The Longevity Through Fasting and Nutrition course is based on the evidence-based science behind dietary interventions, including fasting and its clinical applications, which have been shown to induce benefits for overall longevity, and for various disease states.

This course is dedicated to physicians, biologist, pharmacists, nutritionists, and other healthcare professionals, seeking clinical information and cases about aging, age-related diseases, nutrition, and fasting mimicking diets.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performances. Non-healthcare professionals enthusiastic about the topic may also register and take the course.

The Longevity Through Fasting and Nutrition course is presented by Create Cures Foundation. The Create Cures Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the purpose of promoting creative, educational and scientific programs aimed at ensuring healthy lives, improving the well-being of all ages and reducing mortality due to noncommunicable diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, autoimmune and neurodegenerative disease as well as obesity. We want everyone, even patients without financial means to be able to benefit from new knowledge and live a healthy, long life.

Create Cures Foundation will use only 25% of total earnings for operational costs and the remaining part of 75% will be invested in the Foundation’s social projects to offer children, teenagers, and younger and older adults the opportunity to live a long and healthy life, in particular for those who suffer from diseases and are in critical financial conditions, and to prevent and support the treatment of noncommunicable diseases like cancer, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative diseases.

In addition, the Create Cures Foundation provides scholarships for health practitioners unable to pay the full rate by offering the Multimedia Course for a free or reduced rate.

CME Accreditation

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Keck School of Medicine of USC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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Content Modules

Module 1
Fasting, Nutrition, and Longevity: Definitions, Types, Physiology, Research, and Nutrition
Module 2
Fasting Mimicking Diet: Background, Clinical Evidence, R&D, Other Considerations
Module 3
Longevity Through Fasting and Nutrition: Practical and Clinical Application
Module 4
Longevity Through Fasting and Nutrition: Clinical Cases

Activity Learning Objectives

1) Assess various fasting definitions and modalities
2) Identify the benefits and risks of fasting based upon published scientific literature
3) Integrate the knowledge of fasting, nutrition, and lifestyle in patient counseling

Course Duration

  • The course duration is about 220 minutes
  • Quizzes and the finals exam require 30-40 minutes

The course is for educational purposes, as there is not a demonstration in healthcare quality improvement based on the data provided.

Dietary guidelines for healthy eating habits and nutrition have been available for many years through the USDA Food Pyramid. However, as demonstrated by the increasing number of overweight/obese individuals in the United States, these approaches are largely unsuccessful. In addition, while these approaches are considered preventive, they are usually not being implemented to treat diseases. For many diseases, the use of pharmaceuticals often remains the only treatment approach considered, ignoring the fact that the combination of certain drugs with certain foods may improve, or even decrease, the drug efficacy.

We will also use our platform to provide this education for the interested layperson (non-CME) and we will continue our educational efforts by presenting these findings at conferences outside of the typical aging research meetings.

The Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Keck School of Medicine of USC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Meet Your Instructors

Sebastian Brandhorst, PhD

Sebastian Brandhorst PhD, has scientific training based in cell biology, molecular biology, medicine, and biochemistry, all of which are highly relevant for his focus on biogerontology research to identify the mechanisms underlying cellular protection, as well as health- and lifespan-regulation, and their translation into clinical applications.

Dr. Brandhorst’s studies are focused on the role and application of short-term starvation, low calorie and/or low protein diets and fasting-mimicking diets on health and lifespan in pre-clinical to clinical studies.

Dr. Brandhorst is a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California.

Romina Inés Cervigni, PhD

Romina Inés Cervigni, Nutritionist Biologist, obtained a PhD from the Open University (UK) focusing her attention on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cancer cells, through basic biology research. She collaborated as a postdoctoral researcher in the field of neuroscience with the National Research Committee (CNR) in Naples and the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy.

Her professional career continued at the Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy, with a Master in Nutrition and Dietetics. this allowed her to combine the preparation and knowledge in different pathological areas with tools to optimize the healing potential of nutrition.

Together with the whole team at the Valter Longo Onlus Foundation, she helps patients suffering from a wide range of diseases to integrate food therapy with standard pharmacological treatments.

Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD

Osama Hamdy, MD, PhD is a world expert and recognized leader in obesity and nutrition in diabetes. Dr. Hamdy is a senior endocrinologist and Medical Director of the Joslin Obesity Clinical Program and Director of the Inpatient Diabetes Program at Joslin Diabetes Center.

He is also Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has a long and extensive clinical experience and is very active in nutrition and obesity clinical research.

His lab led to many innovations and discoveries that changed how we currently manage obesity in patients with either type 2 or type 1 diabetes.

Kurt Hong MD, PhD

Kurt Hong MD, PhD is dual board-certified in internal medicine and clinical nutrition. He is specialized in a comprehensive approach to managing patients with obesity, metabolic diseases, and other nutrition-related disorders.

Dr. Hong is committed to improving outcomes for patients through clinical and translational research. Current interests include study of macro and micro-nutrients affecting energy metabolism, impact of lifestyle intervention on healthcare utilization, nutrition support for aging, and innovative use of computational phenotyping and machine learning for management of chronic diseases.

Dr. Kurt Hong (MD, PhD, FACN) is Professor of Clinical Medicine and the Executive Director of Center for Clinical Nutrition and Applied Health Research at University of Southern California.

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The Create Cures Foundation’s multimedia Courses will operate primarily for educational purposes to teach practitioners or individuals about nutrition, health, and extending the human lifespan. The courses are qualified as an educational activity, as described by section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code and developed not for the purpose of generating revenue. The teaching methods of the courses are objective, and the course content include the factual foundation of the treated scientific theory. The factual foundation is sufficiently detailed to allow students or users to form an independent conclusion about its effectiveness. The information here are provided for general knowledge with the sole purpose of improving or developing the students or users’ capabilities and are not a substitute of professional or medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. It is strongly recommended not to use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified primary care provider and/or specialist.


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