April 10, 2014
Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta receives award for outstanding contribution in nutrition research
Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, has been selected by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as the recipient of the prestigious Samuel J. Fomon Nutrition Award. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in research relating to the nutrition of infants and children.
This is the fourth time that a SickKids researcher has received the award since its inception in 1944. Bhutta joins the ranks of previous SickKids recipients including Drs. Stanley Zlotkin (2009), Paul Pencharz (2002), Tibor Heim (1985), and J. Richard Hamilton (1983).
“I am thrilled to follow in the wake of other child-nutrition pioneers,” said Bhutta “I would like to thank my peers and students for their continued support over the years. It’s an honour and a privilege to have been a part of the many global initiatives working to advance maternal and childhood nutrition and policy.”
Bhutta leads several efforts at SickKids in global child health including a knowledge synthesis and translation platform focused on key areas of adolescent nutrition; nutrition in relation to early childhood development; fortification; and nutrition in pregnancy. He is also spearheading the development of a free e-learning course in global child health and maternal and child nutrition.
Bhutta holds a unique joint appointment with Aga Khan University where he is the Founding Director of the Centre for Excellence in Women and Child Health. This is the first time this prestigious award has been awarded to a recipient from outside of North America.
As a leading voice for integrated maternal, newborn and child health, Bhutta is world renowned for his work in newborn and child survival and leads a large research team focused on developing and implementing evidence-based interventions. He has served as a member of the Global Advisory Committee for Health Research for the World Health Organization and was a founding board member of the Global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH). He serves on several international editorial boards and is currently a member of the WHO Strategic Advisory Committee for Vaccines (SAGE), the co-chair of WHO EMRO Committee for Maternal and Child Health. and a member of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Expert Review Group for monitoring the Millennium Development Goals for Maternal & Child Health.
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