Current work and interests
Florence’s research investigated the influence of diet, nutrition and HIV status during pregnancy and lactation on bone health in African women and their children. The research was based on a prospective cohort study that she set-up in Uganda during her PhD. She left the Unit in 2021.
Her research interests include:
- Pregnancy, lactation and bone health
- Maternal and child nutrition in LMICs
- Breastmilk composition
- Breastfeeding and Baby Friendly Health Facility Initiative (BFHI)
- Nutrition in the context of infectious (HIV and TB) and NCDs in LMICs
- Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM)
- Health policy and systems research
- Implementation research in nutrition
Florence is a member of The Nutrition Society, the International AIDS Society, and the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation.
Background and experience
Prior to joining the Nutritional Epidemiology programme Florence was an Investigator Scientist in the MRC Nutrition and Bone Health Research (NBH) Group led by Professor Ann Prentice, and a visiting worker at the MRC Epidemiology Unit.
Florence has a PhD in Biological Science from the University of Cambridge. She was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to conduct her PhD at MRC Human Nutrition Research (Elsie Widdowson Laboratory). She also has a BSc in Food Science and Technology and MSc in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Florence has pre-doctoral work experience in management and prevention of acute malnutrition, design and implementation of nutrition programmes through a health systems strengthening approach, capacity building for health workers and technical assistance to health facilities and districts in Uganda. She previously worked for Baylor-Uganda (both the clinical Center of Excellence for paediatric HIV/AIDS – which also doubles as the national paediatric infectious diseases clinic, and the Baylor nationwide programmes on comprehensive HIV/AIDS. At Baylor-Uganda, Florence designed and implemented a pioneering programme integrating nutrition and food security interventions into HIV/AIDS services at >300 government health facilities in 25 districts of Uganda.
Florence is a qualified facilitator on various Uganda Ministry of Health nutrition courses for health workers in Uganda: Nutrition Care and Support for People Living with HIV, Integrated Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling, Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition, and Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.