Dr. Allen’s research focuses on the prevalence, causes and consequences of micronutrient deficiencies, especially vitamin B12 deficiency, primarily in developing countries. She has evaluated interventions with micronutrient supplements, food fortification and food-based approaches to improve nutritional status, pregnancy outcome and child development, resulting in over 200 publications. She has advised many international and bilateral agencies and organizations, including WHO, UNICEF and FAO.
She served as President of the American Society of Nutritional Sciences and the Society for International Nutrition Research, and received the Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition Research and the Conrad A. Elvehjem Award for Public Service in Nutrition from the American Society for Nutrition. Dr. Allen is second Vice President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences.
Cutberto Garza joined Boston College in 2005 after having served as the Director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences and vice-provost at Cornell University. At Boston College, Dr. Garza is responsible for the implementation of the academic components of a strategic assessment and planning initiative completed in 2006.
While at Cornell, Dr. Garza also served as director of the Food and Nutrition Program of the United Nations University and chaired a number of domestic and international committees and study groups that addressed key issues in food safety and health and nutrition, including a complex multi-country study on infant and young child growth sponsored by the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation, UNICEF, and other organizations.
Dr. Garza has received numerous awards and honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science and the Feinstein World Hunger Prize for Education and Research from Brown University, and has held several domestic and international appointments and consultantships. He was named to the inaugural class of the National Associates of the National Academies of Science and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, the American Society for Nutrition, the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society, among other organizations.
A 1969 graduate of Baylor University with a BS in chemistry, Dr. Garza received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine in 1973 and a PhD in nutrition and food science from MIT in 1976.
Dr. Anna Lartey
Dept. of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana
Legon, Ghana, West Africa
Anna Lartey is an Associate Professor and former Head of Department, Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana.
Dr. Lartey attended University of California, Davis as a Fulbright student and received her Ph.D. in nutrition 1998. She received her B.Sc. from the University of Ottawa, Canada, completed a dietetic internship at Kingston General Hospital, Canada and received her M.Sc. from the University of Guelph, Canada.
Her research focuses on maternal child nutrition. She was Co-Principal Investigator for the WHO Multicenter Growth Reference Study, Ghana site. Dr Lartey won the University of Ghana’s “Best Researcher Award for 2004”. She has served on several WHO Expert consultations on child nutrition. Dr Lartey currently leads the Ghana delegation to the Codex Committee on Nutrition for Special Dietary uses (CCNFSDU), where Ghana chairs the electronic working group to revise the Codex Guidelines on Formulated Supplementary Foods for Older Infants and Young Children. She is a graduate of the African Nutrition Leadership Program. She was the Chairperson of the Africa Nutritional Epidemiology Conference from 2006 to 2009 and currently she is the President-elect of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS, 2009-2013)
Dr. Reynaldo Martorell Robert W. Woodruff Professor of International Nutrition
Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
Dr. Martorell is the Robert W. Woodruff professor of International Nutrition at Emory University, and recently stepped down as chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health, a position he held for 11 years. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Global Health Institute. Dr. Martorell is a Director of the International Nutrition Foundation and serves on the Standing Committee on Child Obesity Prevention of Food the Institute of Medicine. He is an advisor to UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank. His recent awards include the McCollum International Lectureship, the International Nutrition Prize from Kellogg's and the Society for International Nutrition Research, and the Marion Creekmore award from Emory University. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2003. Prior to his position at Emory, Dr. Martorell held positions at Cornell University, Stanford University, and the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) in Guatemala.
Dr. Martorell’s research interests include maternal and child nutrition, child growth and development, the significance of early childhood malnutrition for short and long term human function, micronutrient malnutrition, and the emergence of obesity and chronic diseases in developing countries. His policy interests include global health concerns, particularly programs and policies in food and nutrition, issues dealing with hunger and malnutrition, and the health implications of changes in diet and lifestyles in developing countries.
Dr. Martorell received a bachelor's degree in anthropology from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Washington. He was born in Honduras, Central America.
Dr. Ricardo Uauy
Professor of Public Health Nutrition Institute of Nutrition (INTA)
University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Ricardo Uauy, MD, PhD, trained in Pediatrics at Harvard and Yale and obtained his PhD at MIT under Dr. Scrimshaw.
Dr. Uauy has been a leader throughout his career in international nutrition and, among other roles, has served as Director of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA) in Chile, Advisor to several United Nations agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Chairman of the United Nations ACC/SCN Advisory Group in Nutrition, and President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS).
Dr. Uauy has been deeply committed to the INF since its inception in 1982, serving as an INF Board Member, Co-Chair of INF Fellowship Program, and Vice President for Capacity Building. He is now the current President of INF.
Dr. Emorn Wasantwisut
Associate Professor, Senior Advisor, Institute of Nutrition and Vice President for International Relations
Emorn Wasantwisut (Udomkesmalee), PhD, is the Vice President for International Relations of Mahidol University as well as Senior Advisor and Former Director of the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand. She holds a current position of Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Wasantwisut holds a PhD in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA (1985). Her post-doctoral training was at the Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, US Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland, USA (1987).
In addition, she is the Co-Chairperson of the United Nations Systems Standing Committee on Nutrition-Working Group on Capacity Development and Past-Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee of the International Congress of Nutrition 2009. She is a member of WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group on Micronutrients; the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group (IZiNCG) Steering Committee; the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF); the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) Council; the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Partnership Council; and Editorial Board of Food and Nutrition Bulletin. Her research interests include micronutrient assessment, bioavailability and metabolism; micronutrient interaction especially of vitamin A and zinc or iron and zinc; and micronutrient and immune function.