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Professor Rosalind Gibson

MS(Calif) BSc PhD (London) FRSNZ

Ros Gibson
Tel: 64 3 479 7955
Room: UC G26
Email:rosalind.gibson@otago.ac.nz

Professor Gibson conducts research in low income countries on the assessment and functional health outcomes of micronutrient deficiencies in “at risk’ population groups. She is particularly interested in food-based strategies for combating micronutrient malnutrition.

Professor Rosalind Gibson is a research professor in the Department of Human Nutrition. She has an MS PH (Nutrition) from the School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, USA and a PhD in Nutrition from the University of London, UK.

Rosalind has had a life-long interest in international nutrition, initially working in the Ethio-Swedish Children’s Nutrition Unit in Ethiopia, and subsequently in collaborative research studies on micronutrients in Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, and Ethiopia as well as Thailand, Mongolia and more recently Cambodia, and NE Brazil. Before joining the University of Otago, she was a faculty member in the Division of Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph.

Professor Gibson's current research is based around the aetiology and functional health consequences of iron and zinc deficiency in high risk population groups in low income countries; and food-based strategies to enhance the content and bioavailability of micronutrients in plant-based diets in low income countries and their impact on growth and development.

Professor Gibson is a member of the International Zinc Nutrition Collaborative Group (IZiNCG), a fellow of the American Society of Nutrition, and a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. She is the author of a standard reference text, Principles of Nutritional Assessment and regularly teaches short courses on this topic in Ethiopia, Thailand, and Indonesia. She is currently co-Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nutrition in the Western Pacific Region in the department.


Rosalind teaches in a number of the undergraduate and graduate papers, mostly in the areas of dietary assessment, biochemical assessment, laboratory assessment, development of screening tools for assessing nutritional status, and assessment of zinc status

She also teaches Nutritional Assessment short courses to:
MSc students in Applied Nutrition, Hawassa University, S Ethiopia
MSc students in SEAMEO-TR0PMED, University of Indonesia, Jakarta
Regional course in Dietary Assessment hosted by Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand

Current postgraduate students

Masters of Dietetics

Megan Chang. Phytate and zinc intakes of New Zealand toddlers (individual foods).

Catherine Luey. Phytate and zinc intakes of New Zealand toddlers (mixed dishes).

Nicola Hartley. A web-based dietary assessment method for exploring zinc bioavailability.

Recent Graduates

PhD

Rebecca Lander. Nutritional status of disadvantaged preschool children attending daycares in Salvador, Northeast Brazil: a cross-sectional study. 2012.

Susan Jack. Effect of micronutrient sprinkles on reducing anaemia: a cluster randomized effectiveness trial in Cambodia. 2012.

Ewa Szymlek-Gay. Optimising iron status in toddlers - putting theory into practice. 2008.

Masters of Science

Michelle Gibbs. Manufactured complementary foods for young child feeding in Asia: their
micronutrient adequacy and improvement. 2010.

Nick Prosser. Analysis of zinc component of the iron status in Dunedin women with mild iron deficiency. 2010.

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Publications

Harvey-Leeson, S., Karakochuk, C. D., Hawes, M., Tugirimana, P. L., Bahizire, E., Akilimali, P. Z., … Houghton, L. A., Gibson, R. S., & Green, T. J. (2016). Anemia and micronutrient status of women of childbearing age and children 6-59 months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nutrients, 8(2), 98. doi: 10.3390/nu8020098

Houghton, L. A., Parnell, W. R., Thomson, C. D., Green, T. J., & Gibson, R. S. (2016). Serum zinc is a major predictor of anemia and mediates the effect of selenium on hemoglobin in school-aged children in a nationally representative survey in New Zealand. Journal of Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.235127

Gibson, R. S., King, J. C., & Lowe, N. (2016). A review of dietary zinc recommendations. Food & Nutrition Bulletin. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0379572116652252

Mark, H. E., Houghton, L. A., Gibson, R. S., Monterrosa, E., & Kraemer, K. (2016). Estimating dietary micronutrient supply and the prevalence of inadequate intakes from national Food Balance Sheets in the South Asia region. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 25(2), 368-376. doi: 10.6133/apjcn.2016.25.2.11

King, J. C., Brown, K. H., Gibson, R. S., Krebs, N. F., Lowe, N. M., Siekmann, J. S., & Raiten, D. J. (2016). Biomarkers of nutrition for development (BOND)-zinc review. Journal of Nutrition, 146 (Suppl), 858S-885S. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.220079

Authored Book - Research

Gibson, R. S. (2005). Principles of nutritional assessment (2nd ed.). New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press, 885p.

Gibson, R., & Ferguson, E. L. (1999). An interactive 24-hour Recall for Assessing the Adequacy of Iron and Zinc Intakes in Rural Communities. Washington D.C. USA: International Life Sciences Institute.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Gibson, R. S. (2011). Strategies for preventing multi-micronutrient deficiencies: A review of experiences with food-based approaches in developing countries. In B. Thompson & L. Amoroso (Eds.), Combating micronutrient deficiencies: Food-based approaches. (pp. 7-27). Oxfordshire, UK and Rome: CABI and FAO.

Gibson, R. S., Hotz, C., & Perlas, L. A. (2004). Influence of food intake, composition and bioavailability on micronutrient deficiencies of infants during the weaning period and the first year of life. In J. M. Pettifor & S. Zlotkin (Eds.), Micronutrient deficiencies during the weaning period and the first years of life. Nestlé nutrition workshop series pediatric program, vol 54. (pp. 83-103). Vevey, Switzerland: Nestec.

Gibson, R., & Hotz, C. (2001). Nutritional causes of linear growth faltering in infants during the complementary feeding period. In R. Martorell & F. Haschke (Eds.), Nutrition and Growth: Nestlé Nutrition Workshop Series, Pediatric Program. Vol 47. (pp. 159-195). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Gibson, R., & Hotz, C. (2000). Applications of trace element studies in developing countries: Practical and technical aspects. In M. Jackson & N. Lowe (Eds.), Advances in Isotope Methods for the Analysis of Trace Elements in Man. (pp. 193-215). Washington, DC: CRC Series in Modern Nutrition, CRC Press.

Gibson, R., Heath, A.-L. M., Prosser, N., Parnell, W. R., Donovan, U. M., Green, T. J., … Skeaff, C. M. (2000). Are young women with low iron stores at risk of zinc as well as iron deficiency? In A. Roussel, R. A. Anderson & A. E. Favier (Eds.), Trace Elements in Man and Animals, 10. (pp. 323-328). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Gibson, R. (1998). Dietary assessment. In J. I. Mann & A. S. Truswell (Eds.), Essentials of Human Nutrition. (pp. 409-426). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Gibson, R. (1998). Determining nutritional status. In J. I. Mann & A. S. Truswell (Eds.), Essentials of Human Nutrition. (pp. 427-460). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Gibson, R., & Ferguson, E. L. (1998). Food processing methods for improving the zinc content and bioavailability of home-based and commercially available complementary foods. In Micronutrient interactions. Impact on child health and nutrition. (pp. 50-57). US AID & FAO.

Gibson, R. (1998). Trace Elements: Ultratrace elements. In J. I. Mann & A. S. Truswell (Eds.), Essentials of Human Nutrition. (pp. 176-178). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Gibson, R., Bettger, W. J., & Randall-Simpson, J. A. (1995). Metal ions and growth. In G. Berthon (Ed.), Handbook of Metal-Ligand Interactions in Biological Fluids. Bioinorganic Medicine, Vol. 1. (pp. 153-160). New York: Marcel Dekker.

Gibson, R. (1995). Dietary intakes of calcium and trace minerals in children. In G. Berthon (Ed.), Handbook of Metal-Ligand Interactions in Biological Fluids. Bioinorganic Medicine, Vol 1. (pp. 306-313). New York: Marcel Dekker.

Randall-Simpson, J. A., Gibson, R., & Donovan, U. M. (1995). Metal ion composition of foods and beverages. In G. Berthon (Ed.), Handbook of Metal Ligand Interactions in Biological Fluids. Bioinorganic Medicine Vol. I. (pp. 314-321). New York: Marcel Dekker.

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Journal - Research Article

Harvey-Leeson, S., Karakochuk, C. D., Hawes, M., Tugirimana, P. L., Bahizire, E., Akilimali, P. Z., … Houghton, L. A., Gibson, R. S., & Green, T. J. (2016). Anemia and micronutrient status of women of childbearing age and children 6-59 months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nutrients, 8(2), 98. doi: 10.3390/nu8020098

King, J. C., Brown, K. H., Gibson, R. S., Krebs, N. F., Lowe, N. M., Siekmann, J. S., & Raiten, D. J. (2016). Biomarkers of nutrition for development (BOND)-zinc review. Journal of Nutrition, 146 (Suppl), 858S-885S. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.220079

Mark, H. E., Houghton, L. A., Gibson, R. S., Monterrosa, E., & Kraemer, K. (2016). Estimating dietary micronutrient supply and the prevalence of inadequate intakes from national Food Balance Sheets in the South Asia region. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 25(2), 368-376. doi: 10.6133/apjcn.2016.25.2.11

Gibson, R. S., King, J. C., & Lowe, N. (2016). A review of dietary zinc recommendations. Food & Nutrition Bulletin. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0379572116652252

Houghton, L. A., Parnell, W. R., Thomson, C. D., Green, T. J., & Gibson, R. S. (2016). Serum zinc is a major predictor of anemia and mediates the effect of selenium on hemoglobin in school-aged children in a nationally representative survey in New Zealand. Journal of Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.235127

Mallard, S. R., Houghton, L. A., Filteau, S., Chisenga, M., Siame, J., Kasonka, L., … Gibson, R. S. (2016). Micronutrient adequacy and dietary diversity exert positive and distinct effects on linear growth in urban Zambian infants. Journal of Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.233890

Gibson, R. S., Wawer, A. A., Fairweather-Tait, S. J., Hurst, R., Young, S. D., Broadley, M. R., … Bailey, K. B., & Siyame, E. W. P. (2015). Dietary iron intakes based on food composition data may underestimate the contribution of potentially exchangeable contaminant iron from soil. Journal of Food Composition & Analysis, 40, 19-23. doi: 10.1016/j.jfca.2014.11.016

Lander, R. L., Williams, S. M., Costa-Ribeiro, H., Mattos, A. P., Barreto, D. L., Houghton, L. A., Bailey, K. B., Lander, A. G., & Gibson, R. S. (2015). Understanding the complex determinants of height and adiposity in disadvantaged daycare preschoolers in Salvador, NE Brazil through structural equation modelling. BMC Public Health, 15, 1086. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2406-x

Gibson, R. S. (2015). Dietary-induced zinc deficiency in low income countries: Challenges and solutions The Avanelle Kirksey Lecture at Purdue University. Nutrition Today, 50(1), 49-55. doi: 10.1097/nt.0000000000000070

Lim, K., Booth, A., Szymlek-Gay, E. A., Gibson, R. S., Bailey, K. B., Irving, D., … Riddell, L. (2015). Associations between dietary iron and zinc intakes, and between biochemical iron and zinc status in women. Nutrients, 7(4), 2983-2999. doi: 10.3390/nu7042983

Watts, M. J., Joy, E. J. M., Young, S. D., Broadley, M. R., Chilimba, A. D. C., Gibson, R. S., … Ander, E. L. (2015). Iodine source apportionment in the Malawian diet. Scientific Reports, 5, 15251. doi: 10.1038/srep15251

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