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Dr Christine Baldwin

Dr Christine Baldwin graduated from The University of London and has worked as a dietitian for more than 20 years, accumulating considerable experience in both clinical practice and research into the management of weight loss in patients with HIV infection and cancer.  In 2007, she moved to King’s College London to take up a post as a Lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics and currently leads two modules as well as teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr Baldwin’s research interests are in the use of oral nutritional support interventions in the management of weight loss in acute and chronic illness.  In addition, she has had an interest in systematic reviews methodology since 1998, and worked on several systematic reviews of nutritional interventions in the management of nutritionally vulnerable patients including two published in the Cochrane library.  In 2007 she obtained her PhD from Imperial College London for research into nutritional interventions in the management of weight loss in patients with cancer.  Dr Baldwin is currently involved in a series of projects on aspects of nutritional support.

Dr Elizabeth Weekes

Dr Elizabeth Weekes (Research Lead, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust) is a dietitian with 25 years clinical and research experience in the detection and management of disease-related malnutrition.   Having worked predominantly in the acute setting during her early career, her PhD studies focused on the identification, assessment and management of nutritionally vulnerable community-based individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  More recently, Dr Weekes has extended her studies to include evaluating both hospital and community-based initiatives designed to improve the nutritional care of elderly people, and undertaking systematic reviews.  Dr Weekes has a particular interest in patient-centred outcomes, such as quality of life and activities of daily living, and the health economic analysis of nutritional interventions.  These interests are reflected in her current research where, as part of her NIHR Clinical Lectureship, she is leading a large, observational study designed to explore the impact of malnutrition on older people in the community. 

Dr Weekes is a dietetic member of the Allied Health Professionals Expert Panels for stroke, elderly care and falls and is currently involved in two international guideline development groups (ESPEN Guideline for nutrition in polymorbidity and the PEN Nutrition in COPD guideline) and is leading a guideline committee on the estimation of nutritional requirements for the Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Group of the British Dietetic Association.