Dr. Kelly-Blake presents at Michigan nutrition and dietetics conference

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Center Assistant Director and Associate Professor Karen Kelly-Blake, PhD, recently presented at the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2021 Virtual Spring Conference. Dr. Kelly-Blake presented on “Dietitian and Client Base Mismatch: Are There Ethical Implications?”

In this information age, the ways patients gather information about their health and how they process this information to make decisions, within the constraints of their particular social context, is of utmost importance. Dr. Kelly-Blake explained the value and ethical aspects of shared decision-making to enhance nutrition adherence goals, help practitioners understand the constraints of the dietitian and client dyad mismatch, and address this mismatch with the goal of advancing professional practice.

Dr. Cabrera speaks at nutrition, enhancement conferences in April

Laura Cabrera photoCenter Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Cabrera recently spoke at the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual conference, held April 26-27 in Bay City, MI. Dr. Cabrera spoke on “Dietetics and Ethics: What is your Professional Role?” Her talk aimed to provide guidance on understanding and identifying ethical issues that registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and nutrition and dietetic technicians, registered (NDTRs) may face in their practices. Her session was well attended and interactive.

Dr. Cabrera also traveled to New Jersey to speak at the Ethics of Enhancement Workshop at Rutgers University-Camden, held April 27. There she spoke on “Neuroenhancement: Rethinking Human Values.” Her talk aimed to explore the way values affect and are affected by enhancing cognitive, affective and social abilities, and argued that a social responsibility framework could help us bridge the tensions underlying the interplay of values and neuroenhancement practices.