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When: Live Virtual Learning: Second Thursday of Every Month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Meeting Platform
United States
Presenter: Christian C. Evans, PT, PhD
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff, Member Services Manager

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Interested in research? The IPTA’s Research Awareness & Support task force are now offering FREE monthly Live virtual learning webinars that helps our members stay informed about ongoing research efforts, and insight and knowledge on current research and researchers. Plus  - participants can earn continuing education credits (CE).


"Gut Microbiota in Obesity and Diabetes: Pathological and Treatment Implications"

Earn 1 FREE hour of CE!

Join us for this month's Spotlight on Research Virtual Learning course as Christian C. Evans, PT, Ph.D presents his research on "Gut Microbiota in Obesity and Diabetes: Pathological and Treatment Implications."


Currently there is an epidemic of obesity and diabetes in the United States and public health efforts to stem this trend are not effective. While diet and exercise are the key to preventing and managing these conditions, the effects of lifestyle treatment may go beyond just energy balance (i.e. shifting the body to negative energy balance). The gut microbiota likely plays an important role in obesity and diabetes. This presentation discusses the role of the gut microbiota in promoting and sustaining obesity and diabetes and how it can be manipulated with diet, exercise and other lifestyle modifications to prevent or treat these conditions.  


Upon completion of this virtual learning webinar, participants will be able to:

  1.   Describe the role of the following factors in the development of obesity and diabetes:
    • The gut microbiota
    • Diet and Exercise
    • Antibiotics
    • Pre & probiotics
    • Fecal microbiota transplant
  2. Describe how these factors interact in the development of obesity and diabetes
  3. Describe how these factors may be used in the prevention or management of obesity and diabetes


Christian C. Evans, PT, Ph.D. Dr Evans completed his BS degree in Environmental Resource Management from The Pennsylvania State University in 1980, his entry-level physical therapy education (MS, PT) at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1992 and a doctoral degree in the Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000. Christian was a recipient of a Foundation for Physical Therapy, Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholar Fellowship (1998-2000) supporting his doctoral research and a Foundation for Physical Therapy grant in aid supporting post-doctoral research investigating the use of a left-ventricle assist device to restore cardiac function in patients with heart failure. His research interests include prevention and treatment of obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes through exercise. He has over 10 years of clinical experience, including phase I cardiac rehab and acute care. He has authored many presentations and publications related prevention of obesity and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Cardiopulmonary Section. Dr Evans is a Professor of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University where he teaches pathology, pharmacology, research and cardiopulmonary physical therapy.



You are encouraged to send questions and comments prior to the event using the IPTA Research Question Box and the IPTA Research Forum. Please note that you must be logged into the site as an IPTA member to submit your questions.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will also be eligible to earn up to 1 FREE CE by filling out a short evaluation form. You MUST RSVP, prior to the date of webinar, in order to receive the email that is sent out the morning of the webinar with the evaluation link.



Webinar Instructions: 

Topic: Spotlight on Research: Gut Microbiota in Obesity and Diabetes
Time: Feb 8, 2018 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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    Meeting ID: 463 413 1429


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Note to Nonmembers: The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association!


The IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).



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