Lancashire academic signed up by Bill Gates’ foundation

Professor Nicola Lowe, a professor in nutritional science at the University of Central Lancashire, who has been invited by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to join a world-renowned group
Professor Nicola Lowe, a professor in nutritional science at the University of Central Lancashire, who has been invited by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to join a world-renowned group
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A leading academic from a Lancashire university has been invited to join a world-renowned group by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Professor Nicola Lowe, a professor in nutritional science at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), is set to become a member of the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group (IZiNCG).

Professor Lowe will sit alongside a handful of other internationally-recognised scientists with long-standing expertise in zinc nutrition.

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the IZiNCG aims to promote and assist efforts to reduce zinc deficiency worldwide, through advocacy efforts, education, and technical assistance. Professor Lowe holds a range of other advisory positions relating to zinc, and has also recently been invited to be a panel advisor for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, which selects overseas candidates for scholarships and fellowships tenable in the United Kingdom.

She said: “It’s an honour to be asked to join such a prestigious group.

“Zinc deficiency is something I feel incredibly strongly about and initiatives like the IZiNCG are crucial in raising awareness and effecting change.”

It’s an honour to be asked to join such a prestigious group.

Zinc is an essential nutrient for human health and, in spite of the proven benefits of adequate zinc nutrition, approximately two billion people still remain at risk of zinc deficiency.

The IZiNCG is a leading group on the world stage for expert technical and policy advice, and is linked to the delivery of the United Nation’s millennium development goals.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which invited Professor Lowe to join the group, was created by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and is the largest foundation in the world, driving initiatives in education, world health and community giving.