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"Meet Our Members"

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

For the Summer Newsletter we are continuing to showcase members of our Global Innovation Panel


This is part of an ongoing series and other core members will subsequently be featured in future issues. Please stay tuned.


 

Ananya Ria Roy

Steering Committee and Chair (Digital Engagement, Social Media and External Communications)

What is your background in?

My background has been over a decade of working in communications and marketing for organisations or projects with a purpose, from international development organisations and trade, supporting SME’s in the UK and in India, to working with health non-profits more recently. Prior to this I studied an MSc in NGOs & Development Studies from the LSE and a BSc in Business Management from Kings College London.


How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I started my journey with NNEdPro with the work in India and what is now called ‘Bhavishya Shakti’ and helping to set the foundations of the programme, from facilitating with fundraising, to marketing and communications. I got involved shortly after returning from India having spent 6 years working there in international development at a grassroots level in Kolkata where the Teaching Kitchens pilot was taking place. I have since been involved in various operational activities and events and I am currently volunteering as Chair on the new Digital Steering Committee in 2020.

What excites you most about working with NNEdPro?

The networks, the people, and watching people flourish whether it’s seeing the Mobile Teaching Kitchen project flourish into Bhavishya Shakti or how we as a team have improved operationally over the years and created spaces for knowledge sharing across the world. I’m excited to see how we can do more digitally.

 

Professor Clare Wall RNutr

Auckland, New Zealand

What is your background in?

I trained as a dietitian in the UK and specialised in paediatrics working in tertiary hospitals in both the UK and Australia. My clinical research position at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane enabled me to develop a keen interest in research and supported my completion of a PhD. A move to New Zealand in 1995 saw a change of career direction and entry into the University setting. At the University of Auckland I have established an undergraduate pathway in nutrition in the BSc programme and set up the Masters of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics. I have also been involved in the delivery of nutrition curricula into various clinical pre-registration programmes including medicine, nursing and pharmacy.


How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

My interest in nutrition in medical education has led me to develop and lead a programme of research which aims to evaluate nutrition teaching in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education. In 2014 through one of my PhD students (Jennifer Crowley) I connected with Shumone and that year attended the inaugural nutrition summit in Cambridge. The rest is history!

What excites you most about working with NNEdPro?

The growth of NNEdPro has been exponential. To see such a global interest in the desire to advance nutrition knowledge through education is very inspiring and to be part of this global community is exciting!

 

Dr Dionysia Angeliki Lyra

UAE and Greece

What is your background in?

I am currently working as a Halophyte Agronomist at the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I am studying agricultural aspects of salt-loving plants and their scaling up potential in desert environments. My background is in Crop Science and Agronomy. I conducted all my studies (BSc; MSc, PhD) at the Agricultural University of Athens in Greece.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I was very much excited to participate in the Third successful NNEdPro Summer School in Applied Human Nutrition in 2018. This was an eye-opening experience for me since I enriched my knowledge on nutrition and health correlated with the food which is actually my main research area. Since then I am interacting with NNEdPro members exploring opportunities to showcase the NNEdPro network in Middle East; collaborate in projects that will enhance the food and nutrition security in marginal environments and also capacity building programs related to health, food and nutrition.

What excites you most about working with NNEdPro?

I very much like the teamwork and positive spirit that embraces the NNEdPro network. I love the multidisciplinary character of the NNEdPro team which comprises of different expertise that complements each other. Thus, it is an excellent think-tank to brainstorm and synergize about nutritional aspects of food.

 

Emily Fallon ANutr

Open portfolio in nutrition and public health

What is your background in?

I currently work as a Public Health Officer in local government, and I am very passionate about actively integrating nutrition science into public health. By background, I am a Registered Associate Nutritionist (MSc) with experience and previous University education in Sport and Exercise Science (BSc). I attended the NNEdPro Summer School in Applied Human Nutrition in 2018 at the University of Cambridge and I became closely involved with the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health shortly after, as a summer school alumni and virtual core member, which greatly excited me.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I remain a member of the NNEdPro Virtual Core as an Executive member and since, I have had the pleasure of working with NNEdPro as a major stakeholder in my MSc Human Nutrition research study, in collaboration with the University of Surrey. Working with NNEdPro enabled me to conduct research that would not have been possible in the typical realms of a University course; I had the opportunity to pilot my study materials at a conference and in the clinical domain, plus to present my research at a nutrition conference at the Royal Society of Medicine.

What excites you most about working with NNEdPro?

What excites me most about working with NNEdPro is how collaborative and international we are as an organisation; we cross borders and different domains of health and nutrition and this greatly inspires and motivates me.

 

Dr Giuseppe Grosso

Public Health

What is your background in?

I have a degree in medicine, a medical specialization in public health and a PhD in neuropharmacology. I’m currently an assistant professor in human nutrition. I’ve published over a hundred papers in international scientific journals and I’m currently collaborating with several research group globally. My personal interests involve nutritional epidemiology, evidence assessment and global health.


How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I’m among the “old” members. I’ve been collaborating with NNEdPro members so far, putting at service my expertise in scientific outputs.

What excites you most about working with NNEdPro?

NNEdPro is a unique group because involves individuals with no geographical boundaries and is constantly active. NNEdPro has an extremely flexible design and provides a platform to easily get in touch with several experts all around the globe.

 

Dr Jennifer Crowley RNutr

Auckland, New Zealand

What is your background in?

My background: In 2015, I graduated with a PhD. My topic was in medical education, specifically do medical student receive sufficient nutrition education to leverage from into their future medical careers.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I first became involved in NNEdPro during my PhD research. Internationally, there was limited research being conducted in this area during this time. It was very helpful to form international collaborations.

What excites you most about working with NNEdPro?

What excites me most working with NNEdPro is the opportunity to meet others involved in this field, share knowledge, ideas and support.​ To this end, participating in the annual Summit and Summer Schools have been highlights. Now working with the ANZ NNEdPro network is important for me.

 

Professor Martin Kohlmeier

Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health | Precision Nutrition

What is your background in?

I am a physician and clinical biochemist by training, having done basic and clinical work with a focus on nutritional individuality and genetics for more than thirty years. Currently I am the director of the Human Research Core at our UNC Nutrition Research Institute, providing clinical services and research support.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I am directing the Nutrition in Medicine network which provides online medical nutrition education resources. A majority of US medical and osteopathic schools have used the materials as well as medical school in more than 20 other countries. That has led to the contact with Shumone, early joint appearances at conferences, and the rest is history.

What excites you most about working with NNEdPro?

I love the opportunity to work with so many people from around the globe, feeling that we may make a difference for the better (we are all a bit deluded), and the friendships that have developed with so many in the network.

 

Breanna Lepre APD

Open portfolio in Nutrition and Medical Education | 2020 Summer Events Support

What is your background in?

My background is in Nutrition and Dietetics, with a focus on improving nutrition education for medical professionals. I am currently undertaking a PhD related to nutrition competencies for medical professionals.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I was lucky enough to become involved with NNEdPro during my honours year at the University of Wollongong, where I undertook a project investigating the nutrition education provided to medical students at the University. I presented this research at the 3rd NNEdPro Australia & New Zealand Symposium, and have been involved with NNEdPro since.

What excites you most working with NNEdPro?

Collaborating with like-minded individuals.

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Dr Daniela Martini

GIP Member - Milan, Italy

What is your background in?

Master degree in Human Nutrition (university of Milan) and PhD in Food Sciences and Human Nutrition (University of Rome).

I have a long experience as postdoc fellow in Human Nutrition

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I worked for 5 years at the University of Parma as postdoc fellow with Dan Del Rio and I was initially involved as speaker at the Summer Schools with talks on Food labelling (being one of my research fields). Last year, I was appointed as GIP member of NNEdPro.

What excites you most working with NNEdPro?

Having the possibility to connect and share expertise and knowledge with members from all over the world and with different background in the nutrition field.

Having the possibility to train young students and professionals with interests in nutrition (mainly through the summer school) having the possibility to improve nutrition knowledge (hopefully also by the Italy network just launched).


 

Dr Donato Angelino

GIP Member - Teramo, Italy

What is your background in?

My background belongs to biology, having BSc, MSci and PhD in Biological Sciences. After some years spent in performing in vitro and in vivo animal studies to study the bioavailability and the health effect of bioactive compounds from vegetables, I joined the University of Parma to focus more on the human health, with dietary intervention studies leading to the comprehension of the effects of the consumption of different foods on health markers. Recently, I have been appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Teramo, where I will continue my studies focusing on the human health.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I met the NNEdPro Team several years ago thanks to the collaboration with the University of Parma and my Mentor, Prof. Daniele Del Rio. Since the beginning I have been involved in the organisation of NNEdPro Summer School as speaker, and I am currently involved in the set-up of the NNEdPro Italy Regional Network with colleagues from all over the Country.

What excites you most working with NNEdPro?

The most exciting part of what I call “NNEdPro Family” is the friendly and active collaboration among all the members, regardless of the geographic distances and the seniority of the colleagues. NNEdPro gives the incredible opportunity to be in touch with practitioners from all over the world and fields, to learn from their experience in developing projects related to nutrition education and to adapt these formats in different contexts.


 

Professor Eleanor Beck APD

Steering Committee Chair (Australia and New Zealand Regional Network) | (Cambridge Summer School Learning/Assessment)

What is your background in?

I am a dietitian working as Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Medicine at University of Wollongong in Australia. As a Dietitian I primarily worked in clinical practice in a hospital setting.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I worked with Professor Caryl Nowson on a project, developing nutrition competency standards for medicine and Caryl suggested my name to a newly formed ANZ chapter of NNEdPro.

What excites you most working with NNEdPro?

The opportunity to hear how others have done great things to improve nutrition across a spectrum of settings from individual care to groups to populations. Then there is a chance that our group can extend that to different geographical locations.


 

Elaine Macaninch RD

Nutrition Implementation Coalition Co-Convenor

Whats your background in?

I am a Registered Dietitian, mainly working in diabetes. I became interested in nutrition education working with groups of patients and also teaching Practice Nurses and GPs and for the last 3 years I have been in Brighton and Sussex Medical school alongside the fabulous Dr Kathy Martyn. We have built a network of nutrition educators through co-founding the ERiMNN (Education and Research in Medical Nutrition Network). I am also the nutrition lead and a director for Culinary Medicine UK, where we use hands on cooking health professionals and students develop practical skills to incorporate nutrition into everyday consultations.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I was introduced to NNEdPro via Kathy and attended the annual summit. I was really keen to learn from multi-professionals with an interest in nutrition. Via NNEdPro I have co-authored a paper reviewing medical student and doctor opinions on nutrition education. I have also been involved in writing and delivering the NEPHELP (Nutrition Education Policy for Healthcare Practice) initiative to junior doctors, and health professionals across England hospital and Primary Care sites.

What excites you most working with NNEdPro?

I love NNEdPro’s outward looking and inclusive focus. This completely fits with my own thoughts and the need to widen the conversation around food systems, healthcare and human health. This has been an amazing opportunity for my own development and to join the dots to link in all my projects and current students to promote positive collaboration leading to action. Last year we agreed to join forces as the UK Nutrition Implementation collaborative linking NNEdPro, ERimNN, Culinary Medicine UK and Nutritank- 4 independent organisations but with a common goal to improve Nutrition knowledge and access to healthy affordable food for all.


 

Helena Trigueiro RD

Nutrition, Dietetics and Public Health

What is your background in?

My path started with my BSc in Nutritional Sciences, and then my MSc in Consumption Sciences and Nutrition. I am a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist who works in clinical nutrition, public health and health communication.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I was a candidate in NNEdPro's 2018 Summer School and participated in both the Essay Competition and NNEdPro's Summit. It was the perfect way to start collaborating with such a global and innovative nutrition network.

What excites you most working with NNEdPro?

NNEdPro dynamic is unique. It is thrilling to work alongside professionals, academics, and colleagues with the same purpose and vision: give Nutrition the attention it deserves.


 

A/Prof Lauren Ball APD

Global Strategic Lead (International Knowledge Application Network Hub in Nutrition 2025)

What is your background in?

I have a background in nutrition & dietetics as well as clinical exercise physiology. I am an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian in Australia which recognizes that I am leading the profession in nutrition, which is very exciting.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I spent a Summer at Cambridge at the end of my PhD and worked alongside Prof Ray, Dr Celia Laur and Dr Jennifer Crowley (from New Zealand). This came about after reaching out to Prof Ray showing interest in some work that NNEdPro had undertaken. Due to our mutual areas of interest, the Summer break has turned into over 6 years of collaboration!

What excites you most working with NNEdPro?

I am excited by the innovative and creative approach to generating new knowledge and translating this knowledge into meaningful impact across regions. I learn so much from other people and feel that we have direct and meaningful positive impact on individual lives, health providers and health services. I am confident this will continue to grow in the future too.


 

Dr Lyn Haynes Global Strategic Lead (Networks, Engagement, Quality and Impact)

What is your background in?

I’m an educationist. I started as a secondary school science teacher and was able to share my passion for science and maths with young people on four continents (Africa, America, Tuvalu and then England). Later I became involved in science education engagement across the UK and Europe. Having completed a bachelors, masters, and a doctoral qualification in science and education I moved into Initial Teacher Education. ITE has enabled me to work on numerous programmes and interact with pupils in over 125 secondary school, gaining insight into the state of play in education and how young people engage with their education.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I have known Dr Minha Rajput-Ray for some decades and have thus known about NNEdPro, in particular, MTK, as they evolved. I had wanted to join the initial trip to Kolkata but had become a full-time carer to my husband. After his demise I enquired about volunteering on the January/February 2020 trip. During my interview with Shumone in November 2019 he suddenly said something about wanting to involve me in NNEdPro. “Hang on, I came here to see if I could volunteer to work with children associated with the MTK Champions in India and now he’s going on about working with NNEdPro. Did I doze off during this interview?” Serendipity!

What excites you most working with NNEdPro?

The concept of an organisation that can offer and develop and deliver potentially sustainable self-help projects. Being so proud of the Champions at the recent Kolkata workshop, some of whom actually presented their table’s feedback: that takes some bottle and they demonstrated that they have it and could use it in an environment very different from their everyday! Working alongside and trying to muster the energy to keep abreast of such dynamic and energized folk. Thanks Shumone for dropping me in it! I am honoured to have been invited to be one of this growing team.

 

Shivani Bhat

Alternate Steering Committee Co-Chair (Digital Engagement and IANE Membership)

What is your background in?

BSc Physiology where I got involved in wet lab stem cell and behavioural neuroscience research, Masters in Public Health, where I got involved in translation research.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I did my masters thesis on the association of dietary pattern analysis and carotid intima media thickness with Shumone as my PI. Then became interested in NNEdPro’s work especially medical nutrition education and translation work. Conducted an internship with NNEdPro and got roped in ever since 2015. - wow it’s been 5 years!

What excites you most working with NNEdPro?

The global collaborative nature of NNEdPro as well as the fact that if we have an idea, we can work together to implement it.

 

Meet Members from our Operations and Strategy Team



James Bradfield

GIP Deputy Lead - Cross - appointed to Ops and Strategy Team (Summer School, Mentoring and Educational Projects Lead)

What’s your background in?

My undergraduate degree was in Nutritional Sciences at the University College Cork. I was always interested in nutrition, initially from a sports point of view but found myself becoming more interested in clinical and public health nutrition. From there I began a masters degree in Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of Chester where I am currently on my final placement.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

As part of my undergraduate degree I had a 6 month work placement to do which I was lucky to spend in Cambridge working with NNEdPro and the Medical Research Council. That was almost three years ago and since then I have fulfilled a number of roles in the group, focusing on education, online learning and more recently the Global Innovation Panel.

What excites you most about working with NNEdPro?

For me the most enjoyable thing is the wide variety of people involved. On a daily basis I get to speak to clinicians, researchers, educators and students but to name a few. It gives NNEdPro a very dynamic feeling and I like to think that I have learned something from everyone at this point and I know that I know that I have only scratched the surface in terms of what I can learn from the group!

 

Jørgen T. Johnsen

Cross-appointed to Ops and Strategy Team (Summit and Summer School Deputy | Technical Officer for Projects)

What’s your background in?

I have a BSc in Nutrition from Bjørknes University College and an MSc in Public Health Nutrition from Oslo Metropolitan University. I decided to get into nutrition after I experienced first-hand the lack of nutritional knowledge among health personnel during my treatment for leukemia. Later on, I felt that the best way I could contribute better to the nutritional issues was to go deeper into the public and policy level around nutrition-sensitive and specific programmes.


How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I met Shumone during my time as an intern at the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. We got talking one day about my plans after my internship and NNEdPro’s mission and vision when we shared a lift. Following our talk, he offered me to work as a Senior intern/Project officer for NNEdPro at its headquarters in Cambridge. I now work as a Technical officer part-time virtually while I am back in Norway.

What excites you most about working with NNEdPro?

What I first think of is the opportunities that arise. NNEdPro has provided me with experiences that I seek to develop myself within a global nutrition perspective, and it brings in a one of a kind environment of global nutrition experts. It is highly motivating for me to be surrounded by such great people who work so hard to make a positive change for our health and planet.

 

Dr Luke Buckner

GIP Deputy Lead – Cross-appointed to Ops and Strategy Team (UK-India Scientific Lead | Nutrition Implementation Coalition Co-Convenor)

Whats your background in?

My day job is actually as a junior doctor, but I have studied a BSc in Human Nutrition and Metabolism at Kings College London. From there I have been involved in Nutrition Education within Medical Curricula, as well as NNEdPro's Mobile Teaching Work in India.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I got involved after taking a year out of my medical degree to pursue the interrelated BSc in Nutrition. On return I found myself frustrated at the lack of content of nutrition, both from a theory and practical element. I wanted to change that and reached out to NNEdPro to get involved in some projects, from there I became increasingly involved in our NEPHELP project in the UK, then used my elective at the end of my degree to travel to India where my involvement there began.

What excites you most about working with NNEdPro?

I think for me its the people. When you first join NNEdPro it can be a little overwhelming how many awe inspiring people play roles in the group. However you soon find they all are so collaborative and want each other to succeed. The advice, mentor-ship and shared common goals really have been a key step in my career to date. Together it is exciting thinking of what we can achieve!

 

Matheus Abrantes

Senior Operations and Strategy Co-ordinator/Executive Assistant to the Chair

What’s your background in?

I have a BSc in Business Administration from University Paulista - UNIP in São Paulo, Brazil.

How did you get involved with NNEdPro?

I started working with NNEdPro in October 2018 as office support to the chair. Since then, there have been quite a few changes to my role that increased my involvement with the organisation and I became Senior Ops and Strategy Co-ordinador as well as providing executive support to the chair.

What excites you most about working with NNEdPro?

NNEdPro brings the opportunity of meeting people from all over the world in one place, and being someone that does not have a nutrition background makes me really impressed about the love people in NNEdPro share on the matter.