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EWL Director is elected to Academy of Medical Sciences

Dr Ann Prentice, the EWL Director, has been elected as a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Dr Prentice is one of the foremost nutrition scientists in the UK. Her research focuses on nutrient requirements for bone health, encompassing the nutritional problems of both affluent and developing societies.

In recent years, Dr Prentice’s research has concentrated on nutritional requirements for fetal and child growth, skeletal development and bone health, with a particular emphasis on osteoporosis and rickets.

Some of Dr Prentice’s most influential research contributions have emerged from her experiences in different populations, as her research has been based in the UK, The Gambia, China and more recently Bangladesh and South Africa, working on projects studying pregnant and lactating women, children, adolescents and older people.

Dr Prentice is committed to the pursuit of a robust evidence base for nutrition policy and practice and is a strong advocate of translational engagement with governments, health professionals, academia and industry, an ethos that is a hallmark of EWL. She is also Chair and long-serving member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition that provide advice and risk assessments on nutrition to the UK Government and has extensive expertise of public health and international nutrition.

Dr Prentice’s reputation for scientific rigour, her inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural approaches, and her willingness to challenge assumptions has led to many invitations to speak at international conferences and to input advice on nutrition and health, for example to the Department of Health, Food Standards Agency, World Health Organization and more. A highlight in Dr Prentice’s career was being appointed an OBE in the Birthday Honours List in 2006.

This is a very considerable scientific honour and Dr Prentice will attend an award ceremony at the end of June. Staff and students at EWL would like to congratulate Dr Prentice on this outstanding achievement.