In order of presentation

Friday June 17th, 2016: The Great Nutrient Debate: What should we teach our students?

Prof Luc Tappy

Luc Tappy is a senior researcher at the Institute of Physiology, Lausanne University School of Medicine. His studies focus on nutrition, physical exercise and metabolism in healthy individuals and in various clinical conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, organ transplant patients and critically ill patients. In 2002, he was appointed full professor of physiology at the Department of Physiology of the University of Lausanne, and associate physician at the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism of the CHUV. He has also been invited professor at the Centre Hospitalier Sart Tilman in Liège, Belgium (1998-2001), and in the Department of Nutrition, at the University of California at Berkeley (1995). His present research is focused on the environmental factors involved in the present epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Prof Martin Kohlmeier

Martin Kohlmeier specialises in laboratory diagnostics, nutritional genetics and the use of computers in nutrition education for healthcare professionals and the general public. His clinical and laboratory experience uniquely help him translate bench research to the bedside and general consumer applications and to bring nutrition education to the health professions. He is director of Nutrition in Medicine project, which has provided comprehensive online nutrition education to students and healthcare professionals since 1992, currently at more than 150 medical institutions worldwide. He has introduced interactive assessment features, tailored content presentation, and adaptive remediation. Current efforts concern the scalable implementation of video-realistic virtual reality environments for clinical nutrition training.

Prof Caryl Nowson

Caryl Nowson is a qualified dietitian, who holds the Deakin Chair of Nutrition and Ageing. Her position encompasses both teaching in the medical program and research. She is an active nutrition researcher conducting dietary intervention studies and assessing their impact on cardiovascular and osteoporosis risk. More recently she has engaged in research relating public health applications to achievement of population dietary change and has further extended her work into embedding nutrition into medical education through collaboration with a number of medical schools in Australia through a joint National Teaching grant.

Prof Daniele Del Rio

Daniele Del Rio is Associate Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Parma. As a visiting scientist at the University of Glasgow in 2002-2003, he developed interests and expertise in HPLC-MS/MS analysis of polyphenols and related compounds in food and in human tissues/fluids. The absorption, metabolism and bioactivity of dietary polyphenolics became the principal focus of Daniele’s interests and his research and collaborations in this area have made him one of the leading researchers in the field. Dan is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition and is a member of the editorial board of Molecular Nutrition and Food Research (Wiley), Nutrition Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases (Elsevier) as well as Commissioned Reviews Editor for the Journal Of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Since January 2011, Daniele is leading the Laboratory of Phytochemicals in Physiology, a research laboratory of the Department of Food Science of the University of Parma and is the co-funder of the LS9 Bioactives & Health Interlab Group (

Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Panel

André Laperrière: 

André Laperrière joined the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative as its first Executive Director, in September 2015. He has played a senior role in the design and the implementation of major reforms within a number of agencies such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. He has extensive work experience in the Americas, Caribbean, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, in particular in developing countries and in conflict/post conflict environments. Before joining GODAN, Mr. Laperrière was Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Washington DC. Among other positions, he has also been Director of the Administration and Finance Division in the World Health Organization (WHO), and Coordinator for reconstruction and rehabilitation activities under the responsibility of UNICEF in Iraq.

Elizabeth Dodsworth

Dr Elizabeth Dodsworth has been responsible for CABI’s Knowledge Management Theme for the past 16 years. She is actively engaged in finding solutions to the long term sustainability of open access knowledge bases developed with public funding. Since 2006 she has been developing programmes to harness mobile technologies to serve the knowledge needs of farmers in the field, and to identify sustainable business models for access. Elizabeth’s early career in teaching took her to The Gambia and St Lucia, followed by a period in research in livestock nutrition. The majority of her career has been in knowledge sharing and management, as a publishing editor of Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews and information scientist. An interest in building capacity in information management in developing countries has resulted in management of consultancies in a variety of developing countries around the world.

Veronica Tuffrey

Veronica obtained her first degree from Cambridge University, and her Masters and PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She works as an independent consultant, and has undertaken assignments for UN agencies (FAO, UNHCR, WFP and WHO), donors (DFID and EU), NGOs (SC-UK, SC-International and PATH) and several academic institutions. She has an honorary research post at the University of Westminster, and was a senior lecturer in statistics and research methods there. Recent freelance assignments relating to information systems and data gaps were a review of the history and methods of nutrition surveillance, and a feasibility assessment for implementation of a National Information Platform for Nutrition in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Veronica is currently providing technical assistance to the SUN (Scaling-Up Nutrition) movement in Somalia.

Patrizia Fracassi

Patrizia Fracassi is Senior Nutrition Analyst and Strategy Advisor in the SUN Movement Secretariat and a member of the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report. The Scaling Up Nutrition Movement currently has 57 country members. Her main roles at the Secretariat involve advancing the country-led agenda on effective multi-sectoral approaches for planning, costing, managing and monitoring implementation, tracking investments and mobilizing resources. Previously, Patrizia worked in Ethiopia with UNICEF on Nutrition Information System strengthening and for the World Bank on Linkages between the Productive Safety Net Program and the National Nutrition Program. She also worked for UNICEF Uganda as a Nutrition Specialist and for CESVI and Oxfam Italia in Vietnam as Country Representative, specializing in Community Based Nutrition, Primary Health Care and Livelihoods. Patrizia holds an M.A. in Human Sciences and a M.Sc. in Development Management. She is a Doctorate candidate in Health Research.

Sylvia Szabo

Sylvia Szabo, PhD, is an international development and research professional with expertise in food and nutrition security, population studies, and urbanisation. Her most recent research interests include accountability for nutrition and issues around data gaps in nutrition, food security and agriculture.  Sylvia currently works as Nutrition Policy and Advocacy Adviser in Save the Children’s Research and Policy department. Previous employers include the University of Southampton, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, International Organization for Migration and the European Commission. Sylvia published widely, including scientific papers, policy briefs, blogs and a book on urbanisation and inequalities.

Daniela Beltrame

Daniela is a Brazilian Nutritionist, MSc in public Health and PhD in Nutrition (Food Science). With a background on food composition, bioactive properties and bioavailability of compounds from native and underutilized species from Brazilian biodiversity, she is currently the National Coordinator for the “Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition” Project in Brazil and is involved in the establishment of a network for food composition analysis and data compilation, development of a database and management system of nutritional composition data for native underutilized species and is also contributing to the development of an online module to mainstream biodiversity into nutrition education. Daniela believes that biodiversity is the key for achieving diversified, nutritious diets


Saturday June 18th, 2016: International Summit for Medical Nutrition Education and Research

Prof Sumantra Ray

Sumantra (Shumone) is a Licensed Medical Doctor as well as a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), with special interests in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Medical Nutrition Education. He works at the MRC Human Nutrition Research (HNR) unit as Senior Medical Advisor (Chief of the Volunteer Studies and Clinical Services Facility) and Senior Clinician Scientist (Principal Investigator for the HNR Nutrition and Vascular Studies Platform) as well as UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey Lead Clinician (Honorary Consultant in Nutrition with Public Health England). Shumone has been elected as Deputy Chairman of the 2015 BMA Conference of Medical Academic Representatives (COMAR) and has most recently been elected as a governing body Fellow of Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge, in recognition of ongoing contributions as Chair of the NNEdPro Group.

Dr Rachel Pryke

Rachel Pryke is a part-time GP partner and trainer in Redditch, Worcestershire, with particular interests in obesity, malnutrition and women’s health. She was RCGP Clinical Champion for Nutrition until 2015 and began a NICE Fellowship in April 2015. She established the RCGP Nutrition Group in 2013. Rachel has written two books – “Weight Matters for Children” and “Weight Matters for Young People”, Radcliffe Publishing 2006, plus many e-learning modules on obesity, child obesity and adolescent health. She runs primary care obesity training courses throughout the UK and has collaborated with WHO on a European primary care obesity training package. She has contributed to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Obesity Steering Group 2013 report: Measuring up: The medical profession’s prescription to the obesity crisis, and to the 2013 RCP Action on Obesity: Comprehensive care for all report, which looks at how the NHS should adapt to meet the needs of an increasingly obese nation.

Pauline Douglas

Pauline has over 25 years of Clinical and academic experience in dietetics, and her main teaching disciplines are in Professional Practice for dietetic students and dietetic practice educators. Pauline is a member of the Professional Practice Committee of European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians, and the current Chair and co-founder of the Commonwealth Dietitians and Nutritionists Association. Pauline is a partner with the Health and Care Professions Council, the statutory regulator for Allied Health Professions in the UK, and was a previous Honorary Chairman of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). She was elected to Fellowship of the BDA for her professional achievements in 2010.

Dr Minha Rajput-Ray

Minha Rajput-Ray is a Licensed Medical Doctor, as well as a Registered Osteopath. Minha read Medicine at the University of Dundee where she later taught Clinical Nutrition to Medical Students, co-supervised Intercalated BSc projects on Nutrition and participated in workshops teaching Foundation Doctors and Health Professionals on the importance of Nutrition. After her basic medical training in Dundee, Minha held an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Rheumatology and General Medicine at the University of Cambridge. She subsequently developed a career in Disability and Occupational Medicine, having been awarded the Mobbs Corporate Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians Faculty of Occupational Medicine as well as the Golden Jubilee Travelling Fellowship of the Society for Occupational Medicine. Minha is Chair of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) Scientific Committee on Unemployment, Job Insecurity and Health as well as Member of the ICOH Scientific Committee on Cardiology and Occupational Health.

Dr Lauren Ball

Dr Lauren Ball is an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Research Fellow, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics at Griffith University in Australia. Dr Ball conducts research in primary health care that contributes to a better understanding of how patients with, or at risk of chronic disease can be supported to have healthy dietary behaviours. The research Dr Ball leads is patient-centred, interdisciplinary, and utilises a knowledge-translation approach to support high quality health care. The research is aligned with the international research agenda on chronic disease prevention and management, and patient-centred primary health care.

Celia Laur

Celia is a Registered Public Health Nutritionist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She completed her BSc Honours in Health Sciences, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, a Masters in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Southampton, UK, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Waterloo, School of Public Health and Health Systems, in Canada. For her doctoral training, Celia is working with a team of experts in hospital malnutrition (the ‘More-2-Eat’ team), including the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force, to pilot the implementation of the Integrated Nutrition Pathway for Acute Care (INPAC) in five hospitals across Canada. This work links well with NNEdPro Theme 3b and several NNEdPro Core Team members are co-investigators within the More-2-Eat project.

Dr Jennifer Crowley

As a teacher and a dietitian, Jennifer has always had a passion for nutrition education. Since beginning her PhD in 2011, which investigates the New Zealand context of nutrition in undergraduate medical education, Jennifer has established contacts with Griffith University and the University of Queensland, in Australia as well as the Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) an independent group based in Cambridge, England, Some of the publications from these collaborations are part of her recently submitted doctoral thesis. Jennifer plans to continue researching ways to enhance the quality and quantity of New Zealand undergraduate medical nutrition education.