Brenda Davis R.D.

Lead Nutritionist, Diabetes Wellness Research Project
Canvasback Missions, Majuro, Marshall Inseln

Sept. 1982 – Sept. 1983 Dietetic Internship
Ottawa Regional Dietetic Internship Program
Sept. 1978 – June 1982 Honors BASc (Applied Human Nutrition)
University of Guelph

Professional Memberships:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (#00850237)
Dietitians of Canada (#387)
College of Dietitians of British Columbia (#0217)

January 2006 to present
Lead Nutritionist, Diabetes Wellness Research Project, Canvasback Missions, Majuro, Marshall Islands.
Position Projects and Responsibilities
Establish a close working relationship with key staff members in the Marshall Islands Ministry of Health.
Assist in the building and establishment of the Diabetes Wellness Center.
Assist in the design, development and implementation of all aspects of the research project.
Develop and implement health education resources, including presentations, interactive workshops, shopping tours and handouts.
Develop all menus and recipes or research project and special events.
Provide one on one consultation to all research intervention participants and follow up when needed.
Oversee all aspects of the diet and nutrition component of the research study.
Provide guidance, orientation and counsel to other staff dietitians.
Train and supervise kitchen staff – Marshallese and non-Marshallese.
Work with MOH staff, providing education and training as needed.
Develop intervention schedules, as needed.
Assist investigators with research, as needed.
Develop and maintain working relationships with government and community leaders, and project partners, including grocery store managers, restaurant owners and chefs and agriculture experts.

Keynote: Pflanzenbasierte Ernährung - eine Lösung für Diabetes? (EN)

In this presentation, Brenda Davis, RD, author and internationally acclaimed speaker, will provide an update on the scientific evidence suggesting that whole food plant-based diets provide powerful treatment options for patients will type 2 diabetes. She will share the outcomes of her work using a plant-based dietary protocol in the Marshall Islands, which has among the highest incidence and death rates from diabetes. Practical suggestions for designing optimal plant-based diets for diabetes reversal will be provided.

Plant-based Diets in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease

This presentation provides an update on plant-based diets in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. Brenda summarizes the recent research comparing similar, health-conscious meat eaters, semi-vegetarians, pesco-vegetarians, lacto-ovo vegetarians and vegans. The impact of dietary choices on the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases is explored, and evidence for the use of plant-based diets in the treatment of these diseases reviewed. Practical suggestions for maximizing the protective capacity of plant-based diets are provided.

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