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Blizard researcher recognised for early career excellence in nutrition science

Dr Ruairi Robertson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Genomics and Child Heath at the Blizard Institute, has been recognised by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) for his work on how different nutrients affect the gut microbiota in early life and the subsequent effects on child health and disease, particularly child growth.

Dr Ruairi Robertson, Centre for Genomics and Child Health, Blizard Institute

Dr Ruairi Robertson, Centre for Genomics and Child Health, Blizard Institute

Dr Robertson was awarded runner up in the BNF Drummond Early Career Scientist Award 2019. Applicants are judged on their contributions to nutrition science to date, their potential to become future leaders in the field, and the scientific merit and clarity of communication in their work.

Dr Robertson said: "I am delighted that my research has been awarded by the British Nutrition Foundation for the Early Career Scientist Award. It is great to see that the gut microbiome is being recognised as an integral facet of nutrition research. Through our research in the Blizard and in partnering institutions in Zimbabwe and Zambia, we are continuing to examine how the infant gut microbiome interacts with early-life nutrition to regulate growth and development."

Sara Stanner, BNF’s Science Director, said: “We are delighted to celebrate, once again, the nutrition scientists making a true impact within their fields, so early in their careers … We look forward to welcoming this year’s winners to the BNF’s Annual Day in London in November for the prize giving ceremony; they have also each been offered the opportunity to submit a mini-review paper for publication in a special ‘BNF Drummond Early Career Scientist Award’ section of the December edition of BNF’s Nutrition Bulletin.”

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Find out more about the Centre for Genomics and Child Health at the Blizard Institute.



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