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Dairy Council

Conference: Nutrition and Health - What's New?

Mindful mealtimes for children and dietary shifts to improve nutrition and sustainability were among the key discussion points at our 'Nutrition and Health' conference at W5, Belfast on the 21 March.

Chaired by Professor Sean Strain from Ulster University, the conference shed light on new developments in nutrition science and practice, including those in relation to dairy foods, and featured a virtual presentation from Dr Sandra Iuliano from the University of Melbourne whose research shows the impact of improving dairy consumption for older people in residential care homes.

The audience also heard from Dr Claire McEvoy (Queen’s University Belfast) asking if diet can protect against cognitive decline during ageing, and Dr Michael Crowe (Dublin Dental University Hospital) who shared insights around the potential role of dairy foods in dental health.

Professor Ciarán Forde (Wageningen University) and Professor Marion Hetherington (University of Leeds) spoke on the research challenges for processed food and health, and the role of reading infant cues in responsive feeding, respectively. A virtual presentation from Professor Nicole Darmon (French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment) gave the audience insight as to how best to measure dietary shifts to improve nutrition and sustainability.

Dairy Council for Northern Ireland nutritionist, Dr Carole Lowis commented:

“It was fantastic to be back in person again to uncover some of ‘what’s new’ in nutrition research. Our annual conference serves as a platform for experts in their field to present the latest science helping us to understand more about nutrition and health including the role that dairy has to play in a healthy, sustainable diet.”

Nutrition and Health Professionals can read more about the conference and see some of the presentations here at Annual Conference, 2023

Pictured from left are Professor Sean Strain OBE (Ulster University), Dr Claire McEvoy (Queen’s University Belfast), Dr Michael Crowe (Dublin Dental University Hospital & Trinity College Dublin), Dr Carole Lowis (Dairy Council NI), Professor Ciarán Forde (Wageningen University) and Professor Marion Hetherington (University of Leeds)