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2019 - Dr Angela Madden presented 'Challenging dietetics: be curious, be critical and be kind'

What we heard

The one hour talk examined areas of dietetics where practice has changed direction and where once standard approaches have been challenged by emerging evidence and subsequently revised. 

Inspired by Professor Elsie Widdowson’s major contribution to generating and applying scientific evidence, the lecture drew on Angela’s clinical and research expertise using examples from gastroenterology and hepatology, and consider how evidence has changed past and current practice and how dietitians initiate, engage in and lead these developments.

Looking to the future, Angela considered other potential areas of practice aiming to stimulate dietitians to continually be curious and critical about their practice and, where evidence indicates, to challenge the status quo.

2018 - Professor Kevin Whelan presented modifying the microbiome in gut health and disease: research as the foundation of dietetic practice

What we heard

This one-hour talk discussed the gastrointestinal microbiome, a complex ecosystem of trillions of bacteria, how our understanding of its role in health and disease is rapidly expanding as a results of molecular microbiological techniques that can accurately characterise its composition and diversity and 'omics' technologies that measure its metabolic activity.

Professor Whelan provided an insight into the ongoing research being under taken in the field, including studies and controlled trials of microbiome-modifying interventions and a wide range of disorders - plus the results which are often surprising!

Previous lectures


Dr Angela Madden -Challenging dietetics: be curious, be critical and be kind


Professor Kevin Whelan - Modifying the microbiome in gut health and disease: research as the foundation of dietetic practice


Joyce Thompson - Realism in nutrition and dietetics


Dr Clare Shaw - Dietetics and Oncology: A Brief History of Time


Linda Hindle - Achieving our potential


Dr Miranda Lomer - From food additives to FODMAPs:
a dietetic journey through gastroenterology


Wendy Martinson OBE - Science into practice - What do Olympians really eat?


Judyth Jenkins MBE - C.H.I.P.S are good for you


Azmina Govindji - Use your influence to make an impact: could this be the era of the dietitian?


Rosemary Richardson – Modernisation of the NHS – will Dietitians become an endangered or protected species?


Diane Talbot – Nannying or Nuturing? Policies aimed at Changing Dietary Behaviour


Jane Thomas – The Challenge for Change


Gary Frost – Dietary Carbohydrates from Cells to Man


Patricia Judd – What's the Evidence – Practice, Advertising and the Popular Nutritionist


Anne de Looy – Are we ready for the challenges

2004 Sheila Bingham – What do people eat? Adventures in Nutritional Epidemiology
2003 Annie Anderson
2002 Margaret Lawson
2001 Susan Jebb