Annual BDA Research Symposium abstract stream winners announced

Annual BDA Research Symposium abstract stream winners announced

07 December 2016

The Annual BDA Research Symposium abstract stream winners were announced at the event on 7th December 2016.

On Wednesday 7 December in Birmingham City Centre, over 70 people attended a day full of informative and interesting discussions. There were 47 abstracts presented and there was a ‘buzz’ on site and Twitter #BDAResearch.

The day also included talks from Professor Mary Hickson on Future Dietetic Workforce – working towards a new strategy and Yvonne McKenzie on 'a personal journey: Evidence-based research to compliment clinical dietetic practicethere was also the return of Angels Cradle, this was successful again with our expert panel discussing the research dilemmas put forward by the audience.

Satellite Symposium

This year saw us host the Satellite Symposium in Northern Ireland. The satellite edition was held on Wednesday 30 November with 70 people attending and 14 abstracts presented alongside Dr Caomham Logue presenting 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’.

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It was great to see abstracts from Coventry University, University of Chester, London Metropolitan University, University of Nottingham, Leeds Beckett University, University of Plymouth, University of Surrey, University of Hertfordshire, Glasgow Caledonian University, Queen Margaret University and Ulster University plus a range of clinical dietitians.

The winners of four streams (Clinical Nutrition, New to Research, Public Health and Service Evaluation) were across the two editions plus a prize was awarded for the best abstract in Northern Ireland and a prize at each edition for the Paediatric stream.

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.

Thank you ...

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. We thank Aymes for their support of the Northern Ireland edition and Dr Caomham Logue and Paula McGurk for presenting during the day. A special thanks go to Professor Mary Ward and Pauline Douglas for their support in organising the first edition.

Additional Streams

2016 saw the return of paediatric stream, supported by the BDA Paediatric Specialist Group and the winner of the paediatric stream at each edition was presented with a free place at the next Paediatric Study Day. There was also the addition of the new sport and exercise nutrition stream, supported by SENr (Sport and Exercise Nutrition Stream). The best abstract from Northern Ireland was supported by Aymes and Wiley Blackwell – Wiley have offered a book of choice from the BDA Wiley publications. For more details on the Dietetic Manual or BDA Book Series please refer to the BDA website.


  • 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.

What's next

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.

The date for the 2017 edition has been released, we will return to Birmingham City Centre on Wednesday 6 December 2017. We plan to announce details for Northern Ireland soon.   

Abstract submission will be open from May to mid-July, look out in Members Monthly and on the BDA website for further details.  

supported by Yakult

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