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David Dodington, a master’s student in Applied Health Sciences, was in Washington D.C., Dec. 5 to 7, to present his research at a leading conference held by the American Society for Nutrition.
Last September Dodington was selected as one of seven students and young professionals to receive a $750 travel award to attend and present at the 2013 Advances and Controversies in Clinical Nutrition conference. He was the only Canadian to receive a travel award based on abstracts submitted for the conference in September. The other travel award recipients were from the U.S., South Korea, Columbia and Ireland.
“Being selected to receive this award was a tremendous honour and gave me the opportunity to learn from some of the top experts in the field,” says Dodington,
The 2013 Advances and Controversies in Clinical Nutrition conference featured the latest research, advancements, and best practices in clinical nutrition. The conference featured lectures, controversy sessions, workshops, professional development, scientific posters, networking, and more.
Dodington attended the conference with his supervisor Prof. Wendy Ward, a Canada Research Chair in Bone and Muscle Development.
“The award puts David in some very exclusive company of only a handful of graduate students and young medical professionals, from around the world, who the society recognizes for the caliber of their research and the significance it holds in the area of health and nutrition,” says Ward.
Dodington’s abstract was titled “Vitamin D status and periodontal outcomes after non–surgical periodontal therapy." The presentation is a portion of the research he is conducting into the role of nutrition in the treatment for periodontal disease. Dodington receives graduate student research funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
As part of his study, Dodington is collaborating with a periodontist, Dr. Peter Fritz, to examine the extent to which diet, as well as supplement use, can help healing after a non-surgical deep cleaning procedure aimed at treating periodontal disease and preventing tooth loss.