International Nutrition and Health

Our research focuses on nutrition and health in low-income settings.

Our vision is to contribute to improving the global, regional and local strategies for prevention and treatment of malnutrition in children living in poverty.

We conduct research among children with chronic and acute malnutrition and we investigate the associations between diet, nutrient intake, early child growth and development, and later health and risk of chronic diseases.

We participate in development of therapeutic foods, nutritional supplements and sustainable diets and focus our work on micronutrients, essential fatty acids and different sources and qualities of protein.

We investigate novel utilization of traditional food sources such as indigenous fish and edible insects, as well as renewed uses of processed dairy and plant-based protein.

We measure how these foods affect growth, body composition, cognitive and motor development, micronutrient status and markers of cardio-metabolic health. In addition, we examine if these foods affect gut function and gut microbiota, and how gut health impacts nutrition and health.

We conduct our research in collaboration with universities and other research institutions in Africa and Asia, as well as with international research collaborators and humanitarian organizations.

Our research includes inter-disciplinary health and food system approaches to provide sustainable solutions to alleviate child malnutrition. 

Our research contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly: Zero hunger (SDG2) and Ending Poverty (SDG1). Improving the health of children is also a contribution to Gender Equality (SDG5).

Members of research group

Name Title Phone E-mail
Afton Marina Szasz Halloran Guest Researcher +4535332656 E-mail
Benedikte Grenov Associate Professor +4520456654 E-mail
Bikila Soboka Megersa PhD Student   E-mail
Christian Mølgaard Head of Section +4535332516 E-mail
Gulshan Ara PhD Student   E-mail
Hannah Pesu Research Assistant +4535334410 E-mail
Henrik Friis Professor +4535333860 E-mail
Jack Ivor Lewis PhD Fellow +4535335314 E-mail
Jolly General Katebarirwe Kamugisha PhD Student   E-mail
Mette Frahm Olsen Associate Professor +4528340979 E-mail
Mulia Nurhasan PhD Student +4535331764 E-mail
Nanna Roos Associate Professor +4535332497 E-mail