Congratulations to Professor Ann Prentice OBE, an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at the Unit, on being made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year Honours for services to British and global public health nutrition.
Professor Prentice is the former Director of the MRC Elsie Widdowson Laboratory (previously MRC Human Nutrition Research) in Cambridge, where she was Programme Leader of the MRC Nutrition and Bone Health Research Group. She also led the Calcium, Vitamin D and Bone Health research team at MRC Unit The Gambia.
Her research is focused on lifecourse nutritional requirements for population health, with an emphasis on calcium and vitamin D, and encompasses the nutritional problems of both affluent and resource-limited societies. She has been involved in projects studying pregnant and lactating women, children, adolescents and older persons in the UK, The Gambia, Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, China, Bangladesh, India and South Africa.
Responding to the announcement of her award, she said:
I am delighted to receive this honour on behalf of all the people, in this country and worldwide, who have worked with me to improve our understanding of the links between nutrition and health.”