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Director of Institute of Human Nutrition awarded CBE

Published: 
13 June 2005

Professor Alan Jackson, Director of the University of Southampton's Institute of Human Nutrition, has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours. He has been recognised for his services to public health and nutrition.

Professor Jackson is one of the country's most pre-eminent nutritionists. He is Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Southampton and became the Director of the University's Institute for Human Nutrition when it was established in 1995. The Institute celebrates its tenth anniversary next month.

The University was the first in the UK to create a professorial appointment in an undergraduate medical school with responsibility for educating doctors and other health workers about nutrition.

Alan Jackson is Chair of the Government's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition which reports to the Food Standards Agency and the Department of Health on food and nutrition related issues. He is also a member of the European Food Safety Authority's committee looking at dietetic products, nutrition and allergies.

He is a senior adviser to the World Health Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Committee of the United Nations. Working with the Nutrition Society, he has also taken a lead role in developing public health nutrition for dealing with population level nutritional considerations.

Professor Jackson commented: "I am delighted to receive this honour. It represents an acknowledgement of the role that the development in human nutrition is playing in promoting health and preventing disease, and the training within the health workforce that can really make a difference to people's lives."

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