Season 2 Making Sense of Research Papers

MyNutriWeb Journal Club Schedule

The MyNutriWeb Journal Club supports nutrition professionals to ensure they use the strongest available evidence to inform practice.

In this season’s series, we cover tools and techniques to help members best understand and appraise research publications, through the examination and discussion of example papers selected by leading nutrition guest experts.

This season will be facilitated by Dr Caroline Childs, Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences within Medicine at the University of Southampton. Each session will feature a guest expert who will be invited to review a paper of their choice, a recent paper which is open access (not their own). Papers will be shared with members in advance to read and prepare questions for discussion.

MyNutriWeb Journal Club is closed environment for all health professionals who sign up to the Club
All club members must register for each live event.

The sessions will be recorded. The recordings may be shared with members post live event.

Season 2 schedule

All sessions are on Tuesdays, 8–9pm

• 12 October: Effectiveness of workplace wellness programmes – systematic reviews and meta-analyses Dr Sue Reeves
• 16 November: Athlete Nutrition Connor Parker
• 14 December: Decolonising Obesity Dr Fatima Perez de Heredia Benedicte
• 11 January: Diabetes No Mare: A Dream Coming True Professor Mike Lean
• 8 February: TBC Dr Sue Reeves
• 15 March: Health before Pregnancy to Improve Outcome of Pregnancy Dr Angela Flynn

Dr Fatima Perez de Heredica Benedicte

Session 3: Decolonising weight management: ethnicity-related differences in obesity
14 December 8–9pm
Dr Fatima Perez de Heredia Benedicte, Senior Lecturer in Physiology, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University.
Chaired by Dr Caroline Elizabeth Childs BSc (Hons) PhD RNutr.

The session discusses the paper: Sinaga et al. 2021. Ethnic-specific body fat percent prediction equation as surrogate marker of obesity in Ethiopian adults. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition 40:17

We will discuss data showing obesity disparities among different ethnicities. In particular, how obesity indices and references developed for Caucasian populations are inadequate for the Ethiopian population, and how resaerchers overcome this barrier.

How to register

Registration details will be sent to Journal Club members: fill in the form below to join the club. If you’re already a member, look out for the registration link in your inbox!

Session 3 Details

Clear understanding of:
• Methods to diagnose and classify obesity
• Health implications of obesity

Be aware of:
• Gender- and ethnicity-related gaps in biomedical data
• Potential publication biases

Be able to:
• Understand the differential impact of obesity on populations of different characteristics
• Critically evaluate obesity-related data, from a gender/ethnic perspective
• Critically analyse weight management protocols, with a gender/ethnic perspective

About Expert Reviewer Dr Fatima Perez de Heredia Benedicte

I am a biologist passionate about the physiology of nutrition, obesity, and adipose tissue. In particular, the links between nutritional status, adiposity and inflammation fascinate me.
My current research looks into a dietary and exercise intervention for improving body composition and cardiometabolic risk in cardiac rehabilitation patients.

Dr Caroline Childs, Journal Club Season 2 Chair

Each session will be chaired by Dr Caroline Childs, Nutrition and Metabolism subject lead in Medicine at the University of Southampton. She received student-nominated awards for ‘most engaging lecturer’ and ‘best pastoral support’ and a colleague-nominated award for teaching excellence. Dr Childs is a Nutrition Society Ambassador and a South East Regional Representative for the Association for Nutrition.

As she says, “Developing skills in critical appraisal is an essential part of being a competent nutrition professional – whether you’re a dietitian, nutritionist or health professional specialising in nutrition.”

Why Join Journal Club?

Members-only access

Journal Club members can access recordings of past sessions and download slides. Previous sessions from Season 1 included:

• Top tips for reading and reviewing a paper Dr Caroline Childs, University of Southampton
• Energy content of frequently purchased restaurant meals Dr Sue Reeves, University of Roehampton
• The common cold – could probiotics help? Dr Gemma Walton, University of Reading
• Can a mobile app improve nutrition for women before and during pregnancy? Dr Sarah Hillier, University of Southampton
• Time-restricted eating for obesity management Dr Fatima Perez de Heredia, Liverpool John Moores University

To become a Journal Club member register below.
You will then start receiving Journal Club emails which will give you access to recordings of past sessions and slides.
You will also be informed of upcoming sessions.


Journal Club Membership Form




This season has been CPD approved by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the Association for Nutrition (AfN).


Once you have viewed a full recorded session the mynutriweb team will review and arrange to send you your certificate via email from within two weeks of viewing the session.