Research Symposium 2015

Symposium logoThe Annual BDA Research Symposium was held on Wednesday 2 December in Birmingham City Centre. The day was full of informative and interesting discussions, with over 100 people in attendance. With over 80 abstracts being presented (quite possibly a BDA record), the winner of each of the streams was awarded at the end of the day.

The day included talks from Professor Mary Hickson on ‘Developing a clinical academic career in dietetics’ and Dr Duane Mellor on ‘European Networks for Research – Sharing Practice and Innovation’.

We would like to thank Yakult and Cereal Partners UK for supporting the event, as well as Amanda Avery, Professor Mary Hickson, Dr Julie Lanigan, Dr Judy Lawrence, Paul McArdle, Dr Duane Mellor, Dr Emma Parsons and Dr Clare Pettinger for chairing the session streams throughout the day.

2015 saw the addition of the new paediatric stream, supported by the BDA Paediatric Specialist Group. The winner of the paediatric stream was presented with a free place at the next Paediatric Study Day and a copy of the Clinical Paediatric Dietetics, 4th edition provided by Wiley.

Announced Winners

The five winners of the 2015 Research Symposium provide great examples of dietitians involved in research. Here, they talk in more detail about their winning research projects.

  • Clinical Nutrition - Jill Twomey, Evaluation of the Nutrition Impact Symptoms (NIS) score as a nutritional screening tool for renal inpatients.
  • New to Research, supported by Yakult - Amy Eldrid, Validity of digital photography as a means of assessing the dietary intake of post-operative colorectal surgery patients.
  • Paediatric, supported by BDA Paediatric Specialist Group – Georgina Barton, Cross-sectional survey to assess the adherence of commercial weaning foods for four to six month-old infants with UK recommendations on the timing of gluten introduction.
  • Public Health, supported by Cereal Partners UK – Dr Duane Mellor, Weight status of student & practicing UK registered dietitians (RDs): Influence of self-stigma & professional confidence, an interim analysis.
  • Service Evaluation - Anya Bricknell, Effectiveness of a dietitian-led weight management intervention in patients with severe mental illness.

Research award winners
Pictures of Winners: L-R Amy Eldrid, Dr Julie Lanigan, Georgina Barton, Julie Foster, Dr Duane Mellor, Jessica Sheppard, Anya Bricknell and Jill Twomey.

We are also pleased to announce, the majority of abstracts will be published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (JHND) in upcoming editions.  

Event supported by:

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