Research Symposium 2016

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The Annual BDA Research Symposium was held on Wednesday 7 December at thestudio in Birmingham City Centre. New for 2016, we also hosted a Satellite Symposium in Northern Ireland on Wednesday 30th November.

We are also pleased to announce, that the abstracts will be published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (JHND) – watch out for coverage in March edition.


  • Clinical Nutrition – Alastair Duncan, A pilot study to investigate the effectiveness of an individualised diet and lifestyle intervention to reduce type 2 diabetes risk in people living with HIV.
  • New to Research, supported by Yakult – Neasa Forde, The role of a novel gene-nutrient interaction in blood pressure, measured using ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.
  • Paediatric in Northern Ireland, supported by BDA Paediatric Specialist Group – Catherine Telford, Average portion sizes of commonly consumed foods among UK children aged 2-4 years.
  • Paediatric in Birmingham, supported by BDA Paediatric Specialist Group – Amna Mahmood, Parental feeding behaviours in early life and risk of obesity in later childhood.
  • Public Health – Kirsty Porter,  The role of folate and related B-vitamins biomarkers as predictors of cognitive decline in older Irish adults over a five year follow up period: TUDA+5
  • Service Evaluation – Allie Quinn, An Evaluation of the Impact of Participation in Diabetes Structured Patient Education on Patient Behaviour.
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition, supported by SENr (sport and exercise nutrition register) – Ahsana Ajrullah, The effects of high intensity interval training (HIIT) versus moderate intensity continuous exercise (MICE) on lipid profile in adults with Metabolic Syndrome - a systematic review and meta-analyses.

The seven winners of the 2016 Research Symposium provide great examples of dietitians involved in research. Here, they talk in more detail about their winning research projects.


The day included talks from Professor Mary Hickson, Professor in Dietetics, Plymouth University wil present on Future Dietetic Workforce – working towards a new strategy and Yvonne McKenzie, Specialist Dietitian in Gastrointestinal Nutrition and IBS will be present a personal journey: Evidence-based research to compliment clinical dietetic practice. More details on the speakers here.

Watch Mary Hickson on our YouTube channel and view her presentation. - Future Dietetic Workforce – working towards a new strategy presented in Birmingham. Interested in Future Dietitian 2025?  The next milestone date is 30 March 2017 when Prof. Mary Hickson will present the findings of the research. 

On the day, there were 47 abstracts presented across the six streams from new graduates and practising dietitians with 70 people in attendance.

We thank Yakult for their continued supported of the event as well as Professor Mary Hickson; and Yvonne McKenzie for presenting during the day on their ongoing journey in research. Thanks to Anne Holdoway; Dr Judy Lawrence; Professor Mary Hickson; Dr Clare Pettinger and Sarah Trace for chairing the session streams throughout the day in Birmingham.

Northern Ireland Satellite

This year saw the first Satellite Symposium held at Ulster University, Jordanstown Campus on Wednesday 30 November 2016 were 14 abstracts were presented to the 70 people in attendance.

This was an opportunity to hear from clinical and student dietitians showcasing the research being undertaken in Northern Ireland. It was a informative and inspiring day for those in attendance.

The day included talks from Dr Caomham Logue who presented his PhD study on ‘Novel urinary biomarker approach for assessing intakes of low-calorie sweeteners’ and Dr Paula McGurk presented her case study on the ‘rapid and reliable self-screening for nutritional risk in hospital outpatients using an electronic system’More details available on the speakers.

We were delighted to award three of the streams in Northern Ireland (New to Research, Public Health & Service Evaluation) with five prizes being presented at the Northern Ireland Satellite edition.

Event kindly supported by Aymes UK.

Organised in partnership with Ulster University and BDA Northern Ireland Branch.

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