08 Dec 2021

Nearly 200 people attended this year's virtual Research Symposium, which took place today (Wednesday 8 December).

Dietitians, dietetic students and researchers showcased their research through 11 different streams, with 60 abstracts being presented throughout the day.

Dr Miranda Lomer PhD RD, Senior Consultant Dietitian in Gastroenterology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, gave a fantastic presentation on Diet and gastroenterology: how clinical practice influences research and vice versa. Miranda covered how research and clinical practice are very closely intertwined and have formed the basis of her career in diet and gastroenterology.

Dr Danielle Bear, Principal Critical Care Dietitian, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust provided a fantastic and inspiring overview covering the challenges and rewards of research in a talk on her research career to date.

Event sponsors, Yakult provided an informative video and Dom Farsi spoke about about his PhD research on Quorn’s Mycoprotein and Gut Health: What does the science say?

Winning abstracts

Clinical Nutrition

The effectiveness of a self-monitored nutrition diary during radiotherapy treatment for head and neck cancer presented by Jenna Edel, Barts Health NHS Trust

Critical Care supported by BDA Critical Care Specialist Group

An audit of delivery of enteral nutrition in COVID-19 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) presented by Catherine Gallimore, Walsall Manor Hospital

Gastro supported by the BDA Gastroenterology Specialist Group

Do patients fed enterally post gastro-intestinal surgery experience more complications when fed a fibre-enriched feed, compared with a standard feed? A systematic review presented by Konstantinos Eleftheriadis, Dietitian at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and Coventry University

Maternal and Fertility Nutrition supported by BDA Maternal and Fertility Nutrition Specialist Group

The impact of coeliac disease on obstetric complications: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis presented by Emily Budd, University of Plymouth

New to Research supported by Yakult

A cross-sectional survey of salt content in different ranges of ready meals in the United Kingdom presented by Sophie Lovell, University of Hertfordshire

Nutrition Support supported by BDA Parenteral and Enteral Specialist Group (PENG) 

Impact of change in enteral feeding route in Head and Neck Oncology Patients during the COVID pandemic: a retrospective analysis presented by Elizabeth Entwistle, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Obesity supported by BDA Obesity Specialist Group

Service evaluation to assess the effectiveness of Be Your Best childhood obesity intervention
programme in Surrey presented by Christina Menoikou, University of Surrey

Paediatric supported by the BDA Paediatric Specialist Group

A cross-sectional comparison of the nutritional content of complementary baby food pouches and published standardised recipes for infants aged 7-12 months in the UK presented by Siân Tyrrell, University of Hertfordshire graduate

Public Health supported by the BDA Public Health Specialist Group 

Differences in dietary magnesium intakes and dietary recommendations in the UK, USA and Europe: implications for musculoskeletal health presented by Ozlem Yildirim, University of Surrey

Renal Nutrition supported by the BDA Renal Nutrition Specialist Group

Workplace Activities of Renal Dietitians: Results of a UK-Wide Survey 2020 by the Renal Nutrition Group Workforce Planning Working Group, presented by Fiona Willingham

Service Evaluation

Service Evaluation of nutritional assessment and treatment of patients with alcoholic hepatitis admitted under general medicine and gastroenterology in a large teaching hospital presented by Jennifer Towey, Specialist Liver Transplant Dietitian, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, HEE/NIHR Pre-Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellow

The 11 winning abstracts will be published in the BDA Journal Human Nutrition and Dietetics in 2022.

Thank you to our sponsors, Quorn and Yakult, for their support with this year's Research Symposium.