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Seminar – INDDEX24: A Digital Solution for Streamlining Dietary Assessment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries – Dr Jennifer Coates
July 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
All are invited to the CEDAR/MRC Epidemiology Seminar:
INDDEX24: A Digital Solution for Streamlining Dietary Assessment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Individual-level quantitative dietary data are often viewed as prohibitively expensive and time-consuming to generate, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The length and cost of this process is due, in large part, to the lack of available and accessible dietary data research infrastructure (i.e. food composition data, recipes, food descriptors, portion conversions, digital data collection tools). INDDEX24 is a novel solution to many of the challenges of scaling up dietary data collection in LMICs. It is comprised of a mobile application (app) for dietary data collection that is linked to a web app for managing and sharing dietary data inputs. To maximize the time and cost saving benefits of the platform, a concerted effort will be needed to populate the web app with dietary data inputs from LMICs.
About Dr Coates
Jennifer Coates, PhD is an Associate Professor of Food Policy and Applied Nutrition at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Coates’s research focuses on the development of methods for improving the design, implementation, and evaluation of international nutrition and food security programs. She also works to develop novel metrics and tools, including those related to food security and dietary assessment, for use in low and middle income countries. Dr. Coates has served on several advisory committees, including as Co-Chair of the WHO-UNICEF Technical Expert Advisory Group for Global Nutrition Monitoring (TEAM), and teaches graduate-level courses in food policy and program monitoring and evaluation at the Friedman School.
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