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Would you let your phone tell you what to eat? Designing technology for personalised nutrition advice

The Graduate School is delighted to announce that the Fairbrother Lecture 2018 will be delivered by current doctoral researcher Rodrigo Zenun Franco who is undertaking a PhD in Computer Science.

Rodrigo will be talking about his research on online personalised nutrition advice. He has developed an app to assess dietary intake and propose valid personalised nutrition advice for adults. This web application has been designed to be simple to use and can be accessed on a range of devices including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Rodrigo hopes that the app will help make personalised nutrition widely available, thereby enabling more people to benefit from tailored diet advice.

The work is supported by the British Nutrition Foundation and the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

Rodrigo undertook an undergraduate degree in Brazil, before coming to Reading for his MSc. His PhD is supervised by Dr Faustina Hwang (Biomedical Engineering, School of Biological Sciences) and Professor Julie Lovegrove (Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition, School of Chemistry, Food & Pharmacy).

Accompanying the lecture, there will be a display of work by a number of other outstanding doctoral researchers from across the University: Vincent DeLuca (Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences); Anna Freeman (Geography & Environmental Science) Rita Goyal (Henley Business School); Sophie Payne (Literature and Languages) and Suzannah Ravenscroft (Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences).

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Water@Reading PhD student Rebecca Emerton is often asked how she got a paper published in Nature at such an early stage in her career. She shares her top five tips for getting published in a major journal and tells us about the research that caught the editor’s eye.

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