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Functional Medicine for Depression in a Primary Care Setting

April 30, 2021

This NPacers Webinar will provide cutting-edge information in the field of Mental Health, specifically Depression, geared toward primary care providers. Advanced Practice Primary Care providers are increasingly faced with treating and managing their patients’ mental health challenges as depression, anxiety and stress become more prevalent in our society. NPACE offers this live webinar to help you meet these challenges. 

Additionally, we are pleased to offer a partner-hosted, non-CE Webinar featuring the most sought-after, up-to-date information about Major Depressive Disorder in Chronic Kidney Disease. Don’t miss these important webinars.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage and interact with the speakers and get answers through Q&A sessions directly following the presentations.


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James M. Greenblatt, MD
A pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, James M. Greenblatt, MD, has treated patients since 1988. After receiving his medical degree and completing his psychiatry residency at George Washington University, Dr. Greenblatt completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine and Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Greenblatt has lectured internationally on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and mental illness. He is the author of seven books, including Finally Focused: The Breakthrough Natural Treatment Plan for ADHD. He is the founder of Psychiatry Redefined, an educational platform dedicated to the transformation of psychiatry, which offers online CME-approved courses, webinars, and fellowships for professionals about functional and integrative medicine for mental illness.
Laura Frank, PhD, MPH, RDN, CD
Dr. Laura Frank is a Nephrology Medical Science Liaison for Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Development and Commercialization (OPDC), Inc. With a Doctorate in Exercise Physiology, a Master’s degree in Public Health in Epidemiology, a Master’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology, she has spent her career studying the importance of lifestyle management in its role in the prevention and/or attenuation of chronic diseases. Her post-doctoral research at the University of Washington focused on the improvement of metabolic dysregulation through nutrition and/or exercise interventions. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), she has worked in the inpatient and outpatient settings treating patients with renal disease, including Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD), and related conditions. As a patient advocate, Dr. Frank understands the benefits of Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) to drive collaborative care and to improve quality metrics. Dr. Frank has been involved in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research and possesses a certificate in Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR). She also has a strong academic background, with over 12 years’ experience in teaching graduate and/or undergraduate studies, 11 years’ experience as a clinical preceptor, and 8 years’ experience as director of clinical sites for the coordinated program in dietetics for the Washington State University.


Friday, April 30, 2021

Major Depressive Disorder in Chronic Kidney Disease

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Sponsored Non-CE Webinar

Overview of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)/End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD):

  – Discuss the high prevalence of depression in patients with CKD.
  – Discuss how the overlap of symptomatology between MDD and CKD makes diagnosing depression in the setting of CKD challenging.  
  – Discuss the association of MDD with poor outcomes in CKD.
  – Discuss potential risk factors and mechanisms of MDD in CKD.
  – Discuss the cycle between MDD and ESRD.
  – Address challenges in MDD management considerations in CKD patients.

  Sponsored by NephU

Functional Medicine for Depression in a Primary Care Setting

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Many patients with depression do not respond to standard antidepressant treatment even after the addition of second and third antidepressant trials. As standalone therapies, antidepressant medications are likely to be unsuccessful in yielding therapeutic benefits. However, there is a considerable amount of scientific research that supports adjuvant nutritional therapies.

This presentation, Functional Medicine for Depression in a Primary Care Setting, will explore some of the common underlying biological factors precipitating depression. Practical, evidence-based interventions to enhance the efficacy and minimize the side effects of antidepressant medications will be described. Common nutritional deficiencies and their relationship to mental health status will also be discussed in detail. Following the presentation, participants will be able to describe a functional medicine approach to support patients and their families struggling with depression.

This session is accredited for 1.0 CNE credit.





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