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Sources, health benefits and global challenges of protein
Monday 26 October 2020, 5.30pm – 6:40pm
In partnership with the Nutrition Society
Format: presentation, speaker panel and time for questions from the online audience.
Prof Andy Salter
Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry, University of Nottingham
Dr Jorn Trommelen
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University
Prof Ailsa Welch
Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology, University of East Anglia
Preparing for the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on older people
It is estimated that around 1.3 million older people in the UK are living with malnutrition or are at risk of being malnourished, with 93 per cent of these living in the community. With the rapid increase in British older adults, it is increasingly important to find strategies to maintain and improve good health and well-being in the older population. As people get older they tend to eat less, and specifically less protein. This could negatively affect health because protein intake is particularly important as we age. With age, people are less able to use the protein they eat to build muscles and perform other important biological processes. Moreover, many protein sources – such as meat, fish and nuts – become more difficult to eat or are expensive and time-consuming to prepare. As a result, people tend to eat less while they need more protein. Low protein consumption has been found to result in increased illness and infection and increased chances of falls, fractures and hospital stays. It can also lead to reduced mobility, independence and wellbeing, and increased early death. Dr Emmy van den Heuvel, Prof. Katherine Appleton and Prof. Jane Murphy have conducted research investigating the barriers to consuming high-protein foods in older adults. One research study examined whether finding new and interesting ways to eat eggs could be a way to encourage older adults to consume more protein.
Eggs are a good source of protein, and are soft, they are easy to prepare, they are relatively cheap and have a long shelf-life compared to other protein rich foods, and therefore may help to increase protein intake in older adults. In a randomised control trial with 100 participants, older adults were given six high-protein egg-based recipes every fortnight for three months, along with herb and spice packets. The study found that by providing these new ideas for high protein meals, participants who were given the recipes increased their egg intake for up to 12 weeks after the intervention.
The study is now published online ahead of print in Public Health Nutrition at http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1368980020002712.
The work was funded by Bournemouth University and the British Egg Industry Council.
Monday 14 Sept at 17:30: Discussion with speakers on Non-Malignant Cancers, Precision Medicine and Genome Mapping.
Sarah McDonald, Director of Research and Patient Advocacy Myeloma UK
Dr Karthik Ramasamy – Consultant Haematologist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Inês Cebola, Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction, Imperial College London
Dr Ian M Frayling – Honorary Consulting Genetic Pathologist to St Mark’s Hospital, London & St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin; Honorary Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Inherited Tumour Syndromes Research Group, Cardiff University and President Elect, Association of Clinical Pathologists
Mon 28 Sept – 17:30-19:00: Discussion meeting Science Education – supporting the UK as a science superpower(being held in partnership with STEM Learning Ltd) – speaker presentations followed by questions from the online audience (responsive and pre-submitted). Speakers:
Donald Morrison, Senior Vice President and General Manager for People & Places Solutions, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Jacobs
Baroness Brown of Cambridge (Professor Dame Julia King) DBE FREng FRS Chair of STEM Learning