Elsie Widdowson Lecture

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The Elsie Widdowson Lecture is organised and supported by the BDA General and Education Trust Fund. The fund exists “to advance education and other charitable purposes related to the science of dietetics”. The Trust can make grants to any individual or organisation engaged in dietetic research or related activities. The Trust Fund has a long history of supporting the science and practice of dietetics through the promotion of national awards which recognise the excellent work carried out by many members.

The Elsie Widdowson lecture has been presented annually since 2001, each year Council invites one senior members of the profession, who is deemed to be at the pinnacle of their career, to deliver the lecture.

About Elsie Widdowson

Elsie Widdowson CH CBE was a pioneer in the history of dietetics and, along with Robert McCance, carried out research for around 60 years. They pioneered many aspects of the understanding of human nutrition throughout the 1930’s and 1940’s. They are also well known for undertaking much of the experimentation on themselves, including starvation diets. Their work was of vital importance during the years of the Second World War and led to the publication of The Chemical Composition of Foods.

The BDA launched an annual lecture in her memory in 2001.  Lectures are given on any topic that the recipient wishes and attract considerable interest amongst the profession. Each year Council invites one senior members of the profession, who is deemed to be at the pinnacle of their career, to deliver the lecture.

Previous lectures

2001 Susan Jebb
2002 Margaret Lawson
2003 Annie Anderson
2004 Sheila Bingham – What do people eat? Adventures in Nutritional Epidemiology
2005 Anne de Looy – Are we ready for the challenges
2006 Patricia Judd – What's the Evidence – Practice, Advertising and the Popular Nutritionist
2007 Gary Frost – Dietary Carbohydrates from Cells to Man
2008 Jane Thomas – The Challenge for Change
2009 Diane Talbot – Nannying or Nuturing? Policies aimed at Changing Dietary Behaviour
2010 Rosemary Richardson – Modernisation of the NHS – will Dietitians become an endangered or protected species?
2011 Azmina Govindji - Use your influence to make an impact: could this be the era of the dietitian?
2012 Judyth Jenkins MBE - C.H.I.P.S are good for you
2013 Wendy Martinson OBE - Science into practice - What do Olympians really eat?
2014

Dr Miranda Lomer - From food additives to FODMAPs:
a dietetic journey through gastroenterology

2015

Linda Hindle - Achieving our potential

2016

Dr Clare Shaw - Dietetics and Oncology: A Brief History of Time

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