A Deeper Understanding of Renal Nutrition

L-R – Chua Hong Wee, CEO of NKF, Wan Ahmad Hafiz Wan Md Adnan, Nephrologist, Prof. Tilakavati Karupaiah, Professor of Taylor’s University, Professor Joel D. Kopple, Professor Emeritus at David Gedden UCLA School of Medicine, Goh Seng Chuan, Vice Chairman of Board of Directors of NKF and Dr Zulfitri Azian May Daud, Senior Lecturer, Universiti Putra Malaysia

NKF’s 4th Renal Nutrition Seminar featured world-renowned expert

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Malaysia hosted the 4th Renal Nutrition Seminar in collaboration with the International Federation of Kidney Foundation (IFKF) to develop and promote a continuous education programme to further renal nutrition education of dietitians, doctors and other healthcare professionals. The 200 participants came from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore.

Held at Nexus, Bangsar South, Kuala Lumpur, the two-day seminar was open to both local and international registered dietitians, physicians, and other medical experts to develop a deeper understanding in topics such as Intradialytic Parenteral Nutrition, Nutraceuticals for Inflammation, Muscle Wasting in Protein Energy Wasting and Phosphate Management in line with Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone Disorder (CKD-MBD) guidelines. Local Malaysian data was also utilised during the delivery of the topics.

Among the notable speakers, the seminar also welcomed guest speaker – Professor Joel D. Kopple who served as the Chief of the Division of Nephrology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Centre from 1981 to 2007. The attendees were thus given a rare opportunity to tap on the vast knowledge and experience of the renowned father of the field of Renal Nutrition, during the two-day seminar.

Speaking at the opening launch, Dr. Thiruventhiran Thilaganathan, the Chairperson of the NKF 4th RNS 2018 Organising Committee said, “Based on a study published by the Ministry of Health in June 2018, the number of Malaysians with CKD is projected to significantly increase due to the increasing prevalence of diabetes, hypertension and the aging population. Therefore, shared decision making and close collaboration between different levels of healthcare is essential and could reduce the deterioration in kidney function by as much as 50%.” 

“Aside from educating the public and patients about renal health, NKF strives to take a holistic approach to broaden the knowledge of renal nutrition education of not only our patients, but also our medical practitioners. We are very fortunate and thankful to have the support of the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) for this Seminar which gave our attendees a chance to pick the brains of a renowned veteran in the field,” he added. 

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Malaysia is a non-profit charitable organisation dedicated to helping Malaysians suffering from end stage kidney failure who lack access to or cannot afford dialysis treatment. NKF currently has over 1,600 dialysis patients receiving subsidized dialysis treatment in over 28 dialysis centres nationwide.

For more information or to donate towards the organisation’s efforts, please visit  HYPERLINK “http://www.nkf.org.my” www.nkf.org.my or call 03-7954 9048.