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Early Career Scientist Award

The British Nutrition Foundation Drummond Early Career Scientist Award is an annual scheme run by the British Nutrition Foundation to recognise early career excellence in nutrition science.


The Award is made possible through the British Nutrition Foundation's management of the Drummond Memorial Fund, established in memory of the work and contribution of Sir Jack Drummond.

The 2023 Early Career Scientist Award: Dr Helena Fisk

Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

Dr Fisk said “I am delighted to receive the 2023 BNF Drummond Early Career Scientist Award and am honoured to be recognised alongside so many talented and dedicated early career nutrition scientists. My research investigates inflammation and immunity with focus on obesity and aging, and immunomodulatory actions of nutrients. I aspire to continue to advance the understanding of inflammation in the development and progression of obesity and explore targeted nutritional strategies with the aim to reduce the risk of developing obesity associated chronic diseases. One of these strategies is modulation of inflammatory signalling by oxygenated lipids, an area of rapidly growing interest and importance in human health and the pathophysiology of several diseases.”

Previous winners

  • 2023
    • Winner Dr Helena Fisk, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton
    • Runners-up Rosie Cooper, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford & Dr Indira Paz-Graniel, Centre for Biomedical Research Network in Obesity and Nutrition, Madrid
  • 2021
    • Winner Dr Fiona Lavelle, Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast.
    • Runners-up Dr Aoife Caffrey, Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Ulster University & Dr Elena George, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University

You can read Dr Lavelle's review 'A critical review of children's culinary nutrition interventions, the methodologies used and their impact on dietary, psychosocial and wellbeing outcomes', which was published in Nutrition Bulletin.

  • 2020
    • Winner Dr Imre Kouw, Australian Catholic University
    • Runners-up Dr Taryn Smith, University of California, Davis & Dr Nanna Julie Olsen, The Parker Institute, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital in Denmark

You can read Dr Smith's review 'Infantile thiamine deficiency in South and Southeast Asia: An age-old problem needing new solutions', which was published in Nutrition Bulletin.


You can read Dr Olsen's review 'Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and metabolic markers in children – a narrative review of the evidence' which was published in Nutrition Bulletin.

  • 2019
    • Winner Dr Henrik Roager, University of Copenhagen
    • Runners-up Dr Elaine McCarthy, University College Cork & Dr Ruairi Robertson, Queen Mary University of London

You can read Dr Roager's review 'Diet-derived microbial metabolites in health and disease', which was published in Nutrition Bulletin


You can read Dr McCarthy's review 'The neonatal period: A missed opportunity for the prevention of iron deficiency and its associated neurological consequences?', which was published in Nutrition Bulletin.

  • 2018
    • Winner Dr Caoileann Murphy, University College Dublin
    • Runners-up Dr Jing Guo, University of Reading, Dr Fiona Malcomson, Newcastle University & Dr Keri McCrickerd, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences. 


You can read Dr Murphy's review 'Nutrition and physical activity countermeasures for sarcopenia: Time to get personal?', which was published in Nutrition Bulletin.


You can read Dr Guo's review 'Food fortification and biofortification as potential strategies for prevention of vitamin D deficiency', which was published in Nutrition Bulletin.


You can read Dr Malcolmson's review 'Mechanisms underlying the effects of nutrition, adiposity and physical activity on colorectal cancer risk', which was published in Nutrition Bulletin.


You can read Dr McCrickerd's review, 'Cultivating self-regulatory eating behaviours during childhood: The evidence and opportunities', which was published in Nutrition Bulletin.