Landmark Report Sets Priorities to Address Malnutrition

More than 50 nutrition experts from six continents, along with leading NGOs/IGOs, universities, and the World Health Organization, collaborated for two years to produce this groundbreaking report led by The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences.

Published September 19, 2013

NEW YORK, September 19, 2013—With nearly two billion people suffering from malnutrition across the planet, scientists and public health experts came together under an unprecedented alliance spearheaded by The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences to create A Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science to identify the most critical knowledge gaps in the field of nutrition. The report supports the ongoing effort to accelerate global commitment, cooperative work, and funding to uncover and implement scientific and evidence-based solutions to malnutrition.

This Agenda offers a portrayal of the current state of knowledge in the field of nutrition, and critical gaps in evidence that need to be urgently filled in order to maximize resources and develop solutions for the various aspects of the global problem of malnutrition.

Specifically, this Agenda calls for concerted and coordinated research on:

  • environmental and societal trends affecting food and nutrition;
  • unresolved issues of nutrition in the lifecycle; and
  • delivery of intervention and operational gaps.

 

"Nutrition is integral to some of the most severe global challenges of our time. The shrewd application of science to understanding the complexities of human nutrition helps establish the maps that guide us as we move forward," says Dr. Mandana Arabi, founding executive director of The Sackler Institute. "With billions of dollars in new funding recently committed during the pre-G8 'Nutrition for Growth' event, there is a strong need for high-level, coordinated, and collaborative research to provide the evidence base for country-level program implementation. By identifying and filling research gaps and then applying this knowledge to create evidence-based interventions, the global nutrition science community can ensure that available funds are used efficiently and effectively, thereby achieving real and lasting impact."

For more information on the global research agenda and to read the full report, visit www.nutritionresearchagenda.org.

Special Media Invite

Members of the media are invited to attend the "Call to Action" cocktail hour on September 26th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the New York Academy of Sciences to network with stakeholders involved in the activation of the Global Research Agenda for Nutrition Science and to learn more about the Agenda.

Dr. Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet medical journal, and Dr. Robert Black, director for the Institute of International Programs and the Edgar Berman Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health, will be presenting short talks during the event.

RSVPs are required. Contact Diana Friedman at dfriedman@nyas.org or 212-298-8645.

 

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About The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science
The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science is dedicated to advancing nutrition science research and knowledge, mobilizing communities, and translating this work into the field. The Institute is generating a coordinated network across sectors, disciplines, and geographies that promotes open communication; encourages exchange of information and resources; nurtures the next generation of scientists; and affects community intervention design and public policy changes. Visit www.nyas.org/nutrition for more information.

 


 

About the New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that since 1817 has been committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide. With 25,000 members in 140 countries, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. The Academy's core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. Please visit us online at www.nyas.org.