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Published: 28 October 2019

Surrey academic receives award for excellence in scientific research

By Natasha Meredith

Dr Andrea Darling from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Surrey has been presented with The Professor Julie Wallace Award by The Nutrition Society. 

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This prestigious award recognises early stage scientific excellence in the field of nutrition and is a tribute to Dr Darling’s work assessing vitamin D status in South Asian populations. As part of her award Dr Darling delivered a presentation on her research to the Federation of European Nutrition Societies in Dublin, showcasing her expertise in the field.

This recognition further enhances an already fantastic year for Dr Darling, who in January 2019 was honoured with the Royal Osteoporosis Society Young Scientist Prize, the first ever nutritionist to be awarded this accolade.

A graduate from the University of Surrey BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics course and PhD programme, Dr Darling has been investigating the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in South Asian adults. She has discovered that this group is at a potentially increased risk of vitamin D deficiency due to a lack of exposure to sunshine and little vitamin D in their diet.

Dr Darling said: “I am delighted to have been awarded this prize. There is a growing body of evidence that shows that UK South Asians are severely deficient in vitamin D and I am proud that my research is helping to further this field.  Without adequate vitamin D status, our ability to live our lives to the fullest is severely impacted and to date there has been a lack of research into the vitamin D status of South Asian populations.”

Professor Sue Lanham-New, Head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Surrey, said: “I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Andrea for securing this prestigious award, the second she has received this year. It is a testament to all her hard work and expertise in this area.”

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