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HUNT Research Presented Internationally

Friday, 24 July 2015

The Department of Human Nutrition was well represented at a recent nutrition conference, with senior lecturer Dr Bernard Venn and PhD candidate Andrew Reynolds both presenting new research to an international audience.

The 33rd International Symposium of Diabetes and Nutrition was held in Toronto, Canada earlier this month with 250 delegates from all over the world attending. “As the primary scientific event of the Diabetes and Nutrition Study Group (DNSG), this symposium is recognised as one of the most important events of it’s kind” said Professor Jim Mann, a cofounder of the first symposium and founding president of the DNSG.

Dr Venn and Andrew both presented work on their recent research trial considering the effect of physical activity on blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes. Andrew was awarded the 2015 DNSG Young Researcher Award for his oral presentation on this topic. 'I didn't know there was a competition-not everything is, so I was completely unprepared when they called out my name' he said. Andrew also presented on fibre as a marker of carbohydrate quality, which was well received.

Both researchers have since returned to Dunedin to continue their work and responsibilities within the department.Andrew in Toronto
Andrew presented his award by conference organisers Dr John Sievenpiper and Dr Cyril Kendall. Photo provided by Dr Sonia Blanco Mejia