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HRH Princess Anne presents Professor Susan Jebb and Dr Carmen Piernas with British Nutrition Foundation awards

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The British Nutrition Foundation Prize for outstanding achievement in nutrition was presented this week to Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health in Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, who leads CLAHRC Oxford's 'Behaviour change: diet and obesity' research theme.

The annual prize, decided by the BNF’s Council, was presented to Professor Jebb by BNF Patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, at the BNF Annual Day in London. Susan Jebb said:

"I am delighted to receive this award which follows in the footsteps of so many nutrition scientists whose work has been so inspirational to the field."

Dr Carmen Piernas, a Research Fellow in the department, was awarded a BNF Drummond Pump Priming award at the event. The £5,000 award is designed to help newly-appointed university lecturers and research fellows in human nutrition to undertake pilot projects.

Dr Piernas’ project for CLAHRC Oxford seeks to investigate if individualised feedback – such as healthier alternatives – on people's food purchases can help them to reduce their saturated fat intake and prevent cardiovascular disease. Commenting on the award, Dr Piernas said:

“This funding from the BNF Drummond Pump Priming Award, for which I am most grateful, will support me in obtaining significant preliminary data which will shape my plans for obtaining competitive funding to develop scalable interventions to support dietary changes for the prevention of obesity and cardiovascular disease."

More information about Dr Piernas’ project can be found here.