Dietetics and nutrition grad wins prize at conference

Anna Monen won Best Abstract in the Nutrition Support category for her study exploring malnutrition in head and neck cancer patients.

Date: 17 December 2019

Anna Monen, a Dietetics and Nutrition BSc graduate, has claimed the prize for Best Abstract in the Nutrition Support category at the annual British Dietetics Association (BDA) symposium 

The symposium is an important event within the dietetics and nutrition calendar, providing professionals with the opportunity to showcase their research and highlight the ongoing development of dietetic practice.

Anna presented a retrospective study which looked at malnutrition in head and neck cancer patients during and post-radiotherapy, with her work conducted at the University College London Hospital.

Anna said: “I was supported & encouraged by my supervisor, Preetpal Kainth, to present my research at the symposium to increase the awareness of the need for long-term nutritional support in oncology patients. 

“The symposium gave me a great opportunity to share my own research and learn what other research was being conducted throughout the various dietetic specialities, as well as meeting other dietitians from across the country who also share the same passion for nutrition and research as me.”

Anna credits the support she received while at London Met for her success: “London Met is a great place to study. The lectures created a very supportive environment, providing me with an abundance of resources and materials that helped to unlock my potential whilst encouraging me to achieve my best results.”

“Anna was very motivated from the start with her final year research project,” said Preetpal Kainth, course leader for Dietetics and Nutrition MSc and Anna’s supervisor. 

“With much hard work and dedication to the project, Anna wrote up a very good piece of work and was encouraged to submit an abstract to the BDA Research Symposium, a highly recognised symposium in the field of dietetics. We are very proud that she presented her work and delighted that she won the top prize for the best abstract in Nutrition Support.”

Anna Monen receiving her award at the conference