Sunday, 27 October 2013

The long awaited Nutritional Science event - press release

MEDIA RELEASE Weds 23 October 2013 for immediate release

Nutritional Science and Thyroid Function event for thyroid patients at the Royal Free Hospital, London, Saturday 2nd November

London thyroid patients to learn about nutritional science and thyroid function 

dried apricots and sunflower seeds - a healthy snack?

The London group of the British Thyroid Foundation (BTF), a national patient charity, is organising an event for thyroid patients and people with an interest in thyroid disorders at the Royal Free Hospital, London on Saturday, 2nd November 2013.

Thyroid disease is very common and usually easily treated - one in 20 people in the UK have a thyroid disorder - yet it is largely a hidden disease and some cases, where treatment is not straightforward, can have a devastating impact on people’s lives.

Leading Nutritional Scientists, Professor Margaret Rayman, and Dr Sarah Bath, from the University of Surrey MSc in Nutritional Science will be giving talks on nutritional science and thyroid function. This is expected to be a very popular subject with so many patients with chronic health conditions, as well as the public in general nowadays, extremely interested in knowing how nutrition might help them achieve better heath – yet often bewildered by the conflicting and confusing advice given from different sources.

Professor Rayman and Dr Bath are at the leading edge of nutritional science in this country and will be talking about the latest research findings as they relate to some specific nutrients and how they can affect thyroid function.

The event will also be an opportunity for patients to share their experiences and connect with each other.

Thyroid disease will be relevant to many of your readers and a real problem for some of them, we would be thrilled if you could write about our event to help reach out to those who could benefit from it.

Where and when

The event will take place on Saturday, 2nd November, from 10am to 1pm, in the Sir William Wells Atrium, Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead.

Refreshments will be provided. Donations will be welcomed, with a suggested minimum of £3 per person, to help cover the costs of the event.

For more information or to book a place, go to:

Notes for editors

Professor Margaret Rayman has a doctorate in Inorganic Biochemistry from Somerville College, Oxford and has held post-doctoral fellowships at the Institute of Cancer Research and Imperial College. She is now Professor of Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey where she directs the highly respected MSc Programme in Nutritional Medicine. For the last nine years her work has focused on the important of trace elements to health, her research includes investigating the relationship between selenium, iodine and thyroid function and she has published widely, including in The Lancet. She is a registered public health nutritionist, an active member of the Nutrition Society and has been a Member of Council of the Nutrition Society since 2007.

Dr Sarah Bath is a post doctoral research fellow at the University of Surrey, Nutritional Medicine Programme. Amongst other affiliations she is a registered dietician with the Health and Care Professions Council and a full member of the Nutrition Society.

The British Thyroid Foundation (BTF) is a national patient support charity dedicated to supporting people with thyroid disorders and helping their families and people around them to understand the condition. It has been established for 21 years and works with medical professionals from the British Thyroid Association and the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons. Website

Thyroid Disease has been in the national press recently, see Ian Probert’s story in the Guardian (it was also featured in the Daily Mail):

The BTF London group was launched in 2011 and meets around five times a year.

The Royal Free Hospital is six minutes walk from Belsize Park underground station, 14 minutes from Hampstead underground station, and just four minutes walk from Hampstead Heath railway station. The meeting will be held in The Atrium which will be clearly signposted from the main entrance. Parking space is extremely limited in the local area so attendees are encouraged to use pu

Book your place:


  1. It will be good to see what your lab values turn out to be. I am certain you should not have to feel so terribly tired. That is just not acceptable. I've got my fingers crossed that you'll get better help going forward!

  2. Thanks Lorraine. Look forward to learning more about the lnks between nutrients found in food and disease. Thanks for organising and see you there! Tyler x

    1. thanks for your great support lovely Tyler xx

  3. Hi there Lorraine! I was actually just checking out a few of your posts and had quick question about your blog. I was hoping you could email me back when you get the chance, thanks~


    1. Hi Emily- I haven't had an email from you to respond to - do please feel free to get in touch. My email address is on the BTF website, support page. x

  4. Good one. Waiting for more posts like this.