Address: Department of Population Health, MRC International Nutrition Group, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT
Helen Nabwera joined ING in March 2012 as an MRC Career Development at MRC Keneba. Prior to this appointment she worked as a Specialist Registrar in Paediatrics in the West Midlands, UK. From 2008-2010 she was a visiting fellow at the KEMRI-Wellcome trust research unit in Kilifi, Kenya. Here she undertook an observational study to evaluate the nutritional status of HIV exposed and infected infants in an HIV clinic and related this to dietary intake. In addition she explored attitude, knowledge, practise and constraints to infant feeding recommendations amongst carers and health care workers.
Helen has a medical degree and BMedSci from the University of Nottingham, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Liverpool) and is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health UK. She is a final year PhD student at LSHTM. For her PhD she built on her knowledge and experience of rehabilitating malnourished children. She analysed and described the secular trends of growth faltering in the under 2’s in 3 villages in the West Kiang region of The Gambia. She also evaluated the changes in energy regulating hormones during nutritional rehabilitation and using mixed methodology explored the psychosocial factors associated with severe wasting in infants in this region. She is now back in the West Midlands, UK completing her clinical training whilst writing up her PhD thesis.