Blaxter Award

Blaxter Award

The Nutrition Society’s Blaxter Award is named after Sir Kenneth Blaxter FRS PRSE, who was a leading figure in the field of energy metabolism and animal nutrition during the second half of the last Century.  He was President of the Society from 1974 - 1977 and Director of the Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland, from 1965 - 1982.

The award will be awarded to scientists within the area of Whole Body Metabolism and Animal Nutrition

The 2021 awardee is Professor Ilias Kyriazakis FRCVS, FGAgA, Queen’s University Belfast.

Professor Ilias Kyriazakis has been awarded the Blaxter Award 2021 for his research on "Starving for nutrients: reconciling the paradox of anorexia during infection"

Ilias Kyriazakis is Professor of Animal Science at the Institute for Global Food Security of Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to this he has held Chairs at Edinburgh and Newcastle. He is a veterinarian by training who specialises in the effects of animal management on their performance, ability to cope with challenges, such as pathogens, and environmental impact. He has worked with a variety of animal species ranging from mice to cows, but during the last 15 years his research has focused mainly on pigs and poultry. His recent work addresses: 1) the effect on nutrition on the ability of animals to cope with pathogens; 2) the use of alternative and home-grown feeds in pig and poultry systems, and 3) the development of methods to assess the environmental impact of local and global pig and poultry systems, including the assessment of system changes on their environmental impact.

  • All scientists within the area of Whole Body Metabolism and Animal Nutrition are eligible to apply or be nominated for this Senior Award.
  • Candidates will have made a major contribution to either, or both, of these fields.
  • The Award is open to members of the Nutrition Society and to scientists in the UK and Ireland in closely allied fields who are not members.
  • There is no upper age limit. 

Both nominations and applications are invited and will be judged by a panel of distinguished senior nutritional scientists.

  • 2021 - Professor Ilias Kyriazakis FRCVS, FGAgA for his research on "Starving for nutrients: reconciling the paradox of anorexia during infection"
  • 2018 - Professor Keith N.Frayn, 'Turning over our fat stores: the key to metabolic health'

If you have any queries or would like to find out more, please contact the Society's Events Officer at [email protected]

How to apply

Candidates should submit:

  1. Nomination/Application Letter:  a one-page letter of nomination, or application,outlining the candidate’s case. 
  2. Curriculum Vitae:  a full CV including a detailed publication list and citations of the applicant’s work as well as any other relevant information.
  3. Key Publications:  copy (in pdf format) of five key publications

The nomination/application letter, CV and five key publications should preferably be submitted as a single PDF.