Archive for May, 2013

BANT Announces New Vice Chair

BANT has appointed current director Catharine Trustram Eve as its new vice chair.

Catharine, who has been on the BANT Council for more than a year as the director overseeing its programme to raise awareness of nutritional therapy among GPs, will take up the post immediately.

Mother of two, Catharine, who is a practising nutritional therapist with a focus on poor cognitive function and fatigue, replaces Niki Gratrix who stepped down in April.

Catharine, whose background is in market planning and strategy and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, is also a health analyst – computerising cognitive function tests for screening for mild cognitive impairment – and is about to be published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

BANT Chair Miguel Toribio-Mateas said: “Catharine has brought strong strategic planning, market research, modelling and analysis skills to the BANT Council, which have been invaluable in changing the way BANT works for its members in recent months.

“Working with Catharine for the last 14 months has been very exciting. I value her ability to think outside the box and to see the bigger picture whilst keeping her feet on the ground. I can honestly say that I couldn’t have done my job as Chair without her, which is why I am really looking forward to working more closely with her.”

Catharine said: “The healthcare environment in the UK is very exciting at the moment; we have a growing degenerative and chronic disease burden, substantial scientific evidence supporting the role of nutrition in health and increasing awareness of the role of nutrition amongst both the public and clinicians.  BANT has established a good position to respond to these opportunities and I am honoured to continue to contribute from within our vibrant and committed council.”



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BANT Members Celebrate Research Success

Two BANT members have been published in an international obesity journal.

Marina Mastrostefano and Nicola M Pearson’s research projects on obesity and night eating syndrome and obesity and fertility have been published in Obesity Facts: The European Journal of Obesity.

Marina and Nicola presented their research at the European Congress of Obesity last month. Their studies investigated complex networks to understand mechanisms between obesity and night eating syndrome, and obesity and male fertility, respectively. Abstracts of their work have been published in Obesity Facts. 2013:6:1:1-246


Night Eating Syndrome (NES) is a distinct disorder precipitated by stress and manifested by a delayed circadian rhythm. Marina’s work describes the potential link between NES and obesity, focusing on the alteration of circadian rhythms.

Nicola’s work investigated evidenced mechanisms between obesity and male fertility focusing on hormones and the hypogonadal obesity cycle, oxidative stress and inflammation, and environmental toxins.

The research projects were undertaken as part of their BSc (Hons) Nutritional Therapy and BSc (Hons) Nutritional Science course at the Centre for Nutrition Education and Lifestyle Management (CNELM), Wokingham, under the supervision of Dr James Neil.


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