Dietary and Nutrient Data Manager
Innovation in the Measurement of Diet, Physical Activity and Nutrition
Current work and interests
Birdem is a nutritionist working in the Dietary Assessment Team in the NIHR Cambridge BRC Diet, Anthropometry and Physical Activity (DAPA) Group. She takes primary responsibility for managing dietary data and related databases, including supporting the development of innovative approaches for data capture, coding and administration, such as moving the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) to an automated online 24hr recall.
She is responsible for the development of the NDNS Nutrient Databank in conjunction with Public Health England. Her role includes development and management of collection and coding systems. She provides specialist expertise, support method innovation and development, and delivers specific inputs to projects in accordance with the needs of a research. This means working with collaborators, researchers and experts in the field for input and to ensure alignment with standardised approaches where applicable.
Background and experience
Birdem joined the NIHR BRC DAPA Group in October 2018. Prior to this she worked for MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory, where she had supported dietary assessment and food composition projects, including the NDNS, since 2014.
Birdem has a PhD in nutrition and dietetics. During her PhD she led a randomised clinical trial to investigate the anti-oxidative effects of a grape-based drink in healthy adults. Prior to her work on dietary assessment and the NDNS, she worked as a senior researcher in EU projects and clinical trials with a focus on food composition and nutritional effects of foods.
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