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Dr Elaine Ferguson

BSc, PhD

Associate Professor

Room
138

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44(0)20 7958 8107

Elaine joined LSHTM in 2008 from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Her PhD, which focused on the zinc status of young children in Malawi and Ghana, was completed at the University of Guelph, Canada. She has an interest in and committment to strengthening nutrition programmes and research capacity in low income countries to improve maternal and child health. She has extensive research networks in Asia and sub-saharan Africa and links with the World Health Organization and the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA), FHI 360. She is on the technical advisory group of the International Dietary Data Expansion Project (INDDEX).

Affiliations

Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health

Teaching

Elaine co-ordinates and teaches in the term 3 module - Nutrition Programming Planning.  

Research

Elaine's research interests are in micronutrient nutrition, nutritional assessment methodology, mathematical applications in nutrition and nutrition programmes with a particular interest in food-based strategies to improve maternal and child nutrition and the intersection between agriculture and nutrition. 

Her past research focused on the aetiology of micronutrient malnutrition and the use of food-based strategies to improve micronutrient status. She co-led studies exploring factors associated with low micronutrient status in India, Malawi, Ghana and New Zealand.  in New Zealand, she co-led a randomised control trial investigating the efficacy of red meat versus a fortified milk for improving toddler micronutrient status.  

Elaine was involved with the WHO and FANTA in the development of a tool - Optifood - to inform nutrition programme planning and policy decisions.  Field trials were done in 10 countries in SE Asia, Latin America and Africa to inform strategic plans for agriculture-nutrition, food value chain and micronutrient intervention programmes. More recently she was involved in operations research to strengthen nutrition programmes in northern Nigeria, impact evaluations of nutrition programmes in Indonesia and inter-sectoral research with the Leverhulme Centre for Intergrative Research on Agriculture and Health to design nutrition sensitive interventions, for agricultural projects, in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.  Her current research projects focus on the development and validation of tools to measure women's activity levels, dietary diversity and the food environment in relation to nutrition. 

Research Area
Micronutrients
Evaluation
Impact evaluation
Mobile technologies
Implementation research
Modelling
Discipline
Nutrition
Disease and Health Conditions
Malnutrition
Country
Bangladesh
Ethiopia
Ghana
Guatemala
Indonesia
India
Kenya
Cambodia
Lao PDR
Malawi
Nigeria
Pakistan
Peru
Thailand
Tanzania
Uganda
Vietnam
Region
East Asia & Pacific (developing only)
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only)
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Women's empowerment in agriculture and child nutritional status in rural Nepal.
Cunningham, K.; Ploubidis, G.B.; Menon, P.; Ruel, M.; Kadiyala, S.; Uauy, R.; Ferguson, E.;
2015
Public Health Nutr
The use of linear programming to determine whether a formulated complementary food product can ensure adequate nutrients for 6- to 11-month-old Cambodian infants.
Skau, J.K. ; Bunthang, T. ; Chamnan, C. ; Wieringa, F.T. ; Dijkhuizen, M.A. ; Roos, N. ; Ferguson, E.L. ;
2014
Am J Clin Nutr
A probabilistic model to evaluate population dietary recommendations.
Chalabi, Z.; Ferguson, E.; Stanley, R.; Briend, A.;
2014
Br J Nutr
Concurrent micronutrient deficiencies are prevalent in nonpregnant rural and tribal women from central India
Menon, K.C.; Skeaff, S.A.; Thomson, C.D.; Gray, A.R.; Ferguson, E.L.; Zodpey, S.; Saraf, A.; Das, P.K.; Toteja, G.S.; Pandav, C.S.
2011
Nutrition
Breast-milk iodine concentration declines over the first 6 mo postpartum in iodine-deficient women.
Mulrine, H.M.; Skeaff, S.A.; Ferguson, E.L.; Gray, A.R.; Valeix, P.;
2010
Am J Clin Nutr
Food-based strategies improve iron status in toddlers: a randomized controlled trial12.
Szymlek-Gay, E.A.; Ferguson, E.L.; Heath, A.L.; Gray, A.R.; Gibson, R.S.;
2009
Am J Clin Nutr
Design of optimal food-based complementary feeding recommendations and identification of key "problem nutrients" using goal programming.
Ferguson, E.L.; Darmon, N.; Fahmida, U.; Fitriyanti, S.; Harper, T.B.; Premachandra, I.M.;
2006
J Nutr
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