Prof Andrew Prentice
Nutrition Theme Leader, MRC Unit, The Gambia
Head, MRC International Nutrition Group
Address: MRC International Nutrition Group, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, UK
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7958 8125
Andrew Prentice founded the MRC International Nutrition Group at LSHTM in 1999. Born in Uganda, he studied in East Africa and the UK obtaining a BSc in Biochemistry followed by a PhD in Nutrition from Darwin College, Cambridge. He worked in the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit’s rural field station in Keneba, The Gambia from 1978-83. In 1983 he returned to the MRC Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre in Cambridge to become Head of Human Energy Metabolism where he specialised in studying the regulation of energy balance with a particular focus on obesity. In 1999 he became scientific director of the MRC Keneba fieldstation. With full integration of Keneba within MRCG in 2014 he assumed leadership of the Nutrition Programme.
His current research spans the 4 research areas of ING with special interest in iron and infection and the effect of peri-conceptional maternal nutrition on the offspring’s epigenome. He has been a member of numerous national and international advisory committees, and held senior posts in several academic associations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Discovery Expert Group. He currently chairs the Wellcome Trust’s Expert Review Group for Physiology in Health and Disease, the NIH/NICHD/Gates Research Review Group in Iron and Malaria, and the Strategic Oversight Committee of the American Society of Nutrition. His work has attracted several international awards, most recently the EV McCollum International Lecturer Award from the American Society of Nutrition 2010/11, and the IACON-SENC Award for Excellence in Nutrition Research and Cooperation 2014.