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Inga Thorsdottir; Ph.D., M.S., B.S., RD, RN

Dr. Thorsdottir is a Professor in Human Nutrition and Director of the Department of Clinical Nutrition (Landspitali-University Hospital) and Head of the Unit for Nutrition Research (Landspitali-University Hospital and University of Iceland). She is Chairman of the Icelandic Nutritional Council, which serves as an expert group for the Icelandic Public Health Institute. She is also currently (2009) Dean of the Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland. Her areas of expertise are mostly in nutrition of Icelandic mothers and infants, school children and also the elderly. She has studied effects of fish consumption and the Icelandic cow milk and health. Dr. Thorsdottir's professional experience has included development of special fortified milk product for children from 6 months up to 2 years old, and implementation of public health and experimental interventions in children. She has co-ordinated and participated in a number of international research and development projects, especially in Nordic and European projects. Dr. Thorsdottir serves as an active member on several professional societies including the steering committee of the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations, where she chairs the expert group working on Pediatric Nutrition and she has been an expert for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Dr. Thorsdottir holds a Ph.D. degree in Medical Science ( in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, a M.S. degree in dietetics from the same University, and a B.S. degree in Nursing from the University of Iceland. Her Ph.D. research focused on dietary effects on glycemic response and gastric emptying in man. Professor Inga Thorsdottir is one of the 10 most successful scientific authors in Iceland and the only woman in that group (Dr. B. Thjodleifsson lecture, Læknadagar), now creating approximately 15 scientific publications a year in ISI-journals.


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