Nazma Shaheen completed her BSc (Hons) and MSc from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka and then joined as a Lecturer at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science of the same university in 1987. She obtained her PhD degree in Biochemistry in 1996 from Kagoshima ...
Nazma Shaheen completed her BSc (Hons) and MSc from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka and then joined as a Lecturer at the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science of the same university in 1987. She obtained her PhD degree in Biochemistry in 1996 from Kagoshima University (Department of Biochemistry), Japan. She also worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at National Food Research Institute (NFRI), Japan as a United Nations University Fellow (UNU) in 2008-2009. More than 33-year-long teaching experience in the field of Nutrition and Food Science to generate relevant professionals in Bangladesh coupled with practical research experience as prominent food scientist and public health nutritionist have helped her to contribute significantly to the development of effective policies and programs at the national level. In addition, she has been leading the production, management and use of food composition data in the South Asian countries as the Focal Person of Bangladesh for “SAARCFOODS”-forum for Food Composition Database for SAARC countries. To meet the urgent demand felt by nutrition researchers, agriculture scientists and policy makers, Nazma has led the team as the PI for updating the Food Composition Table for Bangladesh (recognized through UGC Award, 2013 as research book) to generate reliable and comprehensive data source to enable accurate assessment of dietary intake having widespread nutritional implications. Her significant achievements in the implementation of food composition activities have been recognized internationally through awarding her INFOODS Success Story Award (2015) by FAO. She also won the UGC gold medal in 2016 for a scientific article published in a reputed international journal to generate new knowledge for the elimination of child malnutrition.
Award for updating the Food Composition Table of Bangladesh after 37 years and for the development of comprehensive and robust FC database .To meet the urgent demand felt by nutrition researchers, agriculture scientists and policy makers, Nazma has led the team as the principal investigator for updating the Food Composition Table for Bangladesh (recognized through UGC Award, 2013) to generate reliable and comprehensive data source to enable accurate assessment of dietary intake having widespread nutritional implications.
University Grants Commission (UGC) for research book
UGC Award for Research Book for 2013: Food composition tables (FCTs) are considered as an essential tool for planning interventions in food security, nutrition and health. FCTs provide information relating to nutrient composition of foods with specific reference to energy, nutrients (e.g. protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals) and other nutritionally important food constituents (e.g. fibre, anti-nutrients, phytonutrients, etc.). The nutrient values are either based on chemical analyses performed in analytical laboratories or are collected from relevant sources. Reliable data on the nutrient composition of foods are of critical importance for agricultural planning, setting food and nutrition targets in food and nutrition planning and policy, formulation of institutional and therapeutic diets, food and nutrition training, plant breeding, nutrition labelling, food regulations and consumer protection. The importance of FCTs has also been well recognized in evaluating the adequacy of diets through food consumption surveys investigating diet and health relationships. FCTs are also a critical source of reference while developing dietary guidelines for different population groups. To develop a national and comprehensive Food Composition Database for Bangladesh (FCDB) taking into consideration the long-term change in food supply chain i.e. emergence of high yielding variety (HYV) and the existing limitations of the currently available data, the Food Composition Table for Bangladesh (FCTB) was designed to expand the quantity as well as to improve the quality of data on food composition. This complicated task was performed through the analysis of nationally representative samples of key foods (KF) together with the collection of secondary data from all relevant sources and borrowing of values for missing data from reliable and relevant databases from outside of Bangladesh. The present table is expected to be a remarkable addition to national and regional food compositional activities. Moreover, Bangladesh has made an outstanding progress in the acquisition and dissemination of complete and accurate data on the composition of commonly consumed foods, beverages and their ingredients, in appropriate form to meet the needs of the various users by a systematic compilation and data management tool according to INFOODS Guidelines. This food composition table can serve as a compositional information package and, due to harmonization with other database, can be exchanged with other countries