Research Symposium 2017

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The Annual BDA Research Symposium returned on Wednesday 6 December, with abstracts presented across the five streams (Clinical Nutrition, New to Research, Paediatric, Public Health and Service Evaluation) The day was full of informative and interesting discussions, with nearly 100 people in attendance. There were over 60 abstracts being presented, the best abstract winner of each stream was awarded at the end of the day.

The day included talks from Professor Gary Frost on getting ready for a fellowship application and best practice for success, followed Dr Clare Pettinger presenting her award winning research uncovering the complexity of workplace wellbeing using a cross-case analysis approach which she completed as part of a recent research fellowship position. This research won Clare the prestigious CAHPR Public Health Research award in June 2017. We also heard from Patricia Thomas from University of Exeter, who spoke to us about new research being undertaken and how dietitians need to get involved and Dr Judy Lawrence provided an update on JHND and PEN, the benefits of using the resources and how to get published in both resources.

We would like to thank Yakult for their continued support of the event and the New to Research stream. We would also like to thank Professor Gary Frost, Dr Clare Pettinger, Dr Judy Lawrence, Sian O’Shea, Sarah Trace and Kiran Atwal for chairing the session streams throughout the day.

Abstract stream winners

  • Clinical NutritionKatherine Markwell, University of Chester & Griffin UniversityThe implementation and evaluation of a novel postplacement clinical debrief for final year undergraduate dietetic students’
  • New to Research, supported by Yakult – Hannah Lea, University of Surrey GraduateA retrospective study to measure anthropometric, co-morbidity and micro-nutrient changes two years after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass’
  • Paediatric, supported by BDA Paediatric Specialist Group – Alina Bidgood, London Metropolitan University Graduate A cross sectional study assessing the use of restricted diets in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)’
  • Public Health, Stacey Portbury, Coventry University GraduateA cross-sectional survey comparing the online price of healthier pre-packaged food products with less healthy alternatives using the Food Standard Agency’s traffic-light rating’
  • Service EvaluationJessica Parkin, City Healthcare Partnership CIC Impact of an Eating Disorder Day Service on Quality of Life, Body Mass Index and patient and staff experiences: A multi- method evaluation’

RS Attendees

Picture - attendees on the day

We are also pleased to announce all abstracts will be published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (JHND) in March edition. – keep a look out and why not sign up for a JHND alert?  

Feedback from the day was great and we hope this has inspired many to start or continue with research - find out what our delegates thought about the day ...

The date for the 2018 edition is confirmed, returning to Birmingham on Wednesday 5 December 2018. Abstract submission will be open from May to mid-July, look out in Members Monthly, Research E-zine and the BDA website for further details.  

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