Adair awarded ASN’s Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition Research

Feb. 26, 2014

Dr. Linda Adair

Dr. Linda Adair

Linda Adair, PhD, nutrition professor at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the American Society of Nutrition’s Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition Research.

The award, sponsored by the Kellogg Company, is given to a member of ASN’s International Nutrition Council who is actively engaged in research to benefit populations in non-industrialized countries and in training new scientists for international nutrition research.

A UNC faculty member since 1988, Adair is a fellow at UNC’s Carolina Population Center and serves as director of the Nutrition Epidemiology Division of the Gillings School’s Department of Nutrition. Her work focuses on determinants of obesity in infancy and adolescence, effects of maternal nutrition during pregnancy and infant birth outcomes on later development of chronic disease risk factors, and women’s nutrition and reproduction.

She has served as principal investigator for the Cebu (Philippines) Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey since 1991 and is part of the COHORTS (Consortium for Health Orientated Research in Transitional Societies) research team, which unites studies from Brazil, India, Guatemala, South Africa and the Philippines.  She is also involved with maternal and child health-related research projects in China, South Africa, Rwanda and Malawi, and has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in biomedical journals.

“Linda epitomizes the reputation that we seek to keep as a leading nutrition department,” said Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor and department chair. “She is teacher and division director on the academic side, and a renowned researcher on the scientific side.  She is most deserving of this recognition from ASN for her dedicated efforts in Malawi, The Philippines, South Africa and everywhere that her work impacts the health of those most in need of intervention.  We are very proud of Linda and her accomplishments and thrilled she is a part of the Gillings School team.”

Adair will present the Kellogg Lecture at the Global Nutrition Council business meeting during the Experimental Biology annual meeting in April.


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Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu.