Professor Kevin Whelan presents the Elsie Widdowson Memorial Lecture 2018


We are delighted to announce that Professor Kevin Whelan PhD FBDA RD will present this year's Elsie Widdowson Memorial Lecture on Thursday 5 July. 

Professor Whelan will present modifying the microbiome in gut health and disease: research as the foundation of dietetic practice

What will we hear? 

This one-hour talk will discuss the gastrointestinal microbiome, a complex ecosystem of trillions of bacteria, how our understanding of its role in health and disease is rapidly expanding as a results of molecular microbiological techniques that can accurately characterise its composition and diversity and 'omics' technologies that measure its metabolic activity.

Professor Whelan will provide an insight into the ongoing research being under taken in the field, including studies and controlled trials of microbiome-modifying interventions and a wide range of disorders - plus the results which are often surprising!

How can I listen to the lecture?

The lecture will be presented after the BDA AGM on Thursday 5 July - find out more about the AGM and locations including Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast and Leeds.

Find out more about Professor Whelan

Professor Whelan is Professor of Dietetics and Head of Department of Nutritional Sciences at King's College London.  He was awarded BDA highest honour, a fellowship in July 2017, following the announcement Kevin spoke to Dietetics Today editor - read the interview in August 2017 Dietetics Today page 26 (log in required)

Professor Whelan has undertaken extensive research on probiotics, prebiotics, fibre and dietary interventions in gastrointestinal health and disease, funded through national agencies such as the Medical Research Council and National Institute of Health Research and charities such as Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. He has published over 100 full papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the Series Editor of the BDA Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics book series. Find out more about Kevin and his current research