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9 - 12 April 2018

Course details

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Fees Medical Doctors:
    - 4 day Specialist Modules - £800
    Optional assessment for specialist modules - £250
  • Fees Nurses/Allied Health Professionals:
    - 4
     day Specialist Modules - £500
    Optional assessment for specialist modules- £250
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Step 1: Email us your qualifications and/or a short CV to cpd@imperial.ac.uk

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This short course is one of the modules from the MRes Clinical Research programme http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/medicine/clinical-research/

This pathway specific module provides a greater insight into the academic, clinical, practical, and regulatory requirements of human nutrition and introduces the latest in cutting-edge research.

Aims

In this module you will discuss and debate the research methods required to study human nutrition in controlled and free living situations. You will explore body composition methodology as a way of highlighting these techniques. You will be exposed to the latest imaging, metabolic enquiry and nutritional epidemiology techniques. During this module you will gain skills in measuring diet, nutritional status and body composition. You will also build on skills of critical appraisal, data interpretation and presentation in relation to nutrition research.

You will discuss the research methods required to study human nutrition in controlled and free living situations and be equiped with the skills to evaluate body composition in a variety of populations and settings. You will also gain skills in how to measure diet, and nutritional status in a variety of populations and settings. Detailed information of the latest imaging, metabolic enquiry and nutritional epidemiology techniques will be provided. You will also enhance and develop skills of critical appraisal, data interpretation and presentation in relation to nutrition research.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, participants should be able to:

1. Examine how the basic components of dietary intake relate to health and the aetiology of disease.

2. Evaluate a range of dietary assessment methods to determine nutritional status in a variety of populations and settings.

3. Differentiate epidemiological versus experimental methods when assessing nutritional intake and status and explain how these might be applied in both the research and clinical settings.

4. Appraise the application of cutting edge tools and technologies such as metabolomics in the context of human nutrition.

5. Undertake practical techniques and interpret body composition or dietary intake data.

Module Schedule

The module is delivered as a 5 day block at the start of term 2. Students will be provided with self-directed learning materials prior to the block teaching commencing (flipped learning), which will be used to enhance active teaching sessions during the module. Further formative tasks and support will be available throughout and following the module.

 Assessment (optional)

The summative assessment for the module will consist of one practical (OSCE style) session led by two of the teaching team (both Registered Dietitians), in which students will independently be asked to take a measure of body composition or dietary assessment of one of either 1) waist circumference 2)bioelectrical impedence, 3)24 hour dietary recall or 4) completing a validated nutrition screening tool. Following the practical aspect, there will be a short series of questions to assess whether students can verbally interpret the results (based on relevant evidence based guidelines) and students will be further questioned on the topic e.g. what are limitations of the method, in what setting is the method appropriate. These practical skills are regularly undertaken by Registered Dietitians working clinically and in the research setting. The total practical assessment including questions will take approximately 20 minutes per student, including questions and the oral questioning will be similar in format to an oral examination The students can also undertake additional formative assessment via e-learning on the Blackboard Learn platform.

The practical assessment is schedules to take place the W/C 17th February (date TBC)

More information

Brief outline of content

  • The worldwide scale and importance of nutrition and weight management on the public health problem of CVD
  • The aetiological role of nutrition and weight management in modifying risk factors including hyperlipidaemia, hypertension, central obesity and insulin resistance
  • Critical review of the theory and evidence base for role of diet in the aetiology of CVD
  • Evaluation of the evidence base for diet and weight management and its translation into practical strategies to reduce CVD
  • Assessment methods for diet and weight
  • Achieving dietary targets
  • Achieving weight management targets
  • Group based health promotion in nutrition and weight management
  • Food labeling workshops
  • Ethnicity and diet
  • Pharmacological therapies

Assessment

Coursework submission:  Monday 4th June (Abstract/Poster/Diet sheet)

June presentations: SR1 or SR2 - Weds 13th  / Thurs 14th June