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Dairy Council

Annual Dairy Council Lecture at Ulster University 'Dairy and Bone Health - from the Bronze Age to Balmoral'

Professor David J Armstrong, Consultant Rheumatologist WHSCT, Clinical Lead for Fracture Liaison and Osteoporosis, and Visiting Professor at Ulster University’s Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), gave an insightful presentation into dairy and bone health at this year’s Dairy Council Nutrition Lecture at Ulster University.

Over 130 nutrition students, academics, and health professionals gathered at the 34th Lecture entitled Dairy and Bone Health – from the Bronze Age to Balmoral.

Professor Armstrong said:

“The link between musculoskeletal health and dairy produce is not new. Dairy farming first developed in Anatolia around 7000BC, spreading gradually across Europe and was evident in Ireland from at least 3800BC. Leading medical and nutritional guidelines today continue to recommend dairy produce as part of a balanced and healthy diet".

Newly appointed Chief Executive of the Dairy Council, Ian Stevenson, welcomed the expertise of Professor Armstrong and further insights into the field of human nutrition.  

Commenting he said:

“The Annual Dairy Council Nutrition Lecture is a testament to the long and successful partnership between Ulster University and the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland, bringing leading global research to academics, nutrition students and health professionals here in Northern Ireland. I look forward to building on this success in my new role.”

The annual event hosts a variety of leading researchers from universities around the world who deliver lectures on contemporary issues and emerging research within the field of human nutrition.

Professor Sean Strain OBE, Emeritus Professor of Human Nutrition, Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Ulster University said the event has enabled access to world-leading researchers since it first began in 1991.

“We’re delighted to work once again with the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland in providing opportunities to access some of the leading international researchers in the field of human nutrition, including this year’s speaker, Professor Armstrong.

“Since its first iteration in January 1991, the Annual Nutrition Lecture has become a real academic highlight on the University calendar.”

Nutrition and health professionals can find out more and view the slides and a summay of Professor Armstrong's presentation here.