Let food be thy medicine.

Diet and nutrition for the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes.

  • Mon 9th Mar 2020

Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest global public health challenges, also placing a massive burden in the U.K. on people with diabetes, their families and the wider society. Urgent solutions are needed to help individuals with this condition as well as to prevent those at risk from developing it in the future. Dietary factors can play a pivotal role in the prevention, management and even the possible reversal of type 2 diabetes, but there is also a lot of confusion and noise out there, with conflicting dietary advice. This lecture aims to cut through this confusion to provide clarity.

Professor Nita Forouhi, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge

Professor Nita Forouhi is head of the Nutritional Epidemiology Programme and Professor of Population Health and Nutrition at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge.

Her research focuses on defining the link between diet, nutrition and the risk of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease, and in informing strategies for the prevention of these conditions nationally and globally. She has published more than 250 peer reviewed scientific articles and the contribution of her and her colleagues’ research to public impact and health policy was recognised with the Best Impact award by the University of Cambridge Clinical School as well as overall for the University of Cambridge in 2016. Nita is a member or adviser of several national and international committees related to health, Deputy Lead for the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre theme on Diet, Nutrition and Lifestyle, and a Trustee of the Public Health Genomics Foundation.

Nita trained as a physician in Newcastle and Edinburgh and as an epidemiologist with a Wellcome Fellowship at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She further also trained as a Public Health Physician in London and Cambridge. Nita is a keen educator for the wider public health impacts of chronic disease and enjoys teaching and training. She is also a passionate advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion in academia and serves as Equality Champion at the Clinical School and the University of Cambridge.

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