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The Ketogenic diet has been used since 1921 to treat certain forms of childhood epilepsy that do not respond to medication 1. More recently, it has also been used effectively in the treatment of adult epilepsy 2. Many world-renowned medical institutions have implemented diet clinics and administrative protocols specializing in the ketogenic diet (for example, Johns Hopkins, UHN, SickKids Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital). Although this diet has been implemented in the treatment of epilepsy for decades, to date there have been no nationwide studies to identify challenges and boundaries met by administering diet clinics. There is a need to identify gaps and hurdles faced by healthcare providers, patients, and families using ketogenic therapy in Canada. For instance, established clinics generally require inpatient initiation of the diet as well as continual monitoring and follow-ups by registered dietitians 3. The existing process limits the number of patients that can benefit from this dietary therapy. Given current technological and digital advancement in-home monitoring systems and diagnostic tools, more efficient use of existing healthcare resources in that field would help expand the number and geographical distribution of patients benefiting from this dietary therapy.

Students:

Ms. Samar Mouaaz

BSc, MHScTR

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Sick Kids Hospital, Kisoji Biotechnology
Research Technician , Research Technologist , Research Associate

Ms. Alexandra Panicucci

Honours BSc, MHScTR

Think Research, University of Toronto

Capstone Supervisor:

Prof. Joseph Ferenbok

PhD
Translational Research Program, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Revolutionary Translator, Director

Capstone Advisory Committee:

Sandy

BSc (Hons) in Medical Biophysics from the University of Western Ontario, RD
m-Health Solutions Inc.
Innovation Translator, CEO m-Health Solutions Inc.

Jennifer

KetoSuite
Co-Founder

Eduard

MSc, MD, FRCP(C)
Southern Ontario Epilepsy Clinic
Neurologist

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Ms. Samar Mouaaz

BSc, MHScTR

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Sick Kids Hospital, Kisoji Biotechnology
Research Technician , Research Technologist , Research Associate

Ms. Alexandra Panicucci

Honours BSc, MHScTR

Think Research, University of Toronto
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The Ketogenic diet has been used since 1921 to treat certain forms of childhood epilepsy that do not respond to medication 1. More recently, it has also been used effectively in the treatment of adult epilepsy 2. Many world-renowned medical institutions have implemented diet clinics and administrative protocols specializing in the ketogenic diet (for example, Johns Hopkins, UHN, SickKids Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital). Although this diet has been implemented in the treatment of epilepsy for decades, to date there have been no nationwide studies to identify challenges and boundaries met by administering diet clinics. There is a need to identify gaps and hurdles faced by healthcare providers, patients, and families using ketogenic therapy in Canada. For instance, established clinics generally require inpatient initiation of the diet as well as continual monitoring and follow-ups by registered dietitians 3. The existing process limits the number of patients that can benefit from this dietary therapy. Given current technological and digital advancement in-home monitoring systems and diagnostic tools, more efficient use of existing healthcare resources in that field would help expand the number and geographical distribution of patients benefiting from this dietary therapy.

Capstone Supervisor:

Prof. Joseph Ferenbok

PhD
Translational Research Program, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Revolutionary Translator, Director

Capstone Advisory Committee:

Sandy

BSc (Hons) in Medical Biophysics from the University of Western Ontario, RD
m-Health Solutions Inc.
Innovation Translator, CEO m-Health Solutions Inc.

Jennifer

KetoSuite
Co-Founder

Eduard

MSc, MD, FRCP(C)
Southern Ontario Epilepsy Clinic
Neurologist