Mediterranean diet and musculoskeletal health – latest findings and solutions

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In the first half of the webinar, Professor Ailsa Welch will outline the scientific evidence relating to the relationship between a Mediterranean dietary pattern and bone and muscle health in children, adolescents and adults.  In the second half of the webinar, Dr Karen Murphy will outline the results of a recently published randomised controlled trial investigating the effects of a dairy-enriched Mediterranean diet on blood pressure.

  1. To provide dietitians and nutrition professionals with up-to-date scientific information on the relationship between the Mediterranean dietary pattern and muscle and bone health in children, adolescents and adults.
  2. To outline how a Mediterranean dietary pattern may be adapted so that it meets Australian calcium recommendations and how it leads to significant improvements in cardiovascular health.
  3. Translate the science discussed into practical recommendations that dietitians can give to their patients.

About the Speakers:

Ailsa Welch is a Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology researching the effects of nutrition on aging, based at The University of East Anglia Medical School. Ailsa’s research focuses on understanding the protective factors in diet for musculoskeletal health (sarcopenia, loss of skeletal muscle mass and function with age), osteoporosis and fracture risk. She also researches into CVD and cancer, in developing dietary assessment methodologies, quantifying measurement error, and in evaluating public health improvement interventions. Ailsa’s research aims to understand the effects of micronutrients (vitamins & minerals) and diet quality (dietary patterns, fatty acids, protein & acid-base load) on musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health. Understanding how diet improves health during aging is important as the age profile of populations is increasing with consequences for the burden on health and social care. Micronutrient malnutrition also co-exists alongside obesity and chronic disease.

Ailsa has 193 peer-reviewed publications, an H Index of 66 (Scopus) and 14,666 citations. She is also a top 1% world researcher (Thompson Reuters, 2014).
Ailsa chairs the Nutrition & Lifestyle Forum of the National Osteoporosis Society and is a member of their Scientific Advisory Committee. She is also the scientific theme lead for Public Health Nutrition for the UK Nutrition Society. Ailsa chairs the initiative for ‘Optimising Nutrition and Hydration Practice in Care Homes’.

Karen Murphy leads the Mediterranean dietary patterns group at the University of South Australia. She uses an evidence-based approach to explore the effect of whole diet and lifestyle patterns on chronic disease risk. Specifically her research investigates the impact of the Mediterranean dietary pattern on cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome as well as mental health and wellbeing and risk of dementia.

Karen is a recognized leader in research in nutrition, chronic disease and ageing and as a result collaborates with national and international researchers and the food industry. She offers expertise in clinical trials, assessment of dietary intake, measures of body composition, cardiovascular health, cognitive performance and biochemical analyses.
Karen is able to translate science and her research outcomes to clinical populations through her role as a private practice Accredited Practicing Dietitian. She has over 50 articles and reports with >1500 citations, and is a recipient of 24 research and travel awards one of which is the prestigious South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2009).

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Presented By
Professor Ailsa Welch & Dr Karen Murphy
Professional Development
Duration1 hour