Be inspired by the research that will shape future dietetic practice
Over 100 delegates attended this years symposium to hear 60+ abstracts presented. We heard from Helen Bond over breakfast discuss her journey, From the California Orchards to Media Headlines we also heard Avril Collinson RD PhD FHEA present 'the impact of dietitians in the multi-disciplinary GP practice team' – a first look into the dietitians in primary care project commissioned by the BDA and Dr Louise Wilson provided an insight into her research journey during her talk 'a dietitians journey through academic research & the food industry' Plus, there was great feedback from the masterclasses on PEN, JHND and GET.
We also presented a winner in each stream congratulations to all who presented;
Winner of Clinical Nutrition - Jennifer McIntosh for 'A Pilot Study Validating a Nutritional Screening Tool (NST) within a Mental Health (MH) and Learning Disability (LD) Inpatient Population
Winner of New to Research - Jitesh Patel for 'A Pilot Validation Study of an Iodine Screening Tool for Women of Childbearing Age' Stream supported by Yakult
Winner of Nutrition Support - Angela Madden, Simone Bothwell and Malgorzata Szychta for 'A Microbial Evaluation of the Effects of Preparation Methods & Storage of Blended Feeds' Stream supported by BDA PENG
Winner of Paediatric - Sarah Bremner for 'Cross-Sectional Survey Exploring the Use of Blended Diet for Tube-Fed Paediatric Inpatients' Stream supported by BDA Paediatric Specialist Group
Winner of Public Health - Bethany Barlow for 'Child and Adult Orientated Breakfast Cereals: A Cross Sectional Analysis of Nutrient Profile' Stream supported by BDA Public Health Specialist Group
Winner of Service Evaluation - Kaylee Allan for 'A Retrospective Service Evaluation of Whether a Nasal Bridle Improves Nutritional Delivery in Critically Ill Adult Patients'
Abstract will be published in a special edition of JHND in March 2019.
Save the date - Wednesday 4 December 2019
Abstract submission opens - Wednesday 10 April 2019
Abstract submission closes - Monday 15 July 2019
In 2018, three members spoke about their experiences at the BDA Research Symposium
Dr Tom Butler wrote Where does the evidence come from?
Theis a great platform for dietitians to present work undertaken such as evaluation and audits, in addition to clinical trials. Every time I attend I'm always pleasantly surprised by the variety of talks and the additional contacts made that are always useful from a collaboration point of view. Read more
Caroline Bovey wrote on her experience attending the Research Symposium for the first time
For me, this was another first. I’d like to say that I’m not really sure why I have never been to the event before, but the truth is, I had assumed it “wasn’t for me”. This is one of those situations where our own bias and possibly even the voice of our own imposter tells us that the symposium is for ”others”, those who are HE academics, or pure researchers, those who are aspiring or established PhDs. Well, yesterday I had my eyes well and truly opened. Read more
Emma Langan wrote on the Research Symposium from a student's perspective
If we want to influence the future of the profession and make positive differences, then continuing research is the key’. This requires; motivation, commitment and ambition. So basically, if you have an area of interest – then pursue it, go for what interests you! Read more
BDA Student Representative Kostas Eleftheriadis attended the 2018 Symposium and commented;
Attending the research symposium was an unforgettable experience. I got the chance to see some new exciting research and final year projects from other newly graduated dietitians who found some very interesting results. I’ve also had a chance to network with other students and leaders in the research area of dietetics, which sparked some new ideas about my final year dissertation. It undoubtedly is an excellent chance for students to get exposed to a day full of research on various areas ranging from public health to clinical nutrition. I would recommend that student dietitians interested in research should attend and take advantage of this opportunity to seek advice, guidance and support in undertaking research in the future.
Want to be involved in research?
- Not sure how to get started with research?
- I don't have time for research?
The symposium aims to provide a link between those already doing research and those looking at or starting their research journey, attend and be inspired by the presenters, gain valuable contacts plus pick up a few top tips too.
We want all dietitians to involved in some form of research throughout their career - maybe undertake a service evaluation or audit of service, there are so many possibilities for you to develop the future practice of dietetics.
Interested in progressing your research career, find out more about the Integrated Clinical Academic Programme
Guidance for peer reviewers
Peer reviewers and authors may find the reviewer guidance helpful. Further information
on peer reviewers guidance can be found on JHND NOTES the Journal of Human Nutrition and
Dietetics Editor’s blog.
- BDA Research Symposium - Birmingham - Wednesday 6 December 2017 - Find out what happened and who won best abstracts