The course

Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge

Alícia Foundation

15 january 2022 to 26 november 2022

The Nutrition course from the Mad for Science programme of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation, is a course developed by the Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge (HUB) in collaboration with the Alícia Foundationaimed at 1st year A-Level students with a scientific vocation interested in STEM careers. This course was created with the idea of introducing the multidisciplinary environment offered by nutrition and dietetics where different disciplines converge to solve problems related to health. The main objective of this course is to foster scientific vocations and promote the knowledge and education of excellence of young people in Catalonia.

Registration for the Nutrition course of the Mad for Science programme will be open from 15th September to 25th October 2021 and among all those enrolled there will be 25 students selected from the 1st year of A-Levels who will participate in the 3rd edition of the course within the 10th edition of the Mad for Science programme that will take place in 2022.

The course will be held on different Saturdays from 15th January 2022 to 26th November 2022 at the Bellvitge University Hospital (HUB) facilities, as well as at other collaborating centres such as Alícia Foundation.

During 16 theoretical-practical sessions, students will learn about research in the main areas of dietetics and human nutrition in a hospital context such as malnutrition, myths and legends, etiology of obesity, eating disorders, psychological and neurophysiological evaluation procedures, therapeutic and prevention alternatives, among others. In addition, they will be able to participate in practical workshops on nutritional support, critical analysis of existing diets, observe patient testimonies, learn about evaluation instruments, experiment with procedures based on new technologies, etc.

Course objectives

The course will cover the following areas:

  • Basic nutritional and dietary knowledge
  • Healthy eating habits and Mediterranean diet
  • Diet therapy in special situations and hospital feeding
  • Obesity and eating disorders
  • Clinical, therapeutic and research aspects
  • Hands-on workshops and patient testimonials
Specific objectives

Academic studies

  • To promote among young people scientific vocations related to the world of dietetics and human nutrition, helping them to guide their academic and professional future.

Research

  • Bringing students closer to research on nutrition and human dietetics, contemplating specific conditions such as nutrition in patients with different diseases, hospital malnutrition, obesity and eating disorders.
  • Know the functioning of research centers related to nutrition, obesity and eating disorders.
  • Know the operation of the research associated with the excellence research network on the Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition, CIBERobn, and on Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Diseases (CIBERDEM), ISCIII, Barcelona.
  • Experimentation with standard assessment instruments in obesity and eating disorder research (psychological, neurophysiological, neuropsychological, neuroimaging). Practice in correction and interpretation of results.

Sessions

Module 0. Introductory session on the course and getting to know Bellvitge University Hospital

Date: Saturday, 15 January

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Place: Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge - Carrer de la Feixa Llarga, s/n, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

Session coordinator: Dr. Encarna Grifell Martín

Session run by: Dra. Encarna Grifell Martín, Dra. Mònica Montserrat

Language: Catalan and Spanish

Show the clinical, academic and research activity carried out at Bellvitge University Hospital. Presentation of the teaching program. Explain the tutoring of the TR and give data of presentation of proposals.

Guided tour of the different Units and Services involved in the course to see the operation of a third level university hospital

Module 1. Introductory sessions on dietetics and nutrition. Healthy eating in the general population.

Date: Saturday 29 January,12 and 26 Febrary

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Place: 

Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge (HUB)- Carrer de la Feixa Llarga, s/n, 08907-L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

Fundació Alícia - Camí Sant Benet, 08272 Sant Fruitós de Bages, Barcelona

Session Coordinator: Dr. Xavier Pintó (HUB) / Alba Adot (Fundació Alícia)

Session run by: 

Ana Galera i Miquel Giménez, Unitat Lipidologia i Risc Cardiovascular de l’HUB- Equip Predimed Plus 

Dietista-nutricionista + cuiner/a, Fundació Alicia

Language: Catalan and Spanish

HUB:

Two hospital dietitians, who are part of the research team of the national multicenter study Predimed Plus, will give the presentation on basic nutritional knowledge, healthy eating habits and the importance of physical activity. They will also present the Mediterranean diet and do research on the Mediterranean diet (Predimed Plus study).

The theory will be accompanied by practical exercises (self-assessment of eating habits and physical activity). They will also present Predimed Plus witnesses who will talk about their personal experience as participants in the study.

Fundació Alícia:

Theoretical-demonstrative part:

Dietary and nutritional recommendations, by a nutritionist-dietician from Fundació Alícia, on how to carry out a good, healthy and sustainable diet. The theory will be accompanied by a culinary demonstration by a chef from the foundation, where you can see easy, fast and healthy preparations for the day-to-day life of the general population.

Practical part:

Design and culinary preparation of a menu adapting it to the general recommendations for a balanced diet explained in the theoretical part. Practice that will be done in a group and that will have to be defended before the experts of the Alícia Foundation and the rest of the Mad for Nutrition students.

Module 2. Diet therapy in special situations and in different hospital situations.

Date: Saturday 12 and 26 March, 30 April, 14 and 28 May and 11 June 

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Place: 

Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge (HUB)- Carrer de la Feixa Llarga, s/n, 08907-L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

Fundació Alícia - Camí Sant Benet, 08272 Sant Fruitós de Bages, Barcelona

Session Coordinator: 

Dra. Nuria Vilarrasa, Monica Montserrat Gil de Bernabe (HUB)

Alba Adot (Fundació Alícia)

Session run by: 

HUB: Dra. Nuria Virgili Casas, Dr. Rafael López Urdiales, Carolina Alves Tafur, Rosa Monseny Belda; Anna Prats Fulla, Inma Jimenez Garcia, Elisabet Romero

Fundació Alicia: Dietitian-nutritionist + cook

Language: Catalan and Spanish

HUB:

Professionals from the Diet and Nutrition teams and the hospital's Endocrine service will address the issues of myths and legends in nutrition, diet therapy in special situations and different diseases, and hospital malnutrition: detection, assessment and interpretation through different procedures. The etiology of obesity, dietary-nutritional, psychological, pharmacological and surgical treatments will also be discussed.

The theoretical part will be complemented with illustration of clinical cases and workshops such as interpretation of nutritional labeling or measuring body composition, among others.

Fundació Alicia:

Theoretical-demonstrative part:

Dietary and nutritional recommendations, by a nutritionist-dietician from the Alicia Foundation, for each of the pathologies to be worked on, accompanied by a culinary demonstration by a chef from the foundation, where you can see elaborations specially designed for each situation.

Introduction to the generalities of current hospital nutrition and, more specifically, approach to diets with modified texture in these centers. Explanation accompanied by a culinary demonstration specially adapted to the established recommendations. This part will be taught by a dietitian-nutritionist and a chef from Fundació Alícia.

Practical part:

Design and culinary preparation of a menu adapting it to the needs of a typical individual who will have raised previously in a practical case. Practice that will be done in a group and that will have to be defended before the experts of the Alícia Foundation and the colleagues of Locos por la Nutrición.

Module 3. Eating Disorders

Date: Saturday,  17 September, 1 and 15 October, 5 and 19 November

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Location: Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge - Carrer de la Feixa Llarga, s/n, 08907-L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

Session Coordinator: HUB: Dr. Fernando Fernández-Aranda i Dra. Susana Jiménez-Murcia

Session run by: Eating Disorders Team HUB: Dra. Isabel Sánchez, Cristina Vintró, Romina Miranda, Dra. Giulia Testa, Jéssica Sánchez, Lucero Munguía, María del Espino Lozano, Teresa Mena.

Language: Catalan, Spanish and English

The most current aspects of eating disorders will be reviewed, working from clinical issues associated with diagnosis and early detection, risk factors and maintenance behaviors, treatment and prevention, to international research. The usual treatment techniques as well as the interventions based on new technologies will be presented.

On a practical level, patient testimonials will be presented. Functional neuroimaging techniques (such as electroencephalogram or magnetic resonance imaging) will be seen and manipulated and new technology devices will be used that are used as additional treatment tools in eating disorders and obesity ("serious games" or applications to control impulsivity and promote relaxation).

Schedule 2022
Schedule 2022
Saturday, 15 January
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Discovering the Bellvitge University Hospital
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 29 January
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Basic nutritional and dietary knowledge
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 12 February
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Healthy eating habits and the Mediterranean diet
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 26 February
Fundació Alícia - Camí Sant Benet, Sant Fruitós de Bages
Eating healthy: from planning to plate
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 12 March
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Myths and legends in nutrition. Nutritional labeling
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 26 March
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Diet therapy in special situations. Illustration with clinical cases
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 7 May
Fundació Alícia - Camí Sant Benet, Sant Fruitós de Bages
Dietary-culinary responses in allergies, intolerances and veggies
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 14 May
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Hospital Malnutrition: Etiology of Obesity
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 28 May
Fundació Alícia - Camí Sant Benet, Sant Fruitós de Bages
Dietary-culinary responses for the treatment of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 11 June
Fundació Alícia - Camí Sant Benet, Sant Fruitós de Bages
Hospital nutrition. Diets with modified texture.
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 17 september
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Eating disorders
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 1st October
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Prevention in eating disorders
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 15 October
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Routine interventions and treatments based on new technologies
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 5 November
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Brain and extreme weight situations
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 19 November
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Update on obesity and nutrition research
Theoretical-practical session. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, 26 November
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge
Closing ceremony
Closing ceremony