Dietary Assessment Support Assistant
Innovation in the Measurement of Diet, Physical Activity and Nutrition, NIHR Cambridge BRC Dietary Assessment Platform
Current work and interests
Anila joined the Unit in January 2019 as a Dietary Assessment Assistant within the NIHR Cambridge BRC Measurement Platform. Her role primarily involves coding large volumes of dietary data from four-day estimated food diaries for the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) using the Microsoft Access-based system called Diet In Nutrients Out (DINO). The role also entails researching unknown foods and drinks to ensure the NDNS food composition database is kept up-to date and performing data quality checks.
Background and experience
Prior to joining the Unit, Anila worked at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (formerly known as MRC Human Nutrition Research). Anila worked across a range of studies including the NDNS and Brain Imaging for Global Health (BRIGHT), coding food diaries using DINO. In addition, Anila assisted in an evaluation of automated dietary assessment tools for future use in the NDNS.
Anila has a BSc in Nutrition and Public Health with a supervised research placement year led by a team of academics on research projects related to Education and Nutrition. The placement involved conducting literature reviews, assisting with the preparation and submission of ethics applications and recruitment of participants.