Project Information

Project Team: Coordination

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

·         Project Leader: Professor Martin McKee
Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health at the
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. He manages a large team of researchers studying the health effects of political transition in Europe and heads the WHO collaborating Centre on Health of Societies in Transition.

·         Scientific Coordinator: Dr Joceline Pomerleau
Joceline Pomerleau is a lecturer at the
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She completed her BSc and MSc in Nutrition at the Université de Montréal (Canada), and her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Western Ontario (Canada). She joined the LSHTM in 1995 to collaborate in investigating ethnic differences in health determinants. She then joined the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition in 1999. Her main research interest is in nutritional epidemiology, the lifestyle determinants of health in countries of the former Soviet Union, and the health aspects of low fruit and vegetable intake. She will be the Scientific Coordinator of the EURO-PREVOB project.

·         Administrative Coordinator: Pamela Harling
Pamela Harling has a first degree in Natural Sciences and qualifications in Ecology and Information Science. She has worked mainly on grants administration for environmental projects and was administrator for a 2.5 million euro Framework 5 Network of Excellence, coordinated by The University of Reading. She has also carried out financial reporting and project start up for European Commission funded projects at The Natural History Museum,
London and Queen Mary University, London.

·         Research Fellow: Dr Cécile Knai
Cécile Knai has a Master's degree in Public Health (Nutrition) from the
University of California, Berkeley. She worked for several years at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen mainly in food and nutrition policy. She has recently been awarded a PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine on a qualitative risk analysis of soft drink consumption as a risk factor for childhood obesity in Denmark and Latvia. Other projects include work on socioeconomic inequalities and obesity and on the promotion of fruit and vegetable consumption.

Project Team: Partners



Partner's representative(s)

Link to partner's website

Metropolitan University College (formerly SUHRS)


Dr Aileen Robertson

World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO)


Trudy Wijnhoven
Caroline Bollars

Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM)


Dr Nicole Darmon

Hacettepe University Department of Nutrition and Dietetics (HUBDB)


Dr Gülden Pekcan

South East Public Health Observatory (SEPHO)


Dr Harry Rutter

Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca per gli Alimenti e la Nutrizione (INRAN)


Dr Giuseppe Maiani

The Centre of Health Economics (formerly Public Health Agency)


Dr Iveta Pudule

Masaryk University (MU)

Czech Republic

Dr Zuzana Brazdova

Institute of Public Health of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (IPH-FBIH)

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dr Aida Hadziomeragic

Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia (IVZ RS)


Dr Mojca Gabrijelcic

Geneva Infant Feeding Association (GIFA)


Dr Lida Lhotska

University College London (UCL)


Dr Eric Brunner

University of East Anglia (UEA)


Professor Marc Suhrcke



Note: The original EURO-PREVOB Consortium also included the National Centre for Preventive Medicine (NCPM), Russian Federation, among its partners.


Aileen Robertson

Aileen Robertson is a lecturer at the SUHR'S University College, Copenhagen Denmark. She completed her BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She was Regional Adviser for Nutrition and Food Security at the WHO European Regional Office from 1995 to 2004.

Francesco Branca (lead scientist during Apr 2007-June 2008)

Francesco Branca is the Regional Advisor for Nutrition at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. Among other areas, he has been involved in the design, management and evaluation of public health nutrition programmes, at different steps of the project cycle, with the aim to develop evidence-based guidelines for nutrition actions, as well as in the design and implementation of several studies on the effects of food and nutrients on human health at the different stages of the life cycle.

Trudy Wijnhoven (lead scientist from July 2008)

Trudy Wijnhoven has been working since 1996 for the World Health Organization (WHO) at various duty stations, and currently is the technical officer, nutrition surveillance, at the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Her main responsibilities are: monitoring progress in Member States on improving nutrition and physical activity and preventing obesity in the WHO European Region; development and coordination of the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative; review the data on the nutritional status of children, adolescents and adults in the WHO European Region. She has a Bachelor's degree in Dietetics (Arnhem-Nijmegen University of Professional Education, Netherlands) and Master's degrees in Human Nutrition (Wageningen University, Netherlands) and Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK).

Marc Suhrcke

Marc Suhrcke is now working in the School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice at the University of East Anglia (UK). His previous professional experiences include the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre (Florence), the Hamburg Institute for International Economics, the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, European Commission, the Center for European Policy Studies (Brussels), and the University of Hamburg. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Hamburg. His main areas of research include the social and economic determinants and consequences of health, the economic implications of non-communicable disease, and the economic rationale for public policy intervention to combat chronic disease.

Nicole Darmon

Nicole Darmon is a Research Associate at INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research). In 1990, she obtained an Engineering Degree (Industrial Food Biochemistry) from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers and, in 1997, a PhD degree (PhysioPathology of Human Nutrition) from the University of Paris-VII Jussieu, in Paris, France. In 1998, she joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Unit of INSERM in Paris, where she conducted nutritional surveys in vulnerable populations, such as homeless and food-aid recipients. She has developed an innovative approach, based on linear programming, to studying the feasibility and the cost of nutritional recommendations. In 2005, she joined the INSERM Unit of Marseille, internationally recognized for its expertise in micronutrient nutrition, particularly phytomicronutrient and lipids, where she is developing new tools for increasing the quality of individual diets, based on diet optimization techniques and for evaluating the nutritional quality of individual foods, based on nutrient profiling approaches. Nicole Darmon has gained international recognition for her innovative work on the impact of economic constraints on food choices and diet quality. She is one of the few nutritionists in the world who has an in-depth understanding of the modelling procedures for diet optimization.

Gülden Pekcan

Gülden Pekcan is Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Hacettepe University, Turkey. She is the Head of Community Nutrition Division in Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has participated in and coordinated a number of national and international collaborative studies as a nutritionist. She acted as an expert consultant in the development of the National Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition, and is a member of several advisory and scientific committees and councils for national programmes on nutrition. Her main interests are; nutritional assessment, nutritional anthropometry, public health nutrition, and food and nutrition policies.

Harry Rutter

Harry Rutter is a consultant in public health medicine; he is director of the National Obesity Observatory (hosted by the South East Public Health Observatory); and an honorary senior clinical lecturer in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Oxford. He is a member of the Department of Health Expert Panel on obesity, and was on the management group of the Foresight obesities project. He sits on the steering committee of the European Health Enhancing Physical Activity network; and jointly led a WHO project on economic evaluation of environmental interventions promoting physical activity. He sits on the boards of the Milton Keynes South Midlands Architecture and Built Environment Centre and the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety. He has a broad interest in the relationships between all aspects of the built environment and health, in particular the health benefits of walking and cycling.

Giuseppe Maiani

Giuseppe Maiani, senior researcher, is the Director of the Unit of Human Nutrition at the National Institute for Food and Nutrition Research (INRAN), Rome, Italy. His research activities focus on the field of nutritional epidemiology and on the investigation of the mechanisms of intestinal absorption and the bioavailability of natural compounds that can act as antioxidants (carotenoids and flavonoids). His research includes analyses of the relationship between dietary habits and antioxidant status in humans and its subsequent impact on human health. He is also currently involved in national and international projects and acts as national delegate in the COST Action 926.

Iveta Pudule

Iveta Pudule has been working since 1997 in the Centre of Health Economics (formerly, Health Promotion State Agency and then the Public Health Agency). She graduated from the St Petersburg Medical Institute of Sanitation and Hygiene in 1982 and completed her MSc in Health Promotion at Bergen University, Norway, in 1996. She has been involved in several research projects as principal investigator, including: the WHO Nutrition Survey in Latvia in 1997, the Health Behavior Monitoring Surveys of Latvian Adult Population since 1998, the Health Behavior Study of School-aged Children (HBSC) - a cross-national research study conducted in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe since 2002, the WHO EUROHIS survey in Latvia in 2001-2002, the WHO Global Youth Tobacco survey in Latvia, the WHO World Health Survey in Latvia in 2002, NORBAGREEN 2002 study of consumption of vegetables, potatoes, fruit, bread and fish in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Zuzana Brazdova

Zuzana Brazdova is Professor of Preventive Medicine and Nutrition at Masaryk University, Czech Republic. She has participated in a number of national and international nutrition projects focusing on nutritional assessment, development of methods of assessment, children's nutrition in emergency, public health nutrition, and food and nutrition policy. Her special interest is in dietary guidelines background, design, implementation and evaluation.

Aida Filipovic Hadziomeragic

Aida Filipovic Hadziomeragic is Head of the Nutrition Unit of the Public Health Institute of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a lecturer at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Sarajevo. She is a medical doctor, a specialist in hygiene and nutrition, and is responsible for implementing and monitoring the impact of public health policies related to food and nutrition and physical activity. She has been involved in the preparation of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Food and Nutrition Action Plan. She is WHO national counterpart for nutrition..

Mojca Gabrijelcic

Mojca Gabrijelcic is Head of the Health Promotion Centre at the Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia. Her special interest are nutrition and health promotion, areas where she has been mostly involved in research and programme development, especially for children and adolescents. She also participated in the national nutrition policy development. She is WHO national counterpart for nutrition and a member of the Nutrition and Physical Activity Network of the EU. She was a member of the drafting group of the WHO Charter on Counteracting Obesity.

Lida Lhotska

Lida Lhotska, a Czech national, carried out her undergraduate and postgraduate studies (PhD in Applied Anthropology) at Charles University, in the Czech Republic. After her studies, she worked at the National Institute of Public Health, being responsible for nation-wide anthropological surveys of children and adolescents and was a team leader for the community-based component of a USAID-supported Multifactor Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program in the Czech Republic. She also lectured at the 3rd Medical School of Charles University on infant and young child feeding and applied physical anthropology. In the period 1994-2001 she worked as a Senior Advisor for UNICEF in New York (Infant Feeding and Care, Nutrition Section). Since 2001, she has been working for the Geneva Infant Feeding Association, a member of IBFAN, where she holds the position of Regional Coordinator for IBFAN Europe with the overall responsibility for IBFAN European network coordination. She works on two thematic areas: infant feeding in emergencies and HIV and infant feeding. In 2002-2004, she was a member of the EU project team that developed the Blueprint for Action on Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding in Europe, currently piloted in eight EU countries.

Eric Brunner

Eric Brunner is Reader in Epidemiology and Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London. He obtained his PhD in epidemiology on the Whitehall II study, a large cardiovascular cohort study (now in its twentieth year of follow-up) that focuses on the analysis of social inequalities in cardiovascular disease. He is a senior investigator, and heads the nutrition component of the study. He has published over 100 papers and contributed as author or editor to ten books, and is co-director of a Master's course in Health and Society: Social Epidemiology. He is an editor of the Cochrane Heart Group and has recently completed two systematic reviews, one on the effectiveness of individual dietary advice and another on population/community approaches to dietary change. A further recent paper demonstrates the importance of adequate physical activity as early as the fifth and sixth decades for maintaining physical functioning in retirement. He has contributed to several high-level policy processes, including the EU-sponsored EURODIET project and the Royal Society's review of the safety of genetically modified plants. His research is funded by the Department of Health, Medical Research Council, British Heart Foundation and World Cancer Research Fund. He is an honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.

Sharon Friel

Sharon Friel is a social and nutritional epidemiologist and has worked in the area of public health nutrition and inequalities in health since 1992. She is currently the Principal Research Fellow for the global Commission on Social Determinants of Health, based at the International Institute for Society and Health, University College London. She is also a Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, where she is currently working as a consultant to the World Cancer Research Fund diet and cancer policy report. Prior to this, she worked for many years in the Department of Health Promotion, National University of Ireland, Galway, as well as being Chair of the Irish Health Promotion Association for four years. Much of her work is concerned with the interface between research, policy and practice in matters relating to international and national level social determinants of inequalities in health, in particular those relating to diet. She has undertaken extensive research in the areas of social determinants of health inequalities, socio-environmental determinants of dietary habits, food poverty, obesity, population health surveillance and health promotion policy and practice.

Advisory Board

Dr Tim Lobstein

Director of the Childhood Obesity Programme, International Obesity TaskForce, London

Susanne Løgstrup

Director of the European Heart Network (EHN), Brussels

Professor Brian Martin

Swiss Federal Office of Sport FOSPO, Chairman of HEPA-Europe Steering Committee

Dr Francesca Racioppi

WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, Rome Division

Dr Liselotte Schäfer Elinder

Director of the Stockholm Centre for Public Health, Stockholm


EU logoEURO-PREVOB is an EU project funded under the FP6 Programme.