Lindsay Allen, PhD, ASN Past President, USDA Agricultural Research Service Science Hall of Fame Inductee
Lindsay Allen, PhD joins a prestigious group of USDA-ARS scientists in the Science Hall of Fame.
Rockville, MD—April 6, 2022 – The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) congratulates Lindsay Allen, PhD, Past President of ASN, on her induction into the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Science Hall of Fame. This prestigious honor is reserved for ARS employees whose work has had a significant impact on agricultural research by solving a problem through research and whose achievements continue to be recognized internationally by the scientific community. No more than two ARS scientists are inducted each year. Dr. Allen is honored for her outstanding and sustained contributions to research that led to the discovery that multiple micronutrient deficiencies that arise from poor quality diets, rather than protein-energy deficiency, and are a cause major cause of growth retardation and functional impairment. As a result, her research has had a major impact on maternal and child health worldwide, and in particular on pregnancy and breastfeeding outcomes. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has adopted formulations of micronutrient supplements for infants and pregnant women that Dr. Allen helped develop. Dr. Allen also led the authorship of guidelines for micronutrient fortification of foods for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which have been widely quoted and translated. She has conducted numerous studies, including randomized controlled trials of supplementation and diet in low-income populations to understand the prevalence, causes, and metabolic and functional effects of micronutrient deficiencies, published in 330 papers.
“We are proud that our former president, Dr. Allen, is inducted into the ARS Science Hall of Fame,” said ASN Director General John Courtney, PhD. “As well as being a highly respected leader at ASN, the impact of her research is recognized around the world. It exemplifies ASN’s vision of a healthier world through evidence-based nutrition.
Dr Allen was President of the ASN during the 2020-2021 year and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Past President. She is the former Center Director and currently a Research Physiologist (ST) at the USDA-ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC), located on the campus of the University of California, Davis. She served ASN as the first President of the Society for International Nutrition Research (now the Global Nutrition Council), Deputy Editor of The Nutrition Diary, and ASN representative to the International Union of Nutritional Sciences and the ASN Members Committee. Accompanied by the awarding of the 2012 ASN Fellow Award, Dr. Allen’s contributions to society have been honored as the recipient of the McCollum International Lectureship Award, the Conrad Elvehjem Award for Public Service in Nutrition, the Kellogg International Nutrition Prize and the 2016 RIS Vitamins & Minerals Outstanding Investigator Award. Her international recognition includes Vice President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences and Career Achievement in Evidence Translation Award from the Mathile Institute.
A panel of peers from USDA-ARS, other federal agencies, or academia selects no more than two scientists each year for induction into the Hall of Fame. Inductees must be retired or eligible for retirement from ARS, must have produced a major impact on agricultural research, and achieved accomplishments that continue to be recognized by the agricultural research community. In addition, inductees must possess the character and record of achievement worthy of emulation by young scientists and be recognized nationally or internationally by their peers in the scientific community.