Lynn Bailey Receives Nutritional Science Award

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Lynn Bailey, a professor in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, received The Centrum Center for Nutrition Science Award April 18 from the American Society of Nutritional Sciences at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Bailey was recognized for her contributions to the basic understanding of human nutrition. She received an inscribed plaque and $1,500 award from society president Dale Bauman and Judith Moreines, a representative from Wyeth Consumer Healthcare in Madison, N.J., which provided funding for the award. Bailey’s nomination for the award was evaluated by a jury of members from the nutritional sciences society.

Bailey is an internationally recognized authority on the B vitamin folic acid and its metabolism and requirements in pregnancy. Her research, which spans more than two decades, has focused primarily on determining the requirements of folic acid, a key vitamin essential for normal maternal health and fetal growth.

She has been major contributor to the understanding that consumption of this vitamin prior to pregnancy can help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects.

Bailey has served as a scientific advisor to many government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). She served as a member of the NAS committee that wrote new dietary intake recommendations for folic acid and other B vitamins.

As a frequent speaker at scientific conferences and professional meetings for health care practitioners, Bailey has helped raise the quality of maternal-fetal nutritional care.

Bailey is editor of Folate in Health and Disease (Marcel Dekker, 1995) and the author of numerous scholarly publications and book chapters. Her achievements have been recognized by many organizations, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which presented her with the Secretary’s Award for Superior Service in Research, and the March of Dimes, which honored her with the Agnes Higgins Award for accomplishments in fetal and maternal medicine.

For her accomplishments as a research scientist, teacher and mentor for many graduate students in UF’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Bailey received UF Professional Excellence and Research Awards in 1997, 1999 and 2001.

Bailey, who joined the faculty in UF’s food science and human nutrition department in 1977, received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and a master’s degree in nutrition from Clemson University. She earned a doctorate and completed post-doctoral training in nutrition at Purdue University.



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Posted: April 14, 2004

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