The Nevin S. Scrimshaw Prize

Updated: November 9, 2022

Dr Nevin S Scrimshaw Prize Winner

IUNS are pleased to announce, Dr Camila Corvalán, of Chile as the inaugural winner of the Dr Nevin S. Scrimshaw prize.

The prize is in the name of Dr Nevin S Scrimshaw who was a pioneer researcher, awarded the World Food Prize in 1991, he was also Institute Professor Emeritus and founder of the first Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and founder of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) journal.
His research was centered on finding solutions for malnutrition to treat undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies across nations.

IUNS is proud to count Dr Scrimshaw among our illustrious former council members. Dr Scrimshaw served from 1972 – 1975 as IUNS Vice–President and as the President of IUNS from 1978 – 1981. One of his passions was ensuring the constant improvement of public health and nutrition via mentoring the next generation of nutrition scientists. He believed in working to prevent what he called “brain drain”, or talent only being clustered around the major nutrition universities and institutes in high-income countries. IUNS hope to honour the work of Dr Scrimshaw by continuing to support the careers and development of mid-career nutrition scientists working in Latin America, Asia or Africa with this special prize.

Dr Corvalán was selected for this prize for making highly important contributions to scholarship and mentorship with direct policy and programmatic relevance for her home country of Chile, the Latin American region, and globally.

Dr Corvalán will be presenting a plenary lecture after the closing ceremony of the Congress, co-chaired by the President Elect, Dr Lynnette Neufeld, and the Chair of the Organizing Committee of 22nd IUNS-ICN, Prof Hisanori Kato.

About the Nevin S. Scrimshaw Prize

The Nevin S. Scrimshaw Prize honours a nutrition scientist who is 15 years or less past completing their highest degree for exceptional contributions to the field of nutrition.

Dr Scrimshaw’s career addressed nutritional challenges from laboratory to clinical research, to community nutrition and policy. The prize recipient shall represent one or several of these areas of research. Dr Scrimshaw emphasized mentoring and support for scientists in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In his honour, the recipient of the Nevin S. Scrimshaw Prize shall be from one of these regions and shall have worked in one of these regions. The prize recipient will be expected to present a plenary session lecture at the IUNS-ICN meeting where the recipient’s prize is awarded and to subsequently submit a paper based on the lecture for publication in The Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB). The prize will consist of financial support for congress registration, travel, lodging, and meals related to attendance at the IUNS-ICN meeting for the recipient, support for publication in the FNB, and a monetary award of $5000.

For information on how to nominate a prize winner and the full criteria:

Promotion Video

This video was created before
the COVID-19 pandemic.

The congress was then postponed to December 2022.