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2018 attendees

BDA Research Symposium 2019 – PENG are pleased to be supporting a research stream again this year so encourage you to share by submitting an abstract by 15th July!

Key dates:

  • Abstract submission opens - Wednesday 10 April 2019
  • Abstract submission closes - Monday 15 July 2019
  • Research Symposium - Wednesday 4 December 2019, thestudio, Birmingham City Centre

PENG are providing 20 bursaries to cover the registration fee. Allocated on first come first served basis.

All details and links to booking can be found here

2018 winners

Winners of the Nutrition Support stream

The winners of stream in 2018 were Angela Madden, Simone Bothwell and Malgorzata Szychta.

For 'A Microbial Evaluation of the Effects of Preparation Methods & Storage of Blended Feeds'

"Presenting our undergraduate research project at the BDA Research Symposium was a fantastic experience for us all. Our research was a team effort and we were fortunate to share this alongside our project supervisor Dr Angela Madden. We were delighted and surprised to be chosen as the winners from some very high calibre research.

The use of blended diets for patients with long term enteral feeding requirements is rising but research in this area is limited. As one area of concern is the risk of gastrointestinal infection, we measured thee bacterial growth of a sample recipe that had been blended for use via gastronomy. We looked at the bacterial growth at varying storage periods and compared these against industry safety standards. As a team of three, we were able to use a wide range of analysis techniques and learn from each other’s experience with microbiology.

The project not only increased our knowledge from a microbiological perspective but gave us an opportunity to understand the limitations and challenges from a patient/carer perspective.

The BDA Research Symposium was a wonderful opportunity to learn from research that is happening in the field of dietetics and meet others from across the country with a passion for enhancing evidence-based practice. It was fantastic to see the work of dietitians in research and share with colleagues in a friendly and open environment."

"I attended the 2018 BDA research symposium to represent PENG who supported the nutrition support research theme. The event as a whole was a superb showcase of dietetic research and a great networking opportunity to engage with dietetic researchers. This year was the first year PENG had supported a stream and it was fascinating to hear about a wide range of research in the area of nutrition support. I felt inspired by all the speakers and optimistic about the future of dietetic research." Jacklyn Jones, Research and Audit lead for PENG