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Critical Care Dietitian Honoured for Role in COVID-19 Response

Ella Terblanche RD, chair of the BDA’s Critical Care Specialist Group and Principal Dietitian for Critical Care at St George’s Hospital, London, has been made an MBE for her services to dietetics and in particular the response to COVID-19.

Ella said “This is a huge honour and such a surprise. I believe this award should also be viewed as recognition of all the dietitians, particular those in critical care, who worked so hard to support the NHS and patients during the pandemic. Nutrition is such a vital part of a person’s treatment and recovery from coronavirus, and I’m hugely proud of the work all dietitians have done over the past six months to save lives and help get people back on their feet.”

Aside from her roles in the NHS and with the BDA, Ella has also been a leader in critical care dietetics, co-authoring key national guidance and standards and representing dietetics within the Intensive Care Society.

The BDA is delighted that our President, Dr Giles Yeo, has also received an MBE for services to Research, Science Communication and Engagement. Dr Yeo is a Geneticist and Principal Research Associate at the Metabolic Research Laboratories and MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit at Cambridge University.

His research particularly focuses on the study of brain control of body-weight, and he is a champion for improving understanding of the complexities of obesity. Alongside his research and teaching roles, Dr Yeo is also a well-known from TV and from his work as an author, helping to explain to the public the complex relationships between genetics, appetite and obesity.

Giles said “I can assure you that this was entirely unexpected. Because it was in times of COVID, the notification, instead of being on expensive official stationery, came via email, and I initially thought it was a phishing scam! Anyway, it wasn’t, and I’m deeply honoured to be recognised for my contributions to communicating and engagement in research. I am grateful to be working at an Institution which has allowed me to breathe and to follow my passion.”

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