Professor Julie Lovegrove formally begins her term as Society President

The Presidential handover

Congratulations to Professor Julie Lovegrove, who formally commenced her term of office as President of the Nutrition Society at yesterday’s Annual Charity Meeting.

Professor Lovegrove is Hugh Sinclair Professor of Human Nutrition, Director of the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at the University of Reading. A Registered Nutritionist with over 30 years of research experience in studying the role of nutrition on cardiovascular diseases, Professor Lovegrove’s research focuses on the metabolic impact of dietary fats, plant phytochemicals, nutrient-gene interactions and personalised nutrition. Her work, which includes over 280 scientific publications, has made a major contribution to establishing the relevance of dietary fat quality in the development and prevention of cardiometabolic diseases. 

Professor Lovegrove also serves on a number of external committees, including the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition (SACN), with previous posts including serving as Deputy Chair for the Association for Nutrition (AfN) Council (2016-2019), and Chair of the AfN Accreditation Committee (2011-2019). She was awarded Fellow of the AfN in 2014.

Speaking about her appointment Professor Lovegrove said “I am privileged to be offered the opportunity to work with our excellent Trustees and Advisories and the outstanding CEO and Nutrition Society staff to further advance the Society’s activities to advance nutritional science and its application to promote human and animal health research. My aim is to continue the excellent work of the society and uphold its long history of excellent achievements.

I have been a member of the Nutrition Society since I was a PhD student, 30 years ago, and have been an enthusiastic, active member ever since. The conferences are important events in my diary and I have attended every Summer Meeting except two, which coincided with maternity leave for my two children.

My aspirations are to create further opportunities for students and early career researchers to engage with the Society, and to help secure future investment and growth in nutrition as a major discipline. I also wish to continue our increasing relationship with the medical profession, to further extend the reach of the Society into the international arena, and to work more closely with other organisations, with the aim of achieving a common voice in evidence-based nutritional science.”

The Society would also like to sincerely thank Professor Philip Calder, the outgoing President, for his work and commitment to the Society over the past three years.

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