1st Workshop on Ketogenic Diets

IDA Delhi Chapter announces 1st Workshop on Ketogenic Diets


Date:                      3rd & 4th October, 2015


Venue:                   Auditorium, Trauma Centre, AIIMS


Timings:                08:30 am to 06:00 pm                     3rd Oct, 2015

                               09:00 am to 03:00 pm                     4th Oct, 2015


Guidelines for Registration

  • Registration opens from 20th August 2015 – 20th September 2015.
  • Only 50 participants will be pre-registered for this workshop.
  • Only pre-registered participants will be allowed on first cum first serve basis. No spot registrations will be allowed.
  • 1 doctor - 1 dietician teams will be preferred. Two teams from single hospital will not be considered.  (In case seats are vacant, second team may be considered on the last day of registration).
  • Fill up the attached registration form and send to us through email address: idadelhichapter@gmail.com.
  • For queries, ring up 011-26588746 between 10 AM – 12 noon from Monday – Friday or send us an email at idadelhichapter@gmail.com


Who can register for the workshop?

  • Dietician – doctor team working in neurology set-up of the hospitals OR freelance dietician – doctor team with each having at least 10 years of total clinical experience/ practice.
  • Freelance practicing dieticians/ nutritionists with 15 years of experience who would like to tie up with neurologists in future.  
  • Academicians / lecturers of Home Science colleges with more than 6 years of experience in teaching medical nutrition therapy, therapeutic nutrition and/or clinical nutrition and dietetics.

Note: Only doctor - dietician as a pair will be registered.


Fees: Rs 2000/= per head.


Take home Material

  • A CD of the PPT on the entire workshop will be provided to the participants.
  • A manual on the diet will also be provided.
  • Certificate of participation with 2 credits

Faculty: Dr.Janak Nathan, Consultant Neurologist from Mumbai will be conducting the workshop. Dr Janak Nathan is the pioneer of Ketogenic Diet in India. He is a member of the 12 member ILAE (International League Against Epilespy) and the Task Force for Dietary Therapies in Epilepsy. He has conducted similar workshops in Kuala Lumpur and Karachi.

Dr Suvasini Sharma, Assistant Professor, Lady Hardinge Medical College & Kalawati Saran Children’s Hospital , and  

Ms Anuja Agarwala, Dietician AIIMS, specialist in paediartic nutrition

will also be part of Dr Janaknathan’s team for conducting the workshop.

The following topics will be covered over a period of 2 days:

  • Epilepsy and uncontrolled epilepsy
  • Management of uncontrolled epilepsy
  • Dietary therapy – types of diet
  • Classical KD – introduction and history
  •  Metabolism in fed and fasting state
  • Indications and contra-indications for KD
  • Pre-diet Counseling
  • Pre-diet investigations
  • Initiating pre-diet therapy
  • Starting the diet
  • Monitoring and fine-tuning the diet
  • Side effects of the diet
  • Withdrawal of the diet
  • Mode of action of KD
  • Other Ketogenic diets
  • MCT KD
  • Modified Atkins’ diet (MAD)
  • Low glycemic index therapy (LGIT)
  • High PUFA KD
  • Delivery of KD in special circumstances
    • Infants
    • Tube-fed patients
    • Adolescents and adults
    • Status epilepticus (SE)
    • Glut1 Deficiency disorder
  • Use of KD in other disorders
    • Cancer
    • Autism
    • ALS
    • Mitochondrial disoders
    • And others
  • Future of KD
  • KD in a pill?



Management of epilepsy using special dietary therapies as second line of treatment have been found to be very effective in reducing seizure frequency by 50% in 6 months. Newer therapies such as Modified Atkin’s diet (MAD) and Low glycemic index therapy evolved as easier but equally effective therapies with no side effects. Not only epilepsy, these therapies have been found effective in diverse disease conditions.

Researches are in progress for optimization of therapy and to establish the diet therapies as first line of treatment supported with enough evidence. However, constant guidance and frequent follow ups are required by treating doctor – dietician team to ensure compliance, monitor side effects (if any), fine tuning of diet and drugs etc.

Synchronization between the doctor – dietician is important for proper administration of therapy. Administration of dietary therapy in improper way may have serious consequences. Thorough training for dieticians and doctors having some years of experience is recommended.

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