Winter Meeting 2014

Nutrition and age-related muscle loss, sarcopenia and cachexia
9–10 December 2014
Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK

The Winter Meeting is organised jointly by The Nutrition Society and The Royal Society of Medicine.  Meeting is BDA endorsed (applies only to the educational content of the learning activity) and AfN accrediated.


Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE 

Scientific Programme: Dr Ailsa Welch, University of East Anglia

Skeletal muscle is crucial for maintaining physical and metabolic function but we lose muscle as we age. We also lose strength and function. Sarcopenia (the loss of skeletal muscle mass, strength and function) contributes to the onset of frailty and cachexia (involuntary rapid loss of body weight and muscle mass). The importance of these conditions has recently been recognised with a growing body of research into their causes and solutions.

The aim of this meeting is to understand the roles skeletal muscle plays in maintaining our health and well-being, as well as the factors that contribute to its loss and what we can do about it. The meeting will explore the importance of nutrition in preventing and treating sarcopenia and cachexia.

Attendees at this meeting will learn about current research and clinical perspectives on the impact of skeletal muscle on human health, and how nutrition influences this. They will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from nutrition, dietetics, public health, social care, health care, palliative care, academia and industry.

Four main symposia will focus on:

  • Sarcopenia and Cachexia: the scale and importance of the problem, measurement and epidemology
  • Mechanisms for loss of muscle mass and strength and clinical measurements of malnutrition and cachexia
  • Nutrition for prevention and in interventions for sarcopenia and cachexia
  • The social, clinical and public health dimensions of sarcopenia and cachexia.

The programme will include a variety of plenary sessions, Original Communications and opportunities for networking.  

Benefits of attending:

  • Gain a wider understanding of a range of new concepts in nutrition and age-related muscle loss, sarcopenia and cachexia
  • Listen to the world experts present the latest cutting edge research
  • Network with colleagues from your field
  • Keep your Continuing Professional Development requirements up to date
  • Participate in discussions around key Original Communications in the area of nutritional science

Who should attend:

  • Nutritionists
  • Dieticians
  • Social Care Professionals
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • GPs
  • Public Health Practitioners
  • Academics and Researchers
  • Palliative Care
  • Cancer Research
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Academics


For a printable version of the programme and details, please click here.

If you have any queries, please contact the Nutrition Society Conference Manager