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Prof Marvin Reid to deliver GK Foundation Lecture

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 3:00 AM

The GraceKennedy Foundation will address the issue of nutrition in its upcoming annual lecture on Monday, March 14 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, starting at 5 p.m. This year's presenter is Professor Marvin Reid, former GraceKennedy scholar and director of Tropical Metabolism Research Unit. He is also a key player in the activities of the global and Caribbean networks of researchers on sickle cell disease and thalassemia.

"We're honoured to have Professor Reid, who received our 1983 GraceKennedy/Jamaica scholarship to study medicine," said executive director of the GraceKennedy Foundation, Caroline Mahfood. She continued, "In addition to his considerable work in nutrition, his lecture will force us to face and consider the choices we make daily about what we eat and the implications of those choices."

 

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According to Mahfood, "Understanding how to make the right dietary choices is vital because of the increasing health risks posed by making poor nutritional decisions. Obesity in children and adults is a major factor in the diagnoses of diabetes and hypertension, while undernourishment, particularly in children, resulting in stunting and the repercussions of these conditions, is also a major concern." She added that "although Professor Reid won't provide us with prescriptions, he will offer a number of recommendations for consideration about our daily diets".

Professor Reid has authored and/or co-authored some 121 peer-reviewed journal articles and one book chapter, as well as numerous other articles, abstracts, papers and technical reports. He has also supervised students at the master's and doctoral levels and has served as reviewer for a number of prestigious medical journals, including the West Indian Medical Journal.

He has received several awards for excellence in research.

The lecture is free of cost to the public. For those who cannot attend in person, the lecture will be streamed live via the GraceKennedy Cares YouTube page.