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Professor Rosalind Gibson

MS(Calif) BSc PhD (London) FRSNZ

Ros Gibson
Tel: 64 3 479 7955
Room: UC G26

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


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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Verbowski, V., Talukder, Z., Hou, K., Hoing, L. S., Michaux, K., Anderson, V., Gibson, R., … Barr, S. I. (2018). Effect of enhanced homestead food production and aquaculture on dietary intakes of women and children in rural Cambodia: A cluster randomized controlled trial. Maternal & Child Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12581

Diana, A., Haszard, J. J., Purnamasari, D. M., Nurulazmi, I., Luftimas, D. E., Rahmania, S., … Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. (2017). Iron, zinc, vitamin A and selenium status in a cohort of Indonesian infants after adjusting for inflammation using several different approaches. British Journal of Nutrition, 118(10), 830-839. doi: 10.1017/S0007114517002860

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

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. [Abstract]

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. [Abstract]

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