Head, Nutrition Theme
MRC Unit The Gambia at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Prof Andrew M Prentice, PhD, FMedSci
MRC Unit The Gambia @ LSHTM
Andrew Prentice is Professor of International Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He lives and works in rural Gambia where he leads the Nutrition Theme at the MRC Unit The Gambia @LSHTM. He was born and raised in Uganda and studied biochemistry and nutrition in the UK (BSc Leeds and PhD Cambridge).
After his initial post-doc studies in Gambia (1977-83) he returned to the UK to lead the MRC’s Energy Balance and Obesity Group at the Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital (1983-99). In 1999 he founded the MRC International Nutrition Group at LSHTM, assumed leadership of the MRC Keneba a rural Gambian fieldstation, and refocussed his research on global health.
Andrew’s research interests all fall under the overall umbrella of maternal and child health in low-income settings. His primary current interests are on the effect of parents’ preconceptional diet on the establishment of epigenetic patterning in the very early human embryo, and on iron, infection and anemia. He is a Google Scholar Highly-Cited Researcher with 420 peer-reviewed publications and an H-index of 112. The work of his research team has been recognised through several national and international awards. He was previously a Fellow of Darwin College Cambridge and was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has been a member of numerous international advisory bodies and is currently on the Professional Advisory Committee for HarvestPlus and on the Board of the Nestlé Nutrition Institute.