Nutrition research reported in the media often highlights mixed or contradictory results between studies.
So how can you as a nutrition professional ensure you use the strongest available evidence to inform your practice?

Our online Journal Club covers tools and techniques to help you best understand and appraise research publications. Informative and interactive, we’ll examine and discuss example papers. Topics are relevant to both public health and clinical practice.

Everyone’s welcome, from students starting out to seasoned professionals.

Join the club using the form below. You’ll receive emails from with all the details you need to register for individual sessions. You’ll also be able to watch recorded sessions if you’re unable to make the live session.

About our expert reviewer Dr Sue Reeves

Dr Sue Reeves is the Head of Undergraduate Provision and Student Experience in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Roehampton. She is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, a Registered Nutritionist and Fellow of the AfN, where she is also a CPD assessor and Regional Rep


Session 2: Energy content of frequently purchased restaurant meals
Tuesday 24 November, 8pm, Dr Sue Reeves, Head of Undergraduate Studies and Student Experience, Department of Life Sciences, University of Roehampton. Chaired by Dr Caroline Elizabeth Childs BSc (Hons) PhD RNutr.

The session will discuss Dr Susan B Roberts’ 2018 paper Measured energy content of frequently purchased restaurant meals: multi-country cross sectional study BMJ 

Learning objectives:
Clear understanding of:
• Different ways to approach reading a scientific journal paper
• The defining features of cross-sectional studies

Be aware of:
• Limitations of cross-sectional studies
• Potential sources of bias in the reporting of research studies

Be able to:
• Read and critique a scientific paper
• Consider the context of the research conducted

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!

Dr Caroline Childs, Journal Club Chair 

Each session is 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.”

Dates for your diary (all 8pm):
Tuesday 15 December
Tuesday 26 January
Tuesday 23 February
Tuesday 16 March