Hans Verhoef

hans verhoefSenior Lecturer

Address (UK): MRC International Nutrition Group, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, UK

Address (Netherlands): Wageningen University, Cell Biology and Immunology Group, P.O. Box 338, 6700 AH Wageningen, The Netherlands

Tel: + 31 6 83252225 or + 31 317 482729

 

Background

Hans Verhoef trained in The Netherlands as a clinical epidemiologist, nutritionist and entomologist. He started his career working for WHO as a medical entomologist in the Solomon Islands to assist in the nation-wide control of malaria (1988-91), and at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to develop research projects and policies on the links between agriculture, water use and vector-borne diseases, particularly in West Africa (1991-94). He conducted research on nutrition and malaria in Kenya (1995-2001) and Tanzania (2004-2009). His employment with LSHTM started in 2008. In 2009 he returned to The Netherlands and is based at Wageningen University in the Cell Biology and Immunology Group.

Research

His research is mostly driven to support policies and programmes to alleviate micronutrient malnutrition and malaria in developing countries, and is currently done in collaboration with colleagues in Kenya and The Netherlands. Because of concerns about the safety of iron interventions in malaria-endemic areas, he is conducting a randomised controlled trial to assess the effect of antenatal iron supplementation on Plasmodium infection in parturient women. He is also conducting a trial in young children to assess the effect on vitamin A status of consuming provitamin A-rich cassava, and hopes that this work will lead to widespread distribution of genetically improved cassava varieties that farmers can grow indefinitely, without financial inputs, as a source of vitamin A. He is also conducting a randomised trial on the integration of home fortification with iron adn intermittent preventive treatment against malaria in Kenyan pre-school children.

Teaching

MSc Nutrition for Global Health at LSHTM.

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