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Scientific Committee



The Scientific Committee plays a key role in NTW's operations. Its members review all eligible proposals submitted to NTW. Only after a favourable recommendation by the Committee will the Board of Directors consider funding a research proposal.


The Committee members actively support the researchers with comments and/or literature. They directly strengthen the research capacity of the participating institutions, sometimes linking researchers who work in the same field. The quality of the research is thus enhanced. Over the years much useful advice has also been given to the Secretariat and the Board of Directors.


By the same token, the Scientific Committee's contribution offers a guarantee for the donors.


The present members of the Scientific Committee are fifteen internationally recognised personalities in the field of nutrition or allied disciplines, who provide their services on a voluntary basis.


Bernard Brabin
Professor of Tropical Paediatrics, Child and Reproductive Health Group, LiverpoolSchool of Tropical Medicine


Bart Criel
MD, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Policy and Financing Unit, Public Health Department at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp


Lena Davidsson
PhD, Head Nutrition and Health-related Environmental Studies Sector. IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency).


François Delange (in memoriam*)

André Huyghebaert
PhD, former Head of the Department of Food Technology and Nutrition, former Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ghent.


Annamarie Kruger
PhD, Research Co-ordinator AUTHeR. Faculty of Health Sciences, North WestUniversity of Potchefstroom (South Africa


Pierre Lefèvre
PhD, sociologist, scientific collaborator, Epidemiology and Disease Control Unit, Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine.


Richard Longhurst
PhD in Economics (thesis on nutrition in Nigeria), consulting expert with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and FAO, main author of the major report on nutrition in the third world prepared for the ICN – International Nutrition Conference – in 1992, formerly senior civil servant of the Commonwealth, now evaluation consultant.


Peter Mamiro
PhD, Food Scientist and Nutritionist, Researcher in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania.


Ruth Oniang'o
PhD, nutritionist, Professor at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND), Member of the Kenyan Parliament. Correspondent member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Overseas Sciences.


Leonor Pacheco Santos
PhD, nutritionist, formerly Professor at the Federal University of Bahia, Member of IVACG (International Vitamin A Consultative Group), now with the Federal Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger.


Wim Van Lerberghe
MD, PhD, Professor and formerly Head of the Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp; Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. 



* Dr. François Delange passed away on 15 June 2007. As professor of paediatrics at ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles), he combined clinical paediatrics and research on thyroid physiopathology, and was the author or co-author of 12 books and over 300 scientific publications. He was a member of the Board of ICCIDD (International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders) since 1986, the ICCIDD coordinator for Europe (1986-2001) and its Executive Director (1995-2001).


An internationally known specialist and consultant to WHO, IAEA, UNICEF, European Union, etc. professor Delange was a member of our Scientific Committee since its establishment, and he contributed immensely to the quality of NTW' sponsored research through his highly critical and demanding concern for excellence combined with a respectful and positive attitude towards young scientists in developing countries.


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