Member profile

Professor Susan Fairweather-Tait

Last updated: 21 July 2021

Professor Fairweather-Tait has a BSc in Food Sciences, and MSc in Nutrition University of London. After her PhD at King’s College London she worked in the food industry for a short while and then moved to the Institute of Food Research, Norwich, initially as a Senior Research Scientist and latterly as Head of the Nutrition Division and Programme Leader for Micronutrients. In 2006 she was offered a personal chair in the School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice University of East Anglia (UAE) and moved to UEA in early 2007.

Professor Fairweather-Tait’s research interests include mineral metabolism in humans, micronutrient requirements and dietary reference values, nutrient bioavailability, health claims, and diet and ageing.

Register of interests

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Personal Interests

Category of Interest

Organisation / Body and Nature of Interest 

Direct employment

Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia (2007-present)

Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations

Chair of FAO/WHO expert group on nutrient requirements for children 0-36 months

Scientific Advisory Committee for New Nordic Nutrition Recommendations - Member

Big C Research Advisory Panel - Member

EFSA DRV Minerals working group - Member

Non-Personal interests

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Organisation / Body and Nature of Interest 

Indirect financial or non-financial support from relevant organisations

BBSRC- Grant holder