International Scientific Committee

The International Scientific Committee develops the international criteria. It consists of the following renowned scientists:

Prof. L. Lissner (Chair)

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Lauren Lissner is Professor in Epidemiology, at the Section for Epidemiology and Social Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. She has a Masters degree in Public Health from UCLA (USA) and a PhD in Human Nutrition from Cornell University (USA). 

Prof. Lissner has been living in Sweden since 1989 and is currently Director of the EpiLife Research Center at the University of Gothenburg and has served as Chair of the Public Health and Prevention Task Force of the European Association for the Study of Obesity. She chaired the international scientific committee of the 2016 European Obesity Summit in Gothenburg. Furthermore, she is a member of various committees and boards in the area of nutrition and health, supervises multiple PhD projects, and has published around 350 peer reviewed articles.

Declaration of Interest - Lauren Lissner

Prof. R. Uauy

University of Chile, Chile

 Prof. Ricardo Uauy is a renowned Chilean professor of nutrition and pediatrics at INTA (Institute of Nutrition University of Chile) and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has served as President of the Chilean Nutrition Society, and is former President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences IUNS.

He has participated as an expert in various WHO/FAO Expert Consultations, and chaired the WHO/FAO consultation on Diet Nutrition and Physical Activity Prevention of Chronic Diseases (TRS 916). Prof. Uauy has served on the board and task forces of various health and nutrition organisations and has contributed to over 400 peer-reviewed scientific publications on various aspects of human nutritional needs in health and disease, and has co-edited five books. His present research interests include: obesity and other nutrition related NCDs, international health and nutrition.

Declaration of interest - Ricardo Uauy

Prof. Yang Yuexin

National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, China Center for Disease Control, Beijing, Chinan- Chair of the Chinese Nutrition Society

Prof. Yang Yuexin is a professor of nutrition and the director of the department of food and nutrition assessment at the National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, China CDC. Her research interests cover food composition, new ingredients function, dietary fiber, and glycemic index.

She is the President of Chinese Nutrition Society , Chairperson of the Committee on Nutritional and Functional Foods In China, and vice president of China’s National Dairy Standardization Technical Committee. She is a member of the National Food Safety Standardization Committee, and the National Food Label Standard Committee. Since 2002, she has been the coordinator of NEASIAFOODS on FAO/WHO/UNU.

Prof.Yang Yuexin has published more than 200 research articles and reviews in international and national journals. She has edited 12 Science books and textbooks on nutrition.

She has received numerous awards for her research work in China.

Prof. A. Kurpad

St John's Medical College Bangalore, India

Anura Kurpad is Professor & Head of Physiology & Nutrition at St John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India, and was the Founding Dean of St John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, India. He is the President of the Nutrition Society of India; Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences; Fellow of the IUNS, and Margdarshi Fellow of the Wellcome-DBT India Alliance.

He is also the Head of the IAEA Collaborating Centre on Nutrition, India. His interests are in energy and protein requirements, related to the nutritional state and the first 1000 days.  He has published over 280 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters.  He is a Co-author of the Asian Edition of Guyton’s Textbook of Physiology, Co-Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and Associate Editor of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, while serving on the editorial advisory committee of many other journals.

Declaration of interest - Anura Kurpad

Associate Prof. Rokiah Don

Associate Professor Rokiah Don is trained in Public Health Nutrition and is currently teaching in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur.

She was formerly the Director of Nutrition Division in the Ministry of Health Malaysia and had served the Ministry of Health Malaysia for 35 years. As Director and Head of the nutrition profession in Malaysia, she has collaboratively designed and developed many nutrition policies and interventions to address the nutrition and health-related challenges in the Malaysian population. She chaired and participated in many technical committees for nutrition program development and guidelines for professionals in Malaysia. She is a Council Member and a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia. Due to her tremendous contribution towards the development of nutrition, locally and internationally, she had obtained several excellent service awards from the government of Malaysia. She has worked with WHO and UNICEF especially in the field of infant and young child nutrition and has been substantially involved in the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU) since 2003.

Declaration of interest - Rokiah Don

Prof. Ngozi Nnam

Professor Ngozi Nnam is a Professor of Community and Public Health Nutrition affiliated to the Department of Home Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

Her area of specialization is Community and Public Health Nutrition with special interest in Nutrition of women and children, addressing malnutrition through the use of locally available food crops, improving nutritional qualities of plant foods to increase utilization and production, food product development especially complementary foods and their evaluation, documentation, chemical and biological evaluation of locally available foods.

On completion of her Ph.D. programme, Professor Nnam joined the services of University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she rose to the rank of Professor. She has served as Head, Department of Home Science, Nutrition and Dietetics for five years. She was an award winner as an outstanding Head of Department in the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2007.  Professor Nnam is currently the President Federation of African Nutrition Societies. She is also a Trustee of African Nutrition Society, E - Nutrition Academy and Nutrition Society of Nigeria. Professor Nnam has served as Dean Faculty of Agriculture, University of Nigeria Nsukka, President Nutrition Society of Nigeria and Chairman Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CS - SUNN).

Declaration of interest - Ngozi Nnam

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