Research is one of the main focus areas in our department. Starting in the third year, students are trained in all aspects of the research process. During the fourth year of study, students plan and conduct their own research projects. Two of these groups present their findings at the annual Faculty of Health Sciences Student Research forum. Each year for the last three years, one of the dietetic student groups finished under the top three groups at this prestigious event (2015 – overall winners, 2016 – overall winners, 2017 – runner-up and winner in the School for Allied Health Professions).

Staff members also participate in the annual Faculty Research Forum with great success.  Results from the past five years (2013-2017) are as follows:

  • 2013: Dr Elmine du Toit won the junior category and Prof Louise van den Berg won the senior category for best clinical papers.
  • 2014: Prof Louise van den Berg once again won the award for the best clinical paper in the senior division.
  • 2015: Dr Ronette Lategan-Potgieter was awarded the John van der Riet medal for the best article published in a clinical journal and Professor Corinna Walsh was the runner up in the senior clinical paper category.
  • 2016: Prof Corinna Walsh was the senior runner-up in the clinical category.
  • 2017: Prof Corinna Walsh won the best clinical paper in the senior category while Ms Liska Robb and Prof Corinna Walsh also won the John van der Riet medal for the best article published in a clinical journal.

Current research projects within the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics:

(Please feel free to contact the department for more information on any of these projects.)

  • Project title: Nutritional status, knowledge, attitude and practices of patients receiving maintenance hemodialysis in Bloemfontein, South Africa
    Lecturer(s) involved: Ms HC Spies, Prof VL van den Berg
  • Project title: The impact of a nutrition and physical activity intervention programme on frailty syndrome in elderly citizens in Lesotho
    Lecturer(s) involved: Ms RD Turkson, Prof CM Walsh
  • Project title: A risk assessment profile and Diet Quality Index for inadequate choline intake in pregnant women in Bloemfontein, South Africa
    Lecturer(s) involved: Ms L Robb, Prof CM Walsh
  • Project title: Development of a nutrition screening tool for the prediction of birth outcomes of women attending the antenatal clinic at Pelonomi Hospital
    Lecturer(s) involved: Ms EM Jordaan, Prof CM Walsh
  • Project title: The feasibility of a mobile health model for patients with type-2 diabetes in a sub district  in the Free State, South Africa
    Lecturer(s) involved: Prof CM Walsh
  • Project title: Maternal nutritional status (diet, micronutrient status and anthropometry) and birth outcomes of the offspring
    Lecturer(s) involved: Prof CM Walsh
  • Project title: A longitudinal study of the impact of dynamic growth monitoring and timely intervention on infant survival and development in a birth cohort of a rural community in Rwanda: Early detection of growth faltering
    Lecturer(s) involved: Prof CM Walsh
  • Project title: Chronic diseases of lifestyle: A risk assessment and health promotion framework for a rural and urban primary health care setting in the Free State province
    Lecturer(s) involved: Prof CM Walsh
  • Project title: Nutritional Assessment of University Rugby Players: Are Requirements being met According to Current Sports Nutrition Standards?
    Lecturer(s) involved: Prof CM Walsh
  • Project title: Nutritional status of pregnant women in urban and rural Free State
    Lecturer(s) involved: Prof CM Walsh
  • Project title: Knowledge, attitudes and practices of primary caregivers of foundation phase learners in Bloemfontein regarding breakfast and lunchboxes
    Lecturer(s) involved: Dr WC du Toit
  • Project title: The effect of intermittent fasting and exercise on metabolic syndrome
    Lecturer(s) involved: Dr WC du Toit
  • Project title: Investigating the management/operations of a foodservice unit in a private prison in Bloemfontein
    Lecturer(s) involved: Dr WC du Toit
  • Project title: Practices and perspectives of South African dietitians regarding food exchange lists
    Lecturer(s) involved: Ms L Robb, Dr WC du Toit
  • Project title: Overweight, obesity and associated risk factors in the South African National Air Force, Bloemfontein
    Lecturer(s) involved: Ms EM Jordaan, Dr R Lategan-Potgieter
  • Project title: Nutrition knowledge and nutritional advice practices of netball coaches in the Motheo District of the Free State
    Lecturer(s) involved: Ms EM Jordaan, Dr R Lategan-Potgieter
  • Project title: Knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of dietitians in South Africa with regards to the treatment of eating disorders. Lecturer(s) involved: Dr NML Meko
  • Project title: Beliefs, attitudes and practices of mothers regarding infant and young children feeding. Lecturer(s) involved: Dr NML Meko, Ms A Carson-Porter

Forum winners 2013
Forum winners 2013
 Elmine du Toit and Louise van den Berg won the junior and senior category for best clinical papers at the 2013 Faculty Research Forum respectively

 

Undergraduate research
 Undergraduate research
A fourth-year student interviewing a participant during data collection


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