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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

Diana, A., Mallard, S. R., Haszard, J. J., Purnamasari, D. M., Nurulazmi, I., Herliani, P. D., … Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. (2017). Consumption of fortified infant foods reduces dietary diversity but has a positive effect on subsequent growth in infants from Sumedang district, Indonesia. PLoS ONE, 12(4), e0175952. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175952

Diana, A., Mallard, S. R., Haszard, J., Purnamasari, D. M., Nurulazmi, I., Herliani, P. D., … Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. (2017). Consumption of fortified infant foods reduces dietary diversity but has a positive effect on subsequent growth in Indonesian infants. FASEB Journal, 31(1 Supp), 639.5.

MacDonell, S., Miller, J., Harper, M., Reid, M., Haszard, J., Gibson, R., & Houghton, L. (2017). Multiple micronutrient deficiencies exist in aged-care residents, with serum zinc, not iron, being a major predictor of anemia. FASEB Journal, 31(1 Suppl), 460.2.

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, 146(9), 1670-1676. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.235127

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

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., 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., & 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. (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. (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. (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., & 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.

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.

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.

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Journal - Research Article

Diana, A., Mallard, S. R., Haszard, J. J., Purnamasari, D. M., Nurulazmi, I., Herliani, P. D., … Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. (2017). Consumption of fortified infant foods reduces dietary diversity but has a positive effect on subsequent growth in infants from Sumedang district, Indonesia. PLoS ONE, 12(4), e0175952. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175952

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, 146(9), 1670-1676. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.235127

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

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

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, 146(10), 2093-2101. doi: 10.3945/jn.116.233890

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

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

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

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., Bailey, K. B., Lander, A. G., Alsaleh, A. A., Costa-Ribeiro, H. C., Mattos, A. P., … Houghton, L. A., Morison, I. M., Williams, S. M., & Gibson, R. S. (2014). Disadvantaged pre-schoolers attending day care in Salvador, Northeast Brazil have a low prevalence of anaemia and micronutrient deficiencies. Public Health Nutrition, 19(9), 1984-1992. doi: 10.1017/s1368980013002310

Gibbs, M. M., Carriquiry, A. L., Capanzana, M. V., & Gibson, R. S. (2014). Establishing desirable fortificant levels for calcium, iron and zinc in foods for infant and young child feeding: Examples from three Asian countries. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 10(1), 112-125. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2012.00405.x

Houghton, L. A., Gray, A. R., Harper, M. J., Winichagoon, P., Pongcharoen, T., Gowachirapant, S., & Gibson, R. S. (2014). Vitamin D status among Thai school children and the association with 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D and parathyroid hormone levels. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e104825. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104825

Gibson, R. S., Bailey, K. B., Williams, S., Houghton, L., Costa-Ribeiro, H. C., Mattos, A. P., … Lander, R. L. (2014). Tissue iron deficiency and adiposity-related inflammation in disadvantaged preschoolers from NE Brazil. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 68, 887-891. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2014.83

Joy, E. J. M., Ander, E. L., Young, S. D., Black, C. R., Watts, M. J., Chilimba, A. D. C., … Gibson, R. S., … Broadley, M. R. (2014). Dietary mineral supplies in Africa. Physiologia Plantarum, 151(3), 208-229. doi: 10.1111/ppl.12144

Siyame, E. W. P., Hurst, R., Wawer, A. A., Young, S. D., Broadley, M. R., Chilimba, A. D. C., … Bailey, K. B., & Gibson, R. S. (2014). A high prevalence of zinc-but not iron-deficiency among women in rural Malawi: A cross-sectional study. International Journal for Vitamin & Nutrition Research, 83(3), 176-187. doi: 10.1024/0300-9831/a000158

Mallard, S. R., Houghton, L. A., Filteau, S., Mullen, A., Nieuwelink, J., Chisenga, M., … Gibson, R. S. (2014). Dietary diversity at 6 months of age is associated with subsequent growth and mediates the effect of maternal education on infant growth in urban Zambia. Journal of Nutrition, 144(11), 1818-1825. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.199547

Gould, C., Tousignant, B., Brian, G., McKay, R., Gibson, R., Bailey, K., & Venn, B. J. (2013). Cross-sectional dietary deficiencies among a prison population in Papua New Guinea. BMC International Health & Human Rights, 13, 21. doi: 10.1186/1472-698X-13-21

Broadley, M. R., Chilimba, A. D. C., Joy, E. J. M., Young, S. D., Black, C. R., Ander, E. L., … Gibson, R. S. (2012). Dietary requirements for magnesium, but not calcium, are likely to be met in Malawi based on national food supply data. International Journal for Vitamin & Nutrition Research, 82(3), 192-199. doi: 10.1024/0300-9831/a000111

Gibson, R. S. (2012). Zinc deficiency and human health: Etiology, health consequences, and future solutions. Plant & Soil, 361(1-2), 291-299. doi: 10.1007/s11104-012-1209-4

Gibson, R. S. (2012). Harmonisation of micronutrient-based dietary standards globally: Challenges and future developments. Nutrition & Dietetics, 69(3), 183-186. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2012.01614.x

Zhou, S. J., Gibson, R. A., Gibson, R. S., & Makrides, M. (2012). Nutrient intakes and status of preschool children in Adelaide, South Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, 196(11), 696-700. doi: 10.5694/mja11.11080

Gibson, R. S. (2012). A historical review of progress in the assessment of dietary zinc intake as an indicator of population zinc status. Advances in Nutrition, 3(6), 772-782. doi: 10.3945/an.112.002287

George, J., Yiannakis, M., Main, B., Devenish, R., Anderson, C., An, U. S., Williams, S. M., & Gibson, R. S. (2012). Genetic hemoglobin disorders, infection, and deficiencies of iron and vitamin A determine anemia in young Cambodian children. Journal of Nutrition, 142(4), 781-787. doi: 10.3945/jn.111.148189

Lander, R. L., Lander, A. G., Houghton, L., Williams, S. M., Costa-Ribeiro, H., Barreto, D. L., … Gibson, R. S. (2012). Factors influencing growth and intestinal parasitic infections in preschoolers attending philanthropic daycare centers in Salvador, Northeast Region of Brazil. Cadernos de Saúde Pública, 28(11), 2177-2188.

Gibson, R. S., & Cavalli-Sforza, T. (2012). Using reference nutrient density goals with Food Balance Sheet data to identify likely micronutrient deficits for fortification planning in countries in the Western Pacific Region. Food & Nutrition Bulletin, 33(3, Suppl.), S214-S220.

Jack, S. J., Ou, K., Chea, M., Chhin, L., Devenish, R., Dunbar, M., … Leon de la Barra, S., Hill, P. C., Herbison, P., & Gibson, R. S. (2012). Effect of micronutrient sprinkles on reducing anemia: A cluster-randomized effectiveness trial. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 166(9), 842-850. doi: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.1003

Alemayehu, A. A., Abebe, Y., & Gibson, R. S. (2011). A 24-h recall does not provide a valid estimate of absolute nutrient intakes for rural women in southern Ethiopia. Nutrition, 27(9), 919-924. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2010.10.015

Gibson, R. S., Bailey, K. B., Parnell, W. R., Wilson, N., & Ferguson, E. L. (2011). Higher risk of zinc deficiency in New Zealand Pacific school children compared with their Māori and European counterparts: A New Zealand national survey. British Journal of Nutrition, 105(3), 436-446. doi: 10.1017/S0007114510003569

Gibson, R., & Heath, A.-L. (2011). Population groups at risk of zinc deficiency in Australia and New Zealand. Nutrition & Dietetics, 68(2), 97-108. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-0080.2011.01516.x

Gibbs, M., Bailey, K. B., Lander, R. L., Fahmida, U., Perlas, L., Hess, S. Y., … Gibson, R. S. (2011). The adequacy of micronutrient concentrations in manufactured complementary foods from low-income countries. Journal of Food Composition & Analysis, 24(3), 418-426. doi: 10.1016/j.jfca.2010.07.004

Filteau, S., Baisley, K., Chisenga, M., Kasonka, L., Gibson, R. S., and the CIGNIS Study Team. (2011). Provision of micronutrient-fortified food from 6 months of age does not permit HIV-exposed uninfected Zambian children to catch up in growth to HIV-unexposed children: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 56(2), 166-175. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0b013e318201f6c9

Gibson, R. S., Kafwembe, E., Mwanza, S., Gosset, L., Bailey, K. B., Mullen, A., … Filteau, S. (2011). A micronutrient-fortified food enhances iron and selenium status of Zambian infants but has limited efficacy on zinc. Journal of Nutrition, 141(5), 935-943. doi: 10.3945/jn.110.135228

Gibson, R. S., Bailey, K. B., Ampong Romano, A. B., & Thomson, C. D. (2011). Plasma selenium concentrations in pregnant women in two countries with contrasting soil selenium levels. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine & Biology, 25(4), 230-235. doi: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2011.10.001

Gibson, R. S., Bailey, K. B., Gibbs, M., & Ferguson, E. L. (2010). A review of phytate, iron, zinc, and calcium concentrations in plant-based complementary foods used in low-income countries and implications for bioavailability. Food & Nutrition Bulletin, 31(Suppl. 2), S134-S146.

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