Dr. Nevin Scrimshaw founded the International Nutrition Foundation in 1982 to mobilize support for training, research, communication and policy related to food and nutrition in developing countries. Dr. Scrimshaw saw the critical need for researchers and nutrition professionals in developing countries to access and implement state-of-the-art nutrition research. He believed that all researchers should have the opportunity to share scientific views and insights that accurately reflect the cultural, social and economic influences in developing countries.
Initially partnering with the United Nations University, the INF's collaboration has steadily expanded to other agencies such as the International Union for Nutrition Sciences (IUNS), several UN and bilateral agencies, non governmental organizations, academic institutions in the developing and developed parts of the world as well as selected groups within the private sector that share INF's concerns for public nutrition in developing countries and those in economic and social transition.
As President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Scrimshaw lead the INF in fulfilling this mission by mobilizing support for training, research, communication and policy related to public health and nutrition in developing countries for over 28 years. In honor of Dr. Scrimshaw and his tireless contributions to international nutrition research, programming, and capacity building, the INF was renamed the "Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation" in October 2009 (official announcement).
Watch the video below to learn more about Dr. Nevin Scrimshaw, the history and mission of INF:
The INF Headquarters are based at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, USA. The INF is a 501(c)(3) organization that is classified as a non-profit organization as per the State of Massachusetts and has tax exempt status. INFis governed as per state laws by a Chief Executive Officer supported by an active Board of Directors and Officers of the Foundation. The INF is audited annually.
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