The BNF Prize is awarded annually to a person or group for their outstanding achievement in an area of nutrition. The BNF Prize is awarded by BNF’s Council, based on a ballot of potential candidates nominated by Council.

The winner of the BNF Prize in 2016 was Professor Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health, Univeristy of Oxford.


Past winners of the BNF Prize

2016 Professor Susan Jebb

Professor of Diet and Population Health, Univeristy of Oxford

2015 Professor Philip Calder

Professor of Nutritional Immunology, University of Southampton

2014 Professor Keith Frayn

Emeritus Professor of Human Metabolism at the University of Oxford

2013 Professor David Barker CBE (accepted on his behalf by his daughter Dr Mary Barker)

2012 Professor Sean Strain

Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Food & Health (NICHE) at the University of Ulster

2011 Dr Ann Prentice

Director and Head of Nutrition and Bone Health Research at MRC Human Nutrition Research

2010 Professor Jeya Henry

Professor of Human Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University

2009 Professor John Blundell

Professor of PsychoBiology at the University of Leeds

2008 Professor Ricardo Uauy

Professor of Public Health Nutrition, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and INTA University of Chile

2007 Professor John Cummings

Emeritus Professor of Experimental Gastroenterology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School Dundee

2006 Professor Kay-Tee Khaw

Professor of Clinical Gerontology, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine

2005 Mrs Karen Barber

Campaigns Manager, Food and Drink Federation

2004 Professor Tom Kirkwood

Professor of Medicine, University of Newcastle

2003 Dr Christine Edwards

Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition, Glasgow University

2002 Professor John Mathers

Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of the Human Nutrition Research Centre, University of Newcastle

2001 Professor Christine Williams

Hugh Sinclair Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Reading

2000 Professor Michael Gibney

Professor of Nutrition and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin

1999 Professor Andrew Prentice

Head of the MRC International Nutrition Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

1998 Professor Alan Jackson

Professor of Nutrition, University of Southampton

1997 Dr Susan Fairweather-Tait

Diet & Health Group, Centre for Preventative Medicine, University of East Anglia

1995 Dr David Buss

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

1994 Dr Louise Davies

Gerontology Nutrition Unit, Queen Elizabeth College, University of London

1993 Professor JVGA Durnin

Emeritus Professor of Physiology, University of Glasgow

1992 Mr Nigel Hawkes

Science Editor, The Times

1991 Dr Elsie Widdowson

BNF Honorary President

1990 Dr Roger Whitehead

Director, MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit

1989 Professor David Southgate

Director, Institute of Food Research


BNF Annual Lecture

The BNF Annual Lecture is held on the BNF Annual Day, usually in November, with an invited audience that typically includes students from local universities. It is usually delivered by a previous winner of the BNF Prize.

Prof Sean Strain giving the annual lecture

Past Annual Lectures

2016 Professor Philip Calder, Omega-3: The good oil

2015 Professor Keith Frayn, Living with lipids: reflections of a fat physiologist

2014 Professor Ricardo Uauy, Reflections on Professor David Barker's Changing the Paradigm: Our health is shaped before conception and by early life events

2013 Professor Sean Strain, Eating fish for two 

2012 Dr Ann Prentice, Standing on the shoulders of giants: understanding calcium and vitamin D requirements

2011 Professor Jeya Henry, How much food does man require: new insights

John Blundell2010 Professor John Blundell, Interactions between physical activity and appetite control: can we reduce the energy gap?

2009 Professor Tom Sanders, The role of fat in the diet - quantity, quality and sustainability

2008 Professor J Cummings, Probiotics: better health from "good" bacteria?

2007 Professor K Khaw, Diet and Health: What Can We Learn From Population Studies?

2006 Professor S Blair, Physical Inactivity: A Major Public Health Problem

2005 Professor T Kirkwood, Nutrition for a Longer Life

2004 Professor S Bingham, What do people eat? Nutritional insights from molecular epidemiology

2003 Professor JC Mathers, Nutrition and epigenetics - how the genome learns from its experience

2002 Professor CM Williams, Chips with Everything? Nutritional genomics and the application of diet in disease prevention

2001 Professor M Gibney, On the Right to Eat Wrongly

2000 Professor A Prentice, The Fires of Life: the struggles of an ancient metabolism in a modern world

1999 Professor AA Jackson, All that glitters -Today’s challenges facing nutritional science

1998 Professor RS Pickard, The Food of the Gods - honey

1997 Professor RB Flavell, Challenges for Tomorrow’s Food from Today’s Science

1996 Professor Dame B Clayton, Nutrition Tasks: Achievements and Challenges for the Future

1995 Dr A Ganguly, Nutrition: From Molecules to Well-being

1994 Dr G Pascal, Food and Nutrition in a European Context

1993 Dr K Calman, The Health of the Nation: Nutritional Implications

1992 Sir F Riley, Beyond Two Ears of Corn

1991 Professor J Durant, Apple a Day? Public Understanding of Advice on Healthy Eating

1990 Professor J Waterlow, Malnourished Children: Problems and Controversies

1989 Professor N Kurti, Pleasures and Problems of Eating

1988 Professor JVGA Durnin, Nutritional Lessons from the Developing World

1987 Professor JRA Mitchell, Preventing Coronary Disease: The Myths and Realities

1986 Sir K Blaxter, Future Hunger?

1985 Miss J Marr, One Man and his Diet

1984 Professor I Macdonald, Nutrition in Balance: Fact and Fantasy

1983 Professor H Munro, Research on Nutrition and Ageing: The Challenge

1982 Dr E Widdowson, Age, Sex and Nutrition

1981 Professor Sir John Butterfield, A Policy for Clinical Nutrition

1980 Sir David Orr, Bridging the Nutrition Gap: The Role of the Food Processor

1979 Professor FM Clydesdale, Nutritional Fantasy

1978 Dr JS Garrow, Obesity: Is the Battle Worthwhile?

1976 Sir David Cuthbertson, Injury, Operation and Wound Healing: their Nutritional Implications

1975 Professor Sir Frank Young, The Nutrition of a Biochemist

1974 Dame H Chick, Studies of Rickets in Vienna 1919-1922

1973 Dr E Kodicek, The Story of Vitamin D: from Vitamin to Hormone

1972 Professor Sir Rudolf Peters, The Neglect of Nutrition and its Consequences

1971 Professor RA McCance, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow