I am an HCPC registered dietitian with research interests in type 2 diabetes, behavioural interventions and the impact of weight loss programmes on mental health and disordered eating.
I am currently a DPhil candidate under the supervision of Professor Paul Aveyard, Dr Dimitrios Koutoukidis and Professor Rebecca Park. During my DPhil, I aim to investigate the impact of total diet replacement for type 2 diabetes remission on disorder eating, by conducting a clinical trial to monitor the changes in disordered eating symptoms during the programme. I will also collect qualitative data on the experiences of participants during the programme. I was awarded the 2021 Novo Nordisk Research Foundation Fellowship in Clinical Diabetes to fund my research and pursue my DPhil.
I have previously worked as a senior Specialist dietitian in two hospitals in London (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust), where I had the opportunity to conduct service evaluations in various specialties to improve patient care, in addition to my clinical role. I was also the Research Champion for Dietetics, as I aspire to encourage more Allied Healthcare Professionals to be involved in research. My first post in the NHS was a dietetic research assistant role, investigating the gastrointestinal tolerance of pre-digested feeds in critically ill patients.
Prior to working as a clinical dietitian, I completed my MSc in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition at UCL with distinction. My MSc thesis focused on the impact of diet on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Prior to my MSc, I completed my undergraduate training on Nutritional Science and Dietetics in Harokopio University of Athens.
Systematic Review and Meta-analysis: The Role of Diet in the Development of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Tsompanaki E. et al, (2021), Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Gastrointestinal Tolerance and Protein Absorption Markers with a New Peptide Enteral Formula Compared to a Standard Intact Protein Enteral Formula in Critically Ill Patients
de Brito-Ashurst I. et al, (2021), Nutrients, 13, 2362 - 2362
Depressive symptomatology in relation to 10-year (2004–2014) acute coronary syndrome incidence; the moderating role of diet and financial status
Notara V. et al, (2016), Preventive Medicine, 86, 6 - 11