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The British Nutrition Foundation Prize

The British Nutrition Foundation Prize is awarded annually to a person for their outstanding achievement in an area of nutrition over a number of years


The winner is identified by BNF’s Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee and Scientific Committee, based on a ballot of potential candidates, who can be nominated by anyone.


Traditionally, the recipient of the Prize delivers our Annual Lecture the following the year.


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 BNF Prize winner: Professor Sir Michael Marmot CH

Professor at the UCL Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity

Professor Marmot was nominated for "his work to reduce health inequalities and for recognising that to tackle obesity, we will need to tackle the social determinants of obesity."

Previous winners

  • 2022 Professor Julie Lovegrove Professor of Human Nutrition and Director of the Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition, University of Reading
  • 2021 Dr Alison Tedstone Office of Health Improvement and Disparities
  • 2020 Professor Gary Frost Chair in Nutrition & Dietetics at Imperial College London
  • 2019 Professor Hilary Powers Professor Emerita of Nutritional Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield
  • 2018 Professor Sue Lanham-New Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Surrey.
  • 2017 Professor Ian MacDonald Professor of Metabolic Physiology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, 
  • 2016 Professor Susan Jebb Professor of Diet and Population Health, University 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