Alan Dangour MSc PhD RNutr
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Alan joined LSHTM in 2001 and is a senior lecturer and Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) with a background in biochemistry and biological anthropology. From January 2012 Alan is seconded part-time to the Research and Evidence Division of the UK Department for International Development (DfID) as a Senior Research Fellow in nutrition. Alan is Head of the Nutrition Group at LSHTM.
Alan is Acting Course Director for MSc Nutrition for Global Health and teaches extensively on the Term 1 module Fundamental Public Health Nutrition and several other modules throughout the year. Alan leads the team that has delivered the DfID-funded open-access module Programming for Nutrition Outcomes and is designing an Irish Aid-funded open-access module on agriculture and health.
For the past 10 years, Alan's primary research focus has been nutrition in older age, and he has conducted a series of trials to determine the effectiveness of nutrition interventions for the maintenance of health and function in later life. Alan is the principal investigator of the OPAL study which is a randomised controlled trial designed to determine the effect of daily supplementation with n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids on cognitive and retinal function in older people, and of the OPEN study which is a randomised controlled trial designed to determine the effect of daily vitamin B12 supplementation on neurocognitive function in older people. He is a co-investigator in a cost-effectiveness evaluation of the national programme of nutritional supplementation in older people in Chile (CENEX-Chile), and worked on a project to defined the minimum income for healthy living in older people in the UK.
An increasing focus of Alan's research is the interaction between agriculture, nutrition and health and Alan is part of the inter-disciplinary team behind the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health. The Centre conducts inter-sectoral research on: poverty and development; globalisation and food quality; sustainability, environment and climate change; food-borne and zoonotic diseases; and common metrics for agricultural research and evaluation. Alan also led the team reviewing the available evidence on the nutrient composition and nutrition-related health benefits of organic foods, and conducted a landscape analysis on advocacy for undernutrition in Europe.
- Clinical trials
- Systematic reviews
Disease and Health Conditions
- Chronic disease
- Mental health
The effect of rising food prices on food consumption: systematic review with meta-regression.
Green, R. ; Cornelsen, L. ; Dangour, A.D. ; Turner, R. ; Shankar, B. ; Mazzocchi, M. ; Smith, R.D. ;
BMJ, 2013; 346:f3703
Interventions to improve water quality and supply, sanitation and hygiene practices, and their effects on the nutritional status of children.
Dangour, A.D. ; Watson, L. ; Cumming, O. ; Boisson, S. ; Che, Y. ; Velleman, Y. ; Cavill, S. ; Allen, E. ; Uauy, R. ;
Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 2013; 8:CD009382
Omega 3 fatty acid for the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia.
Sydenham, E. ; Dangour, A.D. ; Lim, W.S. ;
Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 2012; 6:CD005379
Effect of a nutrition supplement and physical activity program on pneumonia and walking capacity in chilean older people: a factorial cluster randomized trial.
Dangour, A.D. ; Albala, C. ; Allen, E. ; Grundy, E. ; Walker, D.G. ; Aedo, C. ; Sanchez, H. ; Fletcher, O. ; Elbourne, D. ; Uauy, R. ;
PLoS Med, 2011; 8(4):e1001023
Effect of 2-y n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation on cognitive function in older people: a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial.
Dangour, A.D.; Allen, E.; Elbourne, D.; Fasey, N.; Fletcher, A.E.; Hardy, P.; Holder, G.E.; Knight, R.; Letley, L.; Richards, M.; Uauy, R.;
Am J Clin Nutr, 2010; 91(6):1725-32
Health, agricultural, and economic effects of adoption of healthy diet recommendations.
Lock, K.; Smith, R.D.; Dangour, A.D.; Keogh-Brown, M.; Pigatto, G.; Hawkes, C.; Fisberg, R.M.; Chalabi, Z.;
Lancet, 2010; 376(9753):1699-709
Nutritional quality of organic foods: a systematic review.
Dangour, A.D.; Dodhia, S.K.; Hayter, A.; Allen, E.; Lock, K.; Uauy, R.;
Am J Clin Nutr, 2009; 90(3):680-5
Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: food and agriculture.
Friel, S.; Dangour, A.D.; Garnett, T.; Lock, K.; Chalabi, Z.; Roberts, I.; Butler, A.; Butler, C.D.; Waage, J.; McMichael, A.J.; Haines, A.;
Lancet, 2009; 374(9706):2016-25
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