How our Summit developed:
We held our 1st Annual International Summit on Medical Nutrition Education and Research in August 2015. The summit successfully brought together experts from across the globe to strengthen and promote international initiatives and exchange knowledge on medical nutrition education and research. Speakers came from seven countries, across four continents. The message from all the speakers was clear and consistent – there is woefully little nutrition in medical curricula across the globe. It is therefore no surprise that we hear of people receiving little, if any, nutrition support from doctors; or advice that is based on nutrition myths rather than evidence.
Following the success of this first Summit, we hosted the 2nd International Summit on Medical Nutrition Education and Research from June 17th to June 19th 2016. This 2-day event included speakers from all over the world. There was a Great Nutrient Debate, representatives from Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), among many other interesting speakers. Our key note, Dr Rachel Pryke, brought it all together for how we can make a difference in the lives of our patients. The proceedings have been written and will be published later this year.
International Summit, June 2018
How our Summer School developed:
Nutrition Education Review/Research Interests Group (NERG):
NNEdPro collaborates with the Nutrition Education Review/Research Interests Group (NERG) in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine. We have introduced nutrition teaching in the clinical phase of the Cambridge Undergraduate Medical Curriculum and we provide opportunities to conduct Student Selected Components (SSCs).
Generic Nutrition Training with the MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (EWL:
Modeled on the success of NERG, in collaboration with MRC EWL scientists, NNEdPro developed the Public Health Nutrition Forum to deliver courses for postgraduate students and staff in Cambridge. Collaboration with the MRC EWL also facilitates Associate Nutritionists on an academic training pathway to full registration in the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (Public Health Nutrition and/or Nutrition Science categories).
Further development is underway to launch a suite of online training courses endorsed by Cambridge University Health Partners over the coming year.
Cambridge Summer School:
Using all the teaching material above to collate and consolidate all course materials developed to date, NNEdPro introduced the first Cambridge Summer in June 2016. Material taught in this week-long course is based on core materials endorsed by Cambridge University Health Partners and will lead to a certificate in Applied Human Nutrition after completion.