December 12, 2014, by Duane Mellor

Dietetic Students Present at BDA Research Symposia

Last week two dietetic students presented the projects they undertook as summer projects at the end of their second year at British Dietetic Association (BDA) Research Symposia in Birmingham.


Catherine Anderson (above) presented her work which was a systematic review that investigated the effects of watching television on healthy food choices in children.


Ravi Nagar (above) , who earlier this year was elected as the BDA Student Representative presented his work which evaluated the potential role of a commercial weight management organisation in the management of type 2 diabetes.

Both delivered excellent presentations showing what excellent work students dietitians produce during their time in Nutritional Sciences. Unlike, the majority of the presenters who were presenting final year dissertation work, work undertaken after graduation in practice or even doctorial studies, Catherine and Ravi were presenting work they undertook at much earlier stage in their careers, highlighting what a great future not just these two have but all of our dietetic student have in being able to share the great research environment offered here in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Nottingham. It was also great to see work presented at the meeting undertaken by final year students as well as graduates who are demonstrating the importance of research in developing dietetic practice and improving patient care.

Of particular note was that Ravi was awarded the prize for best abstract in the Public Health category which was open to all researchers, not only students. All the abstracts from the meeting will be published in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2015 (

It should also not be forgotten, that both students were supported and supervised by Amanda Avery and Fiona McCullough who are leaders in the field of dietetics not only within the region but nationally.

If you are interested in studying dietetics, for more information please see ( and specifically at Nottingham ( and for informal inquiries please contact the Master of Nutrition (Dietetics) Admission Tutor – Amanda Avery (

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