case study)
·      Dr Osama Aldirbashi   from UAE IMDs and expanded newborn screening; laboratory monitoring of IMDs
·      Dr Fathiya Al Murshedi from Oman NBS in Oman and most common IMDs
·      Qais Al Ismail from KSA                                                           Dietary management of maple syrup urine disease; dietary management of PKU.
·      Dr Pascal Karam from Lebanon Current and future management of PKU
·      Dr Zuhair Al Hasnan from KSA Current, dietary and future management practices of organic academia, urea cycle disorders,
·      Ms Eman Megdad from KSA Dietary management of organic academia (case study); best formula for IMDs diagnosis; emergency dietary management of IMDs
·      Dr Khalid Al-Thihli   from Oman NBS in Oman and most common IMDs
·      Kala Danial from Qatar                     Principles of dietary management in IMDs
·      Nawal Makhseed from Kw Current and Future Management
·      Amira Ahmed from Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition Metabolic Calculator

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