Professor Nicola Lowe
Professor of Nutritional Sciences
School of Sport and Health Sciences
Nicola is the Director of our Research Centre for Global Development. She is an expert in the field of international nutrition, with a particular focus on micronutrient requirements and metabolism. The overarching aim of her research is to explore sustainable solutions to global malnutrition. Nicola supervises postgraduate degree students in the field of nutrition and food security.
Nicola leads a successful research team, that has received funding from The World Health Organisation, Wellcome Trust, British Council, European Commission and UK Research and Innovation, Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI/GCRF) programme. She seconded (0.5 FTE) to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as the Food Systems Portfolio lead for the Global Challenges Research Fund from 2018 - 2021. A short film of her research addressing micronutrient deficiencies in Pakistan can be viewed here.
Nicola is currently a Professor of Nutritional Sciences at UCLan. She is an experienced lecturer as well as a distinguished researcher in her field. She is a Fellow of the Association for Nutrition and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an adviser to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and has served as a member of the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group (IZiNCG). Nicola is the Research Director on the Board of Trustees for the Abaseen Foundation UK. This Lancashire based charity is working alongside community members in rural villages in North West Pakistan, to improve education, nutritional status and health care provision. Within this role, Nicola, along with the other members of the Board of Trustees, received the Queens Award (MBE) for Voluntary Service in 2017.
- Post graduate certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University of Central Lancashire, 2005
- Ph.D.Nutritional Biochemistry, University of Liverpool 1991
- BSc (Joint Honours), Biochemistry/Applied Zoology.University College of North Wales, Bangor 1987
- Educate North, Research Project of the year 2022
- Queens Award (MBE) for Voluntary Service, 2017
- THE International Collaboration of the year award, 2010
- THE Outstanding Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative, 2010
- Global Food systems, Equitable partnerships in research, capacity building for international research
- Editor for Nutrients journal
- Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Khyber Medical University, Pakistan
- Association for Nutrition Fellowship Award Committee
- Adviser to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
Nicola is the Director of the UCLan Research Centre for Global Development (C4Globe) She leads the global nutrition research team and is Principle Investigator for a large, trans-disciplinary research programme entitled BIZIFED (Biofortification for the elimination of zinc and iron deficiency). This research brings together a network of collaborators from the UK (University of Nottingham, Kings College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, British Geological Survey, and Pakistan (Khyber Medical University, the Rehman Medical Institute, University of Peshawar) and NGOs including Abaseen Foundation, UPSIGN and international not-for- profit organisations including HarvestPlus. The overarching aim of Nicola’s research programme is to build equitable partnerships with communities, stakeholders, academics and government bodies to address the global challenge of malnutrition, specifically micronutrient deficiencies known as “Hidden Hunger” that affects over 2 billion individuals worldwide. Nicola has been working with partners in Pakistan for over 15 years and has established a strong network of researchers in the Nutrition field. The network extends to Europe where Nicola was part of the EC funded EURECCA network, creating a tool kit for the harmonisation of dietary micronutrient recommendations. Nicola also led the EC funded Collaboration in Science and Technology Action network “ZincNet” that brought together scientists from 28 European institutions to bring their collective expertise to increase the understanding of the role of zinc in human health. Her research collaborations also include to the USA where she has contributed to the work of the IZINCG group whose primary objectives are to promote and assist efforts to reduce global zinc deficiency, with particular emphasis on the most vulnerable populations of low-income countries. She is currently working with the World Health Organisation to update the current dietary zinc recommendations for infants and children. Nicola seconded to the UK Research and Innovation, Global Challenges Research Fund as a Challenge Leader for the Food Systems Portfolio from 2018 - 2021, providing strong, intellectual and strategic leadership for the food systems research portfolio. She works to strengthen coordination across multiple delivery partners both within and external to UKRI. In 2010, Nicola’s research won the Education North research project of the year award in 2022 and the Time Higher Education British Council International Collaboration award and in 2019. Nicola, along with the other Trustees for the Abaseen Foundation, was awarded the Queens Award (MBE) for Voluntary Service.
International conference, attended by the Prime Minister of Pakistan
Professor Nicola Lowe had the opportunity of meeting with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, when she co-hosted an international workshop in Islamabad in March 2020 with colleagues from UPSIGN. The workshop, supported by UKRI as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund, brought together researchers from the UK and Pakistan to develop new collaborations for research addressing the UN Sustainable development goals. The Prime Minister, who is working to address the nutrition related challenges in Pakistan, was interested to hear about the BIZIFED project and our ground breaking research on the effectiveness of wheat biofortification for the alleviation of zinc deficiency. A dinner for the workshop attendees was also held at the Presidents Palace, and hosted by the President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi. View full article.
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- Global Nutrition
- UCLan Research Centre for Global Development (C4Globe)
- Transdisciplinary Health Research for Thriving in the Early Years (THRIVE)
- Biofortification as a sustainable strategy for alleviating micronutrient deficiencies in low and middle income countries
- Application of The Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings
- Developing nutrition and social interventions to reduce the prevalence of small for gestational age babies
- Factors influencing food security in Nigeria and Pakistan
- UKRI/GCRF/BBSRC. “Biofortification with zinc and iron to alleviate deficiency in Pakistan, £1.9M, 2019
- UKRI/GCRF/BBSRC, Foundation award “Examining the effectiveness and acceptability of the use of bio-fortified crops in alleviating micronutrient deficiencies in Pakistan, £300,000, 2017
- European Commission COST Action TD1304. Zinc-Net. €500,000, 2013
- UKRI/UPSIGN Global Challenge Workshops, 2020
- International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans Conference, 2019
- Federation of European Nutrition Societies Conference, 2019
- key note speaker for Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetics Society, 2019