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Professor Rosalind Gibson

MS(Calif) BSc PhD (London) FRSNZ

Ros GibsonEmail 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

Principles of Nutritional Assessment: 3rd Edition - revised on-line

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.

Master 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.

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Publications

MacDonell, S. O., Miller, J. C., Harper, M. J., Reid, M. R., Haszard, J. J., Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. A. (2021). Multiple micronutrients, including zinc, selenium and iron, are positively associated with anemia in New Zealand aged care residents. Nutrients, 13(4), 1072. doi: 10.3390/nu13041072

Diana, A., Haszard, J. J., Irda Sari, S. Y., Rahmannia, S., Fathonah, A., Sofiah, W. N., … Harper, M., … Houghton, L., & Gibson, R. (2021). Determination of modifiable risk factors for length-for-age z-scores among resource-poor Indonesian infants. PLoS ONE, 16(2), e0247247. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247247

Hoang, N. T. D., Orellana, L., Gibson, R. S., Le, T. D., Worsley, A., Sinclair, A. J., … Szymlek-Gay, E. A. (2021). Multiple micronutrient supplementation improves micronutrient status in primary school children in Hai Phong City, Vietnam: A randomised controlled trial. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 3728. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-83129-9

Leong, C., Gibson, R. S., Diana, A., Haszard, J. J., Rahmannia, S., Ansari, M. B., … Houghton, L. A. (2021). Differences in micronutrient intakes of exclusive and partially breastfed Indonesian infants from resource-poor households are not accompanied by differences in micronutrient status, morbidity, or growth. Journal of Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxaa381

Bērziņš, K., Harrison, S. D. L., Leong, C., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Harper, M. J., Diana, A., Gibson, R. S., Houghton, L. A., & Gordon, K. C. (2021). Qualitative and quantitative vibrational spectroscopic analysis of macronutrients in breast milk. Spectrochimica Acta Part A, 246, 118982. doi: 10.1016/j.saa.2020.118982

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

Authored Book - Research

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.

Authored 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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

Bērziņš, K., Harrison, S. D. L., Leong, C., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Harper, M. J., Diana, A., Gibson, R. S., Houghton, L. A., & Gordon, K. C. (2021). Qualitative and quantitative vibrational spectroscopic analysis of macronutrients in breast milk. Spectrochimica Acta Part A, 246, 118982. doi: 10.1016/j.saa.2020.118982

Journal - Research Article

Diana, A., Haszard, J. J., Irda Sari, S. Y., Rahmannia, S., Fathonah, A., Sofiah, W. N., … Harper, M., … Houghton, L., & Gibson, R. (2021). Determination of modifiable risk factors for length-for-age z-scores among resource-poor Indonesian infants. PLoS ONE, 16(2), e0247247. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247247

Journal - Research Article

Hoang, N. T. D., Orellana, L., Gibson, R. S., Le, T. D., Worsley, A., Sinclair, A. J., … Szymlek-Gay, E. A. (2021). Multiple micronutrient supplementation improves micronutrient status in primary school children in Hai Phong City, Vietnam: A randomised controlled trial. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 3728. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-83129-9

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Leong, C., Gibson, R. S., Diana, A., Haszard, J. J., Rahmannia, S., Ansari, M. B., … Houghton, L. A. (2021). Differences in micronutrient intakes of exclusive and partially breastfed Indonesian infants from resource-poor households are not accompanied by differences in micronutrient status, morbidity, or growth. Journal of Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxaa381

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MacDonell, S. O., Miller, J. C., Harper, M. J., Reid, M. R., Haszard, J. J., Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. A. (2021). Multiple micronutrients, including zinc, selenium and iron, are positively associated with anemia in New Zealand aged care residents. Nutrients, 13(4), 1072. doi: 10.3390/nu13041072

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Bromage, S., Daria, T., Lander, R. L., Tsolmon, S., Houghton, L. A., Tserennadmid, E., … Gibson, R. S., & Ganmaa, D. (2020). Diet and nutrition status of Mongolian adults. Nutrients, 12(5), 1514. doi: 10.3390/nu12051514

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Gibson, R. S., Rahmannia, S., Diana, A., Leong, C., Haszard, J. J., Hampel, D., Reid, M., … Houghton, L. A. (2020). Association of maternal diet, micronutrient status, and milk volume with milk micronutrient concentrations in Indonesian mothers at 2 and 5 months postpartum. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 112, 1039-1050. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqaa200

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Houghton, L. A., McIntosh, D. R., Trilok-Kumar, G., Haszard, J. J., & Gibson, R. S. (2020). Suboptimal feeding and caring practices among young Indian children aged 12 to 24 mo living in the slums of New Delhi. Nutrition, 69, 110553. doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2019.110553

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Raboy, V., Gibson, R. S., Bailey, K. B., & King, J. C. (2020). Comparison of four methods for phytate analysis in plant-based foods. Journal of Food Composition & Analysis, 90, 103481. doi: 10.1016/j.jfca.2020.103481

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Ranque, C. L., Stroble, C., Amicucci, M. J., Tu, D., Diana, A., Rahmannia, S., … Gibson, R. S., … Houghton, L. A., & Lebrilla, C. B. (2020). Examination of carbohydrate products in feces reveals potential biomarkers distinguishing exclusive and nonexclusive breastfeeding practices in infants. Journal of Nutrition, 150, 1051-1057. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxaa028

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Dahdouh, S., Grande, F., Espinosa, S. N., Vincent, A., Gibson, R., Bailey, K., … Charrondière, U. R. (2019). Development of the FAO/INFOODS/IZINCG Global Food Composition Database for Phytate. Journal of Food Composition & Analysis, 78, 42-48. doi: 10.1016/j.jfca.2019.01.023

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Daniels, L., Gibson, R. S., Diana, A., Haszard, J. J., Rahmannia, S., Luftimas, D. E., … Reid, M., … Houghton, L. A. (2019). Micronutrient intakes of lactating mothers and their association with breast milk concentrations and micronutrient adequacy of exclusively breastfed Indonesian infants. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 110, 391-400. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqz047

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Diana, A., Purnamasari, D. M., Rahmannia, S., Luftimas, D. E., Haszard, J. J., Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. A. (2019). Multimicronutrient biomarkers are related to anemia during infancy in Indonesia: A repeated cross sectional study. Current Developments in Nutrition, 3, nzz022. doi: 10.1093/cdn/nzz022

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Haszard, J. J., Diana, A., Daniels, L., Houghton, L. A., & Gibson, R. S. (2019). Development of a nutrient quality score for the complementary diets of Indonesian infants and relationships with linear growth and stunting: A longitudinal analysis. British Journal of Nutrition, 122, 71-77. doi: 10.1017/S0007114519000813

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Hoang, N. T. D., Orellana, L., Le, T. D., Gibson, R. S., Worsley, A., Sinclair, A. J., … Szymlek-Gay, E. A. (2019). Anaemia and Its relation to demographic, socio-economic and anthropometric factors in rural primary school children in Hai Phong City, Vietnam. Nutrients, 11(7), 1478. doi: 10.3390/nu11071478

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Holmes, J. B., Kroeun, H., Houghton, L. A., Gibson, R. S., Harding, K. B., De-Regil, L. M., … Karakochuk, C. D. (2019). Including 60 mg elemental iron in a multiple micronutrient supplement blunts the increase in serum zinc after 12 weeks of daily supplementation in predominantly anemic, nonpregnant Cambodian women of reproductive age. Journal of Nutrition, 149, 1503-1510. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxz097

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Houghton, L. A., Brown, R. C., Beaumont, S., Jennings, S., Bailey, K. B., Haszard, J. J., … Daniels, L., & Gibson, R. S. (2019). Micronutrient status differs among Maasai and Kamba preschoolers participating in a supplementary feeding program in Kenya. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 15, e12805. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12805

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Houghton, L. A., Trilok-Kumar, G., McIntosh, D., Haszard, J. J., Harper, M. J., Reid, M., … Bailey, K., & Gibson, R. S. (2019). Multiple micronutrient status and predictors of anemia in young children aged 12-23 months living in New Delhi, India. PLoS ONE, 14(2), e0209564. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0209564

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Liu, Z., Diana, A., Slater, C., Preston, T., Gibson, R. S., Houghton, L., & Duffull, S. B. (2019). Development of a nonlinear hierarchical model to describe the disposition of deuterium in mother-infant pairs to assess exclusive breastfeeding practice. Journal of Pharmacokinetics & Pharmacodynamics, 46, 1-13. doi: 10.1007/s10928-018-9613-x

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Liu, Z., Diana, A., Slater, C., Preston, T., Gibson, R. S., Houghton, L., & Duffull, S. B. (2019). Development of a parsimonious design for optimal classification of exclusive breastfeeding. Clinical & Translational Science, 8, 596-605. doi: 10.1002/psp4.12428

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Rahmannia, S., Diana, A., Luftimas, D. E., Gurnida, D. A., Herawati, D. M. D., Houghton, L. A., & Gibson, R. S. (2019). Poor dietary diversity and low adequacy of micronutrient intakes among rural Indonesian lactating women from Sumedang district, West Java. PLoS ONE, 14(7), e0219675. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0219675

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Daniels, L., Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Gibson, R. S., Fleming, E. A., Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Haszard, J. J., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2018). Impact of a modified version of baby-led weaning of iron intake and status: A randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8(6), e019036. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019036

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Daniels, L., Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Gibson, R. S., Samman, S., Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Fleming, E. A., … Heath, A.-L. M. (2018). Modified version of baby-led weaning does not result in lower zinc intake or status in infants: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 118(6), 1006-1016.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2018.02.005

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Daniels, L., Williams, S. M., Gibson, R. S., Taylor, R. W., Samman, S., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2018). Modifiable "predictors" of zinc status in toddlers. Nutrients, 10(3), 306. doi: 10.3390/nu10030306

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Gibson, R. S., Raboy, V., & King, J. C. (2018). Implications of phytate in plant-based foods for iron and zinc bioavailability, setting dietary requirements, and formulating programs and policies. Nutrition Reviews, 76(11), 793-804. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuy028

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Hoang, N. T. D., Orellana, L., Le, T. D., Gibson, R. S., Worsley, A. F., Sinclair, A. J., & Szymlek-Gay, E. A. (2018). Anthropometric status among 6—9-year-old school children in rural areas in Hai Phong City, Vietnam. Nutrients, 10(10), 1431. doi: 10.3390/nu10101431

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MacDonell, S. O., Miller, J. C., Harper, M. J., Reid, M. R., Haszard, J. J., Gibson, R. S., & Houghton, L. A. (2018). A comparison of methods for adjusting biomarkers of iron, zinc, and selenium status for the effect of inflammation in an older population: A case for interleukin 6. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 107(6), 932-940. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqy052

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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, 14(3), e12581. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12581

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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