Nyala Balogun, PhD Student, Dept of Women's Cancer Research.
Nyala was awarded a CBRC Pre-doctoral Nursing Research Fellowship to help build capacity in nursing and patient care research and to pursue her interests in nutrition support in women's cancers.
Nyala worked abroad investigating how seasonal food changes affect growth (weight and height) of children under 5 years of age in resettled rural farming communities. She joined UCL in 2004 as a Research Nurse after working in surgery and Phase 1 Clinical Trials Research. She has been a member of the Women's Cancer Research Group since 2006.
Nyala's research interests are in the nutritional well-being of patients suffering from ovarian cancer. Her desire is to identify and understand the extent of the problem of malnutrition in this population during the course of the disease and its treatment. Her aim is to discover appropriate ways to support patients nutritionally from the very beginning of their cancer journey. Her current PhD study on the nutritional status of women referred to a gynaecological cancer centre for treatment of a pelvic mass has potential to offer unique insights into the problem of malnutrition for women with ovarian cancer.