Nutrition; Micronutrients; Vitamin D; Vitamin A; Vitamin K; Omega-3 fatty acids; Developmental origins; child development; Food Security; agriculture; Fish; Aquaculture; Nepal; Bangladesh;
Experiences & Accomplishments
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
I began my international career working in Nepal and Bangladesh as a nutritional anthropologist and NGO worker, doing research on dietary practices in pregnancy and lactation—this work then grew into an appreciation for the important role that nutrition can play in improving pregnancy outcomes and child health. I worked for many years as a nutritionist in the U.N. World Food Programme doing nutrition surveys in many humanitarian emergencies, developing M&E systems for child feeding programs, and working on issues related to nutrition and HIV. After about a decade of work I returned to do my PhD in Nutrition with a focus on Nutritional Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, where I focused on acquiring the skills needed to undertake rigorous studies to explore relationships between nutritional exposures and pregnancy, health and child development outcomes. At Harvard I did a year-long Fellowship at the Center on the Developing Child to learn about child development, and I continue to do research on the links between nutrition in pregnancy and early childhood and links to child development. I am currently undertaking research as part of the USAID funded Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab using data from a national nutrition surveillance system to improve our understanding of the links between agriculture and nutritional outcomes. I do research with the JiVitA project in Bangladesh on issues related to micronutrients, nutrition in pregnancy, developmental origins of health and disease. I am working with researchers from Tufts University, Tribhuvhan University in Nepal, and University of Bergen Norway on a project to adapt the Ages & Stages questionnaire, a child development assessment tool to a Nepali context and to understand links between animal source food production and consumption and child development in Nepal. I collaborate with WorldFish, an agricultural research organization, on research related to aquaculture, fisheries and nutrition . I also collaborate with researchers as part of the Global Burden of Disease project and have an Adjunct Lecturer position in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Courses: In 2017 I will co-teach International Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Degrees Sc.D. in Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston MA M.H.S. in International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD B.A. in Anthropology, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Honors & Awards
Richmond Fellowship at the Center on Child Development at Harvard University, 2011 Harvard University Certificate of Distinction for Teaching at Harvard College, 2010 Peipers Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health, 2009 Delta Omega Honor Society, Johns Hopkins University Chapter, 1997 NCAA Academic All-American, 1993-4
Selected publications from the past few years
- Hicks CC, Cohen PJ, Graham NA, Nash KL, Allison EH, D’Lima C, Mills DJ, Roscher M, Thilsted SH, Thorne-Lyman AL, MacNeil MA. Harnessing global fisheries to tackle micronutrient deficiencies. Nature. 2019 Oct;574(7776):95-8.
- Thilsted SH, Thorne-Lyman A, Webb P, Bogard JR, Subasinghe R, Phillips MJ, Allison EH. Sustaining healthy diets: The role of capture fisheries and aquaculture for improving nutrition in the post-2015 era. Food Policy. 2016 May 1;61:126-31.
- Thorne-Lyman AL and Fawzi WW (2012) Vitamin D during pregnancy and maternal and infant health outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. Suppl 1:75-90.
- Kvestad I, Hysing M, Shrestha M, Ulak M, Thorne-Lyman AL, Henjum S, Ueland PM, Midttun Ø, Fawzi W, Chandyo RK, Shrestha PS. Vitamin B-12 status in infancy is positively associated with development and cognitive functioning 5 y later in Nepalese children. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2017 Mar 22;105(5):1122-31.
- Thilsted, S. H., Thorne-Lyman, A., Webb, P., Bogard, J. R., Subasinghe, R., Phillips, M. J., & Allison, E. H. (2016). Sustaining healthy diets: The role of capture fisheries and aquaculture for improving nutrition in the post-2015 era. Food Policy, 61, 126-131.
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