Body Composition and Energy Metabolism (BCEMx) Intensive Workshop

 For graduate students, health professionals and nutrition scientists from academia, agencies, and industry.

Registration for the Spring Session (May 6-10, 2024) opens Monday, January 15, 2024 at 8:00 AM MST!

You can sign-up for the mailing list to receive notification of upcoming dates and updates.

Course Description

The BCEMx Workshop is a 4.5-day course designed to educate clinicians and researchers in the latest body composition and energy metabolism techniques. You will receive hands-on training and opportunities to practice on various equipment. In addition, you will also receive complimentary body composition testing using one of the techniques. You can also opt-in to do self-testing using other equipment for a fee.

The Workshop will take place in-person at our research unit located on campus at the University of Alberta. Click here for a virtual tour. It will be available twice a year in the Spring and Fall. To enhance the learning experience of each attendee, we accept only a maximum of (10) participants per Workshop.

Disclaimers:
  • This programme is designed for beginner learners and is intended to provide a broad overview of and experience using available techniques.
  • This is not a certificate program. However, we will provide proof of completion of the Workshop.
  • Although you will be practicing on specific equipment available at our research facility, we do not endorse any brand.
  • English language proficiency is essential, as this will be the primary language of instruction.
  • You will be taught by instructors with diverse accents.

Goals

Highlights

Itinerary

Itinerary

Computerized Tomography (CT), Dual X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA), Ultrasound (US), Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA), Doubly-Labelled Water (DLW), Whole Body Calorimetry Unit (WBCU).

Each attendee will be responsible for their own food, travel and accommodations. Light snacks will be provided throughout the duration of the Workshop, as well as a lunch on the last day. Attendees will be responsible for all other meals, snacks and beverages.

We reserve the right to make changes to the event program, schedule, venue, or speakers, if necessary. In the event of significant changes, we will notify participants as soon as possible and provide options to continue with their registration or request a refund.

Event Details

Date: 

Monday, May 6, 2024 to Friday, May 10, 2024 (inclusive)

Location: 

8602 112 Street, Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation, Edmonton AB T6G 2E1, Canada

Registration Fee:

The registration fees listed are special 'soft launch' prices for the upcoming Workshop. As a token of appreciation for early participants, we are offering reduced rates during this initial phase. Please be aware that these prices may increase for future dates. We recommend early registration to secure the current rates.  

Developing & In-Transition Countries Developed Countries

Working Professionals $775 CAD $975 CAD

Students $475 CAD $625 CAD


First-time visitors to the Prado Lab will receive priority registration.

The registration fee is intended to recover the costs of staffing expenses. Students and those from developing countries will receive discounted rates to account for inequities in purchasing power and additional costs related to travel.

Once your application has been approved, full payment is required within (5) business days of receiving the invoice. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of your registration. Refer to our cancellation policy below.

Important: 

Proof of registration as a student at an academic institution is required to receive discounted pricing. The address that you provide must also match your passport, as you will receive a formal invitation letter that you must present to Canadian Border Services upon landing to enter Canada.

See page 145-146 (Tables A-C) in the UN classification: https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/wesp/wesp_current/2014wesp_country_classification.pdf


Optional Self-Testing Cost (CAD)

Energy Metabolism - QNRG™ $29

Body Composition - BodPod™ $40

The fees listed are the lowest available rates and are intended to recover the costs of any resources required to run the service(s).

Each attendee will be responsible for their own food, travel and accommodations. Light snacks will be provided throughout the duration of the Workshop, as well as a lunch on the last day. Attendees will be responsible for all other meals, snacks and beverages.

Deadline to Register: 

Sunday, March 31, 2024

How do I register?

1.     Complete the initial application form here.

This will take about 5-10 minutes to complete. You can view a PDF copy of the application form here.

2.     You will receive an email within (2) business days to notify you whether your application was successful. If your application is successful, you will receive a 2nd form to complete and an invoice to pay via credit card.

The 2nd form will take about 5-10 minutes to complete. You can view a PDF copy of the application form here.

You must pay the invoice within (5) business days of receiving notice, or you forfeit your spot. You may also be asked to provide proof of enrolment at an academic institution if you answered “Student” as your current profession.

3.     Once you complete the 2nd form and pay the invoice, you will receive an Official Letter of Invitation within (2) business days.

You may need this letter to apply for a visa, if travelling internationally. You can view the University of Alberta’s guidelines on the visa process here.

Registration will open (4) months prior to the start date. You can sign-up for the mailing list to receive notification of upcoming dates and updates.

Cancellation Policy 

This policy is subject to change. Please review periodically. For inquiries or cancellation requests, contact Anne at caretero@ualberta.ca.

Changes or Cancellation by the Organizer

In unforeseen circumstances requiring cancellation by the Organizer, Participants will be promptly notified and fully refunded within (10) business days of the cancellation request in the original payment form.

The Organizer may change the program, schedule, venue, or speakers. In case of major changes, Participants will be notified and given the option to continue or request a refund.

It is strongly encouraged that Participants choose flexible booking options whenever possible. Under no circumstance shall the Organizer be liable for any costs incurred related to travel, accommodations and any other individual expenses.

Cancellation by the Participant

Participant Cancellation Terms:

Substitutions: Substitutions are permitted with a $100 CAD administration fee, provided the request is made at least (10) business days before the event.

Refund Processing: Refunds will be processed within (10) business days of the cancellation request in the original payment form.

Emergency Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

Definition: An emergency is defined as an unforeseen circumstance that is out of the Participant’s control, such as a serious illness, accident, or death in the immediate family.

Documented proof of the emergency, such as a doctor’s note, accident report, or other official documents, may be requested. Such documentation will be kept confidential as per the University of Alberta’s privacy procedures and policies. Documentation must be received within (5) business days upon request. The request may be denied if the documents prove unsatisfactory. The Organizer reserves the right to evaluate each emergency on a case-by-case basis and make decisions accordingly. The Organizer's decision in such matters will be final.

Cancellation Terms in Case of Participant Emergency:

Rescheduling Process: Upon receipt and verification of the necessary documents, the Participant may reschedule for a future event within the next (12) months. Rescheduling is limited to (1) instance. It is subject to the availability of future events and may incur additional fees if the registration fee for the new event is higher than the original. Participants should submit their rescheduling request and documentation (if requested) to Anne by email at caretero@ualberta.ca as soon as possible.

Force Majeure: For event cancellations due to unforeseen events, such as natural and political disasters, options include attending a rescheduled event or a full refund. No cancellation fee will apply.

Travel and Accommodations

Travel Requirements for International Attendees

You may need a visitor visa. Check here for your travel requirements and here for processing times to obtain a Canadian visitor visa.

If you previously held a Canadian visitor visa in the last (10) years, you may qualify for the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) permit for air travel only depending on your country of residence (e.g., Brazil). An ETA costs only $7 CAD, and most applicants receive their approval within minutes via email.

Once you have registered and paid in full, we will send you the signed Invitation Letter to present to the Canadian Border Services.

We do not provide any immigration-related advice as per the University of Alberta’s institutional policy. Contact Canadian immigration authorities directly to determine if other documentation is required.

Discounted Rates

The University of Alberta has a contract with Maritime Traveller where affiliated personnel and clients can receive the Preferred Supplier rates. In the registration form, you can indicate whether you would like to connect with Maritime Traveller. We will forward your registration information to them, and they can work with you to find the best deals for your travel and accommodation needs.

There is also lodging available at Lister Centre and Peter Lougheed Hall, which are located on the university campus. Lister Centre also offers cafeteria dining from September to April. You can find more information about this option here.

It is strongly encouraged that Participants choose flexible booking options whenever possible. Under no circumstance shall the Organizer be liable for any costs incurred related to travel, accommodations and any other individual expenses. We recommend that you wait to book your flights until at least (45) days prior to the start date in case of any unanticipated program changes.

We will not be providing any assistance related to travel and accommodations.

Food and Beverages

Each attendee will be responsible for their own food, travel and accommodations. Light snacks will be provided throughout the duration of the Workshop, as well as a lunch on the last day. Attendees will be responsible for all other meals, snacks and beverages.

Preparing for the Workshop 

Important: Check your inbox (4) weeks prior to the start date. You will receive some documents to sign, as well as instructions for installing software required for the planned Workshops.

Bring the following items with you:

If you opt-in to do any of the self-testing, you will receive additional information regarding pre-test protocols and instructions.

You can choose to skip workshops and lectures that are not of interest. To obtain the proof of completion, you must attend at least 60% of non-optional activities.

What readings should I do before the Workshop? 

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Contact Information

For any questions related to the program, please contact Anne by email at caretero@ualberta.ca. Please allow 2-3 business days for a response.

We will not be responding to any questions related to immigration, travel and accommodations. Please direct all immigration-related questions to the Canadian immigration authorities.