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Andrew Prentice  Andrew Prentice

    Professor of International Nutrition

    Director, MRC International Nutrition Group

    Address: MRC International Nutrition Group, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London

    WC1E 7HT, UK

    Tel: + 44 (0)20 7958 8125

    Fax: + 44 (0)20 7958 8111

    andrew.prentice@lshtm.ac.uk

 

Background

Andrew Prentice founded the MRC International Nutrition Group at LSHTM in 1999. Born in Uganda, he studied in East Africa and the UK obtaining a BSc in Biochemistry followed by a PhD in Nutrition from Darwin College, Cambridge. He worked in the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit's rural field station in Keneba, The Gambia from 1978-83. In 1983 he returned to the MRC Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre in Cambridge to become Head of Human Energy Metabolism where he specialised in studying the regulation of energy balance with a particular focus on obesity. In 1998 he became scientific director of the MRC Keneba fieldstation and of the Nutrition Programme for MRC The Gambia Unit, a role he still maintains.

Research

His current research spans the 4 research areas of ING with special interest in early life programming of immune function, nutrient-gene interactions (especially in relation to iron and infectious diseases) and reproductive nutrition, with research collaborations in Gambia, Chile, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Tanzania. He has been a member of numerous national and international advisory committees, and held senior posts in several academic associations. He is currently a member of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health Discovery Expert Group, the Wellcome Trust's Expert Review Group for Physiology in Health and Disease, and Chair of the NIH/NICHD/Gates Research Review Group in Iron and Malaria. His work has attracted several international awards, most recently the EV McCollum International Lecturer Award from the American Society of Nutrition 2010/11, and the 5th George G Graham Lectureship 2011 from Johns Hopkins University.

Teaching

MSc Nutrition for Global Health at LSHTM

ING publications