Alan Dangour

MSc PhD RNutr


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Alan joined LSHTM in 2001 and is a Professor in Food and Nutrition for Global Health.  Alan is a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health) with a background in biochemistry and biological anthropology.  Since January 2012 Alan has been 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.


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


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; and,

Agriculture, Nutrition and Health funded by Irish Aid.


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. 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.

An increasing focus of Alan's research is the interaction between the environment, agriculture, nutrition and health and Alan is part of the inter-disciplinary team behind the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). 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. In partnership with other LCIRAH academics, Alan leads the intervention research pillar of the DFID-supported research consortium Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA).

Alan also leads Wellcome Trust-supported Our Planet, Our Health projects on sustainble and healthy diets in India, and on the impact of multiple environmental stressors on food and nutrition security.

Research Area
Climate change
Clinical trials
Public health
Systematic reviews
Global Health
Older people's health
Randomised controlled trials
Disease and Health Conditions
Chronic disease
Mental health
Non-communicable diseases
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Effects of vitamin B-12 supplementation on neurologic and cognitive function in older people: a randomized controlled trial.
Dangour, A.D. ; Allen, E. ; Clarke, R. ; Elbourne, D. ; Fletcher, A.E. ; Letley, L. ; Richards, M. ; Whyte, K. ; Uauy, R. ; Mills, K. ;
Am J Clin Nutr
The potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK through healthy and realistic dietary change
Green, R.; Milner, J.; Dangour, A.D.; Haines, A.; Chalabi, Z.; Markandya, A.; Spadaro, J.; Wilkinson, P.
Climatic Change
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. ;
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
Omega 3 fatty acid for the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia.
Sydenham, E. ; Dangour, A.D. ; Lim, W.S. ;
Cochrane Database Syst Rev
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
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
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
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