About this event

  • Date and time Wed 15 Jul 2020 from 9:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Food and Health

Please note this event has been postponed. The new time and date for this event is Thursday 19 November 2020 from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Please book your place here

A 2015 study found that the cost of malnutrition in the UK was estimated to be £19.6 billion per year, accounting for about 30 per cent of hospital admissions and 35 per cent of care home admissions. Despite of this, many doctors are still unable to give comprehensive nutritional advice to their patients and help them understand the impact of food on their health.

It is now more important than ever to meet this education gap in the medical curricula and help medical students and trainees develop their skills and knowledge in nutrition education. Join us as experts shed light on the importance and effective provision of nutrition education for future doctors

Learning objectives include:

  • Understand the benefits of improved nutrition education for future doctors.
  • Value the impact that nutrition-savvy doctors can have on their patients and public health.
  • Know the principles of effective nutrition education.
  • Be inspired to lobby for greater nutrition education in medical curricula.

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Key speakers

Professor Sumantra Ray

Founding Chair and Executive Director, NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health

Professor Christopher Nutting

President Elect, RSM Oncology Section

Dr Pratima Singh

Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Dr John Nichols

Royal College of General Practitioners, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Surrey


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Chair: Anthony Mander, President of the Forum of Food and Health

History of nutrition in medical education - impact of nutrition in health

Eleanor Trelize, T-Year Graduate Entry Medicine Student, St George’s, University of London, Dr Catherine Tsang, Senior Lecturer Nutrition & Health, Academic Consultant (Productivity & Innovation Centre), Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine, Anthony Mander


Speaker TBC

Lessons from over a decade of nutrition education provision

Professor Sumantra Ray

Tea and coffee break
The case of nutritional medicine as a science

Dr John Nichols, Royal College of General Practitioners, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Surrey

Innovations in lifestyle medicine in undergraduate medical education

Professor Paola Dey, Public Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk

Panel discussion

Afternoon session

Chair: Anthony Mander

Nutrition targets for general medical services?

Speaker TBC

The metabolic and molecular regulation of physical activity and nutrition in skeletal muscle, in relation to ageing

Dr Phil J. Atherton, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Centre of Excellence, Royal Derby Hospital, University of Nottingham   

Tea and coffee break
Nutritional interventions in oncology

Professor Christopher Nutting, President Elect, Royal Society of Medicine, Oncology Section

Nutritional interventions and sarcopenia

Speaker TBC

Dietary interventions in mental health

Dr Pratima Singh, Consultant Psychiatrist, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Panel discussion: What is the way forward

Chair: Anthony Mander

Completion of evaluation forms
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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