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Unprecedented success for undergraduates at Nutrition Society meeting

Nutrition Nottingham 150x150 Thursday 16 July 2015

Undergraduates from Liverpool Hope University had eight pieces of research accepted onto the programme of the 2015 Nutrition Society Meeting – making them the most successful university or research institution to participate in the conference.

The Nutrition Society meeting is a platform to discuss the latest developments in the Science of Nutrition, mostly at postgraduate and post-doctoral level. The 2015 meeting, which was held in Nottingham, accepted 88 proposals for inclusion on the programme – and eight of them belonged to Liverpool Hope undergraduates.

The theme of the conference was The Future of Animal Products in the Diet: Health and Environmental Concerns and included plenary talks from Tufts University and Michigan State University in the US, University of Zurich, Switzerland and several universities in the UK, as well as original communications from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Japan, the Netherlands, Ghana, Malaysia, Germany, Cyprus and France.

The final year students collaborated with leading Liverpool Hope researchers on four oral presentations and four poster presentations. Topics included diet quality, usage and perceived benefits of nutritional supplements in young healthy adults, breakfast skipping and its impact on the health and diet of young adults and an investigation into the variation of nutritional status of university students in relation to their level of study.

The Nutrition course at Liverpool Hope University is now accredited by the Association for Nutrition

The meeting marked an exciting year for Nutrition students, who in March took part in an information sharing outreach event for young people at Toxteth Fire Fit.

Dr Farzad Amirabdollahian, Principal Lecturer in Nutrition, said: “Our students have made us proud. Regardless of publication and presentation and a big achievement for their CVs, they should be very proud of themselves presenting at such level. I am grateful for the exceptional time and effort invested in preparation, submission and delivery of these research outputs. I am also grateful for the Departmental grant that partially paid for travel expenses of our students and facilitated their attendance.”

Gemma Glendinning, who presented at the event, said: "The nutrition conference was a very enjoyable experience which allowed me to gain a vast amount of knowledge and provided great insight into the nutritional world. I learnt a lot from the conference and felt privileged that my colleagues and myself were given the opportunity to present our work at this prestigious event."

 

Oral Presentations:

·         Lowry, S., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) Diet quality, usage and perceived benefits of nutritional supplements in young healthy adults.

·         Webb, J., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) An investigation into the effects of dietary supplementation of coconut oil on blood lipids and anthropometric measurements in healthy adults.

·         Treadwell, R.L., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) Breakfast skipping: impact on health parameters and quality of diet in young adults.

·         O’Hagan, Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) An investigation into the cardiometabolic risk amongst young adults from different ethnic backgrounds.

Poster Presentations:

·         Foster, H., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) An investigation in the quality of diet and adequacy of energy and macronutrient intake amongst male and female university students.

·         Ockenden-White, P., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) An investigation into the adequacy and perception of benefits and barriers of physical activity in relation to the nutritional status of university students.

·         Glendinning, G., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) An investigation into gender variation in the nutritional status of young adults

·         Wing, L., Alaunyte, I and Amirabdollahian F (2015) An investigation into the variation of nutritional status of university students in relation to the level of study.

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