A Taste of Healthcare Webinar Series March-April 2022

Iss Das 3.0 - Event #6

Event 4 of 5: Diet and Diabetes: Carbohydrate Consensus vs. Controversy

Date: April 13, 2022
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm CET
Speaker: Christopher Gardner, Ph.D.
Language: English
Location: Zoom webinar
Registration: Required
Cost: Donation-based

About this event

Diabetes cases and their respective health complications have been on the rise globally for decades. Food plays a huge role in the prevention and treatment of diabetes, and dietary interventions should be part of every diabetes therapy. At the same time, the role of carbohydrates in the development and treatment of the disease remains controversial, leading to uncertainty among health professionals and patients.
Professor Gardner from Stanford University will share his insights from landmark trials he conducted on these topics. He will cover relevant human intervention trials with an engaging blend of science and humour. Thereby, the emphasis is on consensus and controversy in the area of dietary carbohydrates.

About the series

“A Taste of Healthcare” webinar series covers the links between nutrition and some of our most pressing global health threats. We are extremely happy to welcome a selection of leading international researchers in their fields to share their knowledge with you during the series. The series provides medical students with the knowledge, motivation, and tools to implement optimal nutrition in clinical practice and healthcare systems.

There are a total of five 90-minute webinars in this series with one or two speakers per event, plus a Q&A / discussion session afterwards. Please register in advance for each individual event by clicking on the register buttons on each event registration page. Please note that you will be redirected to Zoom to complete your registration. Registration for all events in the series is also possible. Please only register for all events if you intend to participate in all of them as spaces are limited.

Participation certificates and recordings

PAN Members will receive a participation certificate for their attendance at these webinars. Please make sure you use the email address linked to your PAN Membership account when registering.

The recording of all webinars in this series will be made available (subject to speaker permission) to PAN members in the webinar recordings area once the series is complete.

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Christopher Gardner, Ph.D.

Christopher Gardner holds a PhD in Nutrition Science from UC Berkeley and is the Rehnborg Farquhar Professor of Medicine at Stanford. He is the incoming chair of the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee. For over 30 years his research has examined what to eat and what to avoid for optimal health. This includes more than 20 nutrition intervention trials conducted with >2,000 participants. Relevant to this presentation are the two landmark Low-Fat vs. Low Carb weight loss diet trials: A TO Z (JAMA 2007) and DIETFITS (JAMA 2018). A recently completed trial contrasted a Ketogenic Diet to a Mediterranean Diet among adults with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. The outcomes in these trials are typically cardiometabolic factors (e.g., lipids, insulin, glucose, blood pressure, inflammation/immune function, body composition).

About PAN University Groups

This PAN webinar series is organised in cooperation with PAN University Groups, a project from the Physicians Association for Nutrition. This international community of medical students organises numerous activities and educational events on a local, national and international level to make nutrition a central part of every medical students’ education and professional toolkit. If you’re a medical student motivated to learn more about nutrition and how you can implement this valuable knowledge into effective patient care, then come along and find out more. At the end of each event in the Q&A session, we will give you more information about how you can get involved with PAN University Groups.

Read more about PAN University Groups here.


Associação Nacional de Estudantes de Medicina (National Association of Medical Students Portugal)


Bundesvertretung der Medizinstudierenden in Deutschland (Medical Students Association Germany)


El Consejo Estatal de Estudiantes de Medicina (Medical Students Association Spain)

IFMSA Poland

Międzynarodowe Stowarzyzenie Sudetów Medycyny (International Federation of Medical Students' Associations Poland)