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Today’s Research Becomes Tomorrow’s Breakthrough

The Borum lab searches for answers when people have chronic symptoms with no adequate treatments. Understanding how components of dietary intake influence health and disease can often contribute to those answers. Altering dietary components or the ratio of them to each other is a current research effort to improve symptoms and promote health.

PKT FOR FAMILIES

What is Precision Ketogenic Therapy (PKT)?

PKT uses food to reduce the need for medication in specific patient populations.  This therapy is low in carbohydrates, meets all nutrient requirements, and is palatable. It takes sustained effort from patients, family, caregivers and the PKT Team but has demonstrated efficacy.   

Am I a candidate for PKT?

Candidates must…

  1. Pass screening tests
  2. Commit to a six month or longer trial period
  3. Willing to follow program requirements

What does the PKT process look like?

Step 1: Candidates are referred to one of our physicians in the program. 

Step 2: Upon evaluation, an informed consent is signed. 

Step 3: Pre-Initiation Education 

Step 4: Initiation 

Step 5: Patient Monitoring with patient and families communicating frequently with the PKT team. 

Treating families like family

Patients and their families join the “PKT Village” along with the PKT Team.  Each member having a critical role in administering PKT to the patient.  The PKT Village works together better than a team - we work together as a family.

PKT FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

As a healthcare provider, you can provide PKT to your patients by collaborating with the University of Florida PKT program in three different ways.   

Refer patients to the University of Florida for their neurological care

You can transfer care of pediatric patients to the University of Florida Pediatric Neurology Division and the care of adult patients to the University of Florida Epilepsy Division in the Department of Neurology.  Neurologist within these divisions will refer the patients to our PKT program if appropriate.

Refer patients to the University of Florida for the PKT portion of their neurological care

You can refer pediatric patients to the University of Florida Pediatric Neurology Division and adult patients to the University of Florida Epilepsy Division in the Department of Neurology for evaluation for PKT.  If the patients are referred to our PKT program and decide to enroll in the program, the UF neurologist will be the PKT neurologist collaborating with you to coordinate PKT with the rest of the patients' neurological care.

Establish a PKT program as part of your neurological practice

You can establish your PKT program using resources provided on this website.  If you desire collaboration with the University of Florida PKT Program in creating your program, we will be happy to work with you.

We enjoy sharing our thoughts and wonderments of using food as medicine. Since we have a diverse audience, we have a blog series for different groups including patients and their families, healthcare providers, and scientists. Links below take you to the most recent blog in each series.

Patients and Families

Precision Ketogenic Therapy and Telehealth

Telehealth Became Essential During COVID-19  From 1995 through 2019, the University of Florida PKT program conducted most activities in-person. During the COVID outbreak, we started incorporating more PKT activities via telehealth. There will always be times when a physical examination or certain procedures require an in-person visit, however, we found that most PKT activities can [...]

Healthcare Providers

PKT Healthcare Provider Teamwork and Telehealth

Digital Consultation on a Common Patient As a Healthcare Provider Team, we need to work together to care for the PKT patients.  Throughout the time PKT is administered, we need the ability consult with each other and to share important documents like clinic notes and labs.  During the early stages of PKT and at times [...]

Scientists

Academic Research Lab Surviving COVID

Surviving a Pandemic Our lab thrived in 2020 by using a telework strategy. We quickly moved from working and meeting in a physical location on the University of Florida (UF) campus to an online virtual environment to perform assigned duties, projects, and patient clinical visits. While we could pause our animal work, we could not [...]