Satellite Symposium Speakers

We are pleased to annouce the Dr Caomhan Logue and Dr Paula McGurk will be presenting at the Satellite Symposium on 30 November.

Dr Caomhan Logue

Lecturer in Dietetics, Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Ulster University

About Caomhan - Caomhan graduated with BSc Dietetics from Ulster University (UU) in 2012 and subsequently worked as a Clinical Dietitian in the South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen. He recently completed his PhD at UU which investigated the feasibility of a biomarker approach for assessing intakes of low-calorie sweeteners (LCS). The novel analytical method he developed for determining urinary concentrations of five commonly consumed LCS is being applied to investigate the relationship between LCS and health outcomes. Caomhan also has a keen interest in public health and works with local organisations which deliver a range of health promotion programmes to populations in areas of high socio-economic deprivation.

Dr Logue will be presenting a novel urinary biomarker approach for assessing intakes of low-calorie sweeteners.

Summary - Low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) are increasingly used as sugar substitutes to provide a sweet taste with little or no energy. Current research approaches do not adequately determine LCS intakes. Data will be presented on a novel approach developed for assessing LCS intakes and its potential application.

Dr Paula McGurk

Health Improvement Dietitian, Northern Health and Social Care Trust (NHSCT) and PR Officer for BDA Northern Ireland Branch

About Paula - Paula obtained a PhD in 2008 from the University of Ulster in the area of Diabetes, she then completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics in 2010. The majority of her dietetic career has been spent in the University Hospital Southampton where she held a dual post as a research and clinical dietitan. Here she collaborated with many researchers, including Professor Marinos Elia, in the area of malnutrition and had the opportunity to present her work at national and international conferences. Paula currently works in Health Improvement within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

Paula will be presenting rapid and reliable self-screening for nutritional risk in hospital outpatients using an electronic system

Summary - This study examined an electronic nutritional self-screening procedure for feasibility and for reliability, rapidity, and ease of use by hospital outpatients.