In 2010 the British Nutrition Foundation's Council elected Professor Alan Shenkin as BNF's new Honorary President. Professor Shenkin has been the Scientific Vice President at BNF since 2005. He studied medicine in Glasgow and became a Consultant in Clinical Biochemistry at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1978, a post he held until 1990. He then moved to Liverpool as Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Chemistry and was also appointed Honorary Consultant Chemical Pathologist at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals. Since 2007 he has been an Emeritus Professor at the University of Liverpool. He is married with 3 children and 8 grandchildren.
Professor Shenkin has had a longstanding association with various nutritional organisations, most notably the Medical Royal Colleges Intercollegiate Group on Nutrition and the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. His research interests have focussed on vitamins and trace elements in health and disease, and the use of laboratory tests in assessing nutritional status.
Professor Shenkin commented: " I am honoured to be appointed Honorary President of BNF. The Foundation plays a very important role in providing impartial nutritional advice to various individuals and organisations, and excellent teaching resources to schools. I look forward to assisting BNF in its various activities"