As part of the celebration of the Foundation's 45th anniversary our Governors agreed that a special Lifetime Achievement Award would be given to mark this occasion – the award celebrates a sustained and substantial contribution to nutrition. The winner of the award is Professor Martin Wiseman.
Professor Wiseman started his career in medicine as a diabetologist and from 1986 until 1999 he was Head of the Nutrition Unit at the Department of Health, where he had responsibility for health aspects of Government policy on nutrition, and provided the medical secretariat to the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy (COMA). Here he made a substantial contribution overseeing the development of new Dietary Reference Values (DRVs), which were influential in the adoption of similar reference values in the EU and USA. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the National Dietary and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) programme and in setting up the Health Survey for England, in particular its nutritional aspects. In the early 1990s, he also oversaw the scientific aspects of the Nutrition Task Force, part of the Governments Health of the Nation strategy, which has left a legacy of activities, such as training for medical students and other health professionals in nutrition, and resources including The eatwell plate.
Professor Wiseman continues his diabetes work and is a Visiting Professor at Southampton University as well as Medical and Scientific Adviser with the World Cancer Research Fund. For the latter he was project director for the 2007 expert report Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective, and its 2009 companion report Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention. Martin is also a BNF Trustee and Chairman of our Scientific Advisory Committee.