Associate Professor Eleanor Beck is Discipline Leader in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Wollongong, in New South Wales, Australia. Eleanor has more than 25 years experience in clinical practice and dietetics education. Eleanor was part of the expert working group for review of the National Competency Standards for Dietitians and both the Advanced Accrediting Practising Dietitian and Fellow competency standards for the Dietitians Association of Australia. Eleanor teaches clinical dietetics and coordinates both the undergraduate and postgraduate dietetic education programs at the University of Wollongong. Her clinical research includes close links with dietetics service delivery in hospitals, while working with industry partners and international collaborators in grains research. Current projects include work on systematic reviews of both individual grains and fibres, and how these are promoted in the diet, as well as clinical trial work with cereal fibre and whole grains and their effects on metabolic health. Eleanor is also Deputy Chair of the Council of Deans of Nutrition and Dietetics (ANZ) and the Chair of the ANZ NNEdPro group, which is part of a global network to promote nutrition education and research in health professions, especially medicine.
About her talk:
"A systems approach to researching dietary fibre: database creation linking bench to bedside."
There is often limited interaction between researchers making chemical determinations of dietary fibre, and those applying this data to dietary intake of individuals or groups. Our recent work to develop databases to measure fibre, types of fibre, and whole grains has highlighted where we must work to ensure translation across domains from bench to bedside, recognising the limitations of the data we use to make claims of physiological benefits.