MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory

Dr Ann Prentice

Ann Prentice

Director, Group Leader

Research Group / Team: Nutrition and Bone Health Group


Dr Ann Prentice OBE, PhD, FMedSci, FAfN, FSB is the Director at MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (EWL), as well as Head of the Nutrition and Bone Health Group.

Her research focuses on nutrient requirements for bone health, encompassing the nutritional problems of both affluent and developing societies. She is currently involved in projects studying pregnant and lactating women, children, adolescents and older people in the UK, West Africa, Bangladesh, South Africa and China. Ann is Chair of the UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and a member of a number of other advisory committees. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science and the Society of Biology, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and an Honorary Professor of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Shenyang Medical College, China. Ann was awarded the British Nutrition Foundation Prize in 2011, the Laureate de Le Prix Scientifique, Institut Candia, France in 1998, the Robert and Edna Langholz Award for International Nutrition in 2004 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Surrey in 2014. She was President of The Nutrition Society between 2004 and 2007, and appointed an OBE in the Birthday Honours List 2006. Ann was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Honorary Fellowship Presentation took place in April 2015 at the RCPCH Annual Conference in Birmingham and the certificate was presented by HRH Princess Anne.

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