The project

The role of medical nutrition therapy is well known in many diseases. In particular, some neurological diseases of children may benefit form a “special diet” which is named “ketogenic diet”.
The aim of this project is to evaluate the impact of ketogenic diet on growth in children that must follow this therapy because they are affected by a rare genetic disease, glucose transporter type I deficiency (GLUT1 deficiency syndrome), or by drug resistant epilepsy.

The ketogenic diet is the first-line and so far the only available treatment for children with GLUT1 deficiency syndrome.
It should be started at birth and, until new therapies will be available, it must be continued all life long. In these children the glucose transporter doesn’t work and the brain cannot receive enough glucose (and so energy) for its correct development and functioning, with consequent onset of intellectual disability and movement disorders.

Ketogenic diet is effective also in drug-resistant epilepsies (in which seizures persist despite antipetileptic medication use), that represent about 20% of all childhood epilepsies.

This treatment is strongly different from healthy and balanced diet recommendations, because it is an high-fat, normo-protein and low-carb diet. It is specifically set in order to increase the production of ketone bodies (which give the name to this special diet), used by the brain as an alternative fuel instead of glucose.

Creating and realizing a special diet for each children requires an important team work, which includes qualified physicians expert in nutrition, neurology and paediatrics, dieticians and nurses (keto-team).
Children and their parent must be educated on which foods can or cannot be consumed and which supplements must be taken daily. It is also essential to evaluate the nutritional status of these children, measuring weight, height and body composition before and after diet initiation.
The correct implementation of this regimen generally does not lead to any adverse effect, but requires regular follow-up visits and examination. The use of this diet in children takes particular attention to avoid interference with growth, an effect of this treatment which has not been studied in depth, yet. A strict auxological monitoring is necessary to identify any eventual growth deflections that could need for further examinations, in order to investigate the presence of a possible reduced secretion of growth hormone, specially in those children who have a genetic disease.

Ensuring an adequate nutritional and growth status consents an improvement in health and quality of life of these children and their families, in particular for those who have to follow KD for many years or life long.

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Goals

1° GOAL: 12.000 euro

Expenses for specialistic instrumental analysis

2° GOAL: 24.000 euro

Scholarship (1 year) for a young researcher

3° GOAL: 36.000 euro

Extension of the scholarship for the second year

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1 body composition evaluation or 1 nutritional intake evaluation

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1 group session of nutritional education

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Guided tour of Human Nutrition Centre of University of Pavia

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when feasible, acknowledgment in the papers regarding the project

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Anna Tagliabue

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Anna Tagliabue

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Full Professor Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Pavia.
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Cinzia Ferraris

Coordinatore

Cinzia Ferraris

Coordinatore
Coordinator. Post Doctoral Assistant, University of Pavia
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Claudia Trentani

Claudia Trentani

Dietitian, University of Pavia
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Monica Guglielmetti

Monica Guglielmetti

Dietitian, University of Pavia
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Marilde Viale

Marilde Viale

Medical Doctor, specialist in Nutrition, University of Pavia
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Sara Bellodi

Sara Bellodi

Psychologist, University of Pavia
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Valentina De Giorgis

Valentina De Giorgis

Medical Doctor, specialist in Child Neurology and Psychiatry, IRCCS Fondazione Mondino
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Costanza Varesio

Costanza Varesio

Medical Doctor resident in Neuropsichiatry, IRCCS Fondazione Mondino
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Ludovica Pasca

Ludovica Pasca

Medical Doctor resident in Neuropsichiatry, IRCCS Fondazione Mondino
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Ilaria Brambilla

Ilaria Brambilla

Medical Doctor, specialist in Pediatrics, IRCCS Fondazione Policlinico San Matteo
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Ottavia Ferraro

Ottavia Ferraro

PhD Student in Psychology, Neuroscience and Data Science, University of Pavia
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