Alan Dangour MSc PhD RNutr


Alan Dangour's Background

Alan joined LSHTM in 2001 and is a Reader in Food and Nutrition for Global Health.  Alan is a 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 Dangour's Affiliation

Alan Dangour's Teaching

Alan teaches extensively on the MSc Nutrition for Global Health.

Alan led the team that recently delivered two open-access training modules:

Programming for Nutrition Outcomes funded by UK DFID;

Agriculture, Nutrition and Health funded by Irish Aid.

Alan Dangour's Research

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.

Research areas

  • Ageing
  • Agriculture
  • Clinical trials
  • Systematic reviews


  • Nutrition

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Chronic disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Mental health
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