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Building the next generation of nutrition researchers

Posted:  Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Nestlé Nutrition Institute (NNI) is helping to build the next generation of nutrition researchers in Australia by providing several ‘Emerging Researcher’ awards with key professional associations and societies.

At the annual Dietitians’ Association of Australia (DAA) national conference, the DAA 2014 Emerging Researcher award (proudly supported by the NNI) was presented to Kelly Lambert, a Wollongong-based Dietitian, for her research into Nutrition as Medication (NAM) in malnourished hospitalised patients. Malnutrition is a common and under-recognised problem that can actually prolong hospital admissions.

“This research highlights some of the barriers malnourished patients may experience when in hospital and by examining these, and working more closely with other staff, we, as Dietitians can make a big difference,” said Ms Lambert.

In presenting Ms Lambert with her award, DAA President Liz Kellett said: “Kelly is a passionate and dedicated nutrition researcher. Her paper in our journal, Nutrition & Dietetics, was innovative, and she has a good track record in top-quality scientific papers in other journals.”

“Providing the Emerging Researcher awards is a great way for the NNI to connect with the next generation of nutrition researchers, and provide a helping hand at a critical time in their career”, said Peter Fryer, the Manager of the Nestlé Nutrition Institute in Oceania.

Similar awards were presented recently at the Perinatal Society of Australia New Zealand annual congress in Perth, with the winner being Jessica Reid from Adelaide for her research work on fortifying human milk. Lisa Gibson from Perth was the successful recipient at the inaugural DOHaD (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) Australia New Zealand congress, where the Nestlé Nutrition Institute supported an Award for translational research initiatives, which make a difference and contribute to a ‘healthier start to life’.