The prize for the best MSc in Human Nutrition project is awarded in name of Professor Geraldine McNeill, Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen.
Geraldine's interest in Nutrition was aroused during higher education in Medicine and Physical Anthropology at the Universities of Cambridge and Birmingham, UK, with a year as a volunteer with Save the Children Fund on a Mother and Child health and nutrition project in Burkina Faso, W. Africa while a medical student.
She undertook an MSc and PhD in Human Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, then moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, to establish a Human Nutrition Unit at the Rowett Research Institute.
Since then she has worked in nutrition research and training at the Rowett Institute and University of Aberdeen, focussing on dietary assessment and relationships between diet and health in cross sectional, longitudinal and intervention studies.
Geraldine is author of over 100 peer-reviewed papers (H index 30) and has supervised 16 PhD students to completion. From 1991-2000 she coordinated the MSc Human Nutrition and Metabolism prgramme at the University of Aberdeen and from 2008-14 led the Public Health Nutrition research group in the University. She has been a member of research ethics committees, journal editorial boards, research grant funding panels and government advisory committees. In 2014 she took early retirement but continues to work part time as an Emeritus professor.
The name of the student in receipt of the award from each academic year is listed below.
- 2015/16 - Stephanie Andraos
- 2014/15 - Hellen Okello
- 2013/14 - Vasiliki Konstantindi