NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health

The Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) Global Centre for Nutrition and Health is an award-winning think-tank that develops educational models to improve nutrition in health systems and conducts training courses and research studies.


The Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) Global Centre for Nutrition and Health is an award-winning think-tank with more than a decade of experience in nutrition education, research and innovation. Its aim is to advance and implement nutrition knowledge to improve health, wellbeing and society.

Based at St John’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge, NNEdPro has over 300 members including a virtual core of over 40 professionals from a range of disciplines and over 10 regional networks across continents (https://www.nnedpro.org.uk/)

A not-for-profit social enterprise, NNEdPro develops educational models to improve nutrition in health systems and conducts training courses and research studies.

Professor Sumantra (Shumone) Ray is the Founding Chair and Executive Director. He holds a fractional appointment with Ulster University as Professor of Global Nutrition, Health and Disease in the School of Biomedical Sciences. He also holds a cross appointment as Director of Research in Food Security, health and Society at the University of Cambridge School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The role of NNEdPro

NNEdPro is also the co-owner of the peer-reviewed journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. NNEdPro offers a global network that provides mentoring and career opportunities through their International Academy of Nutrition Educators (IANE) membership scheme.

Annually NNEdPro provides world class nutrition education at their summer school where recipients receive degree from Cambridge University whilst having the opportunity to network and immerse with some of the best educators in their field, this event is followed up by the International Summit which brings together a  consortium of like-minded people and organisations that understand the importance of nutrition education. Nutrition is a vital component of healthcare, health has no borders, health has no boundaries.

The NNEdPro Global Centre and NICHE at Ulster university work with strategic partners to advance nutrition and health without borders.

NNEdPro’ s Nutrition and Vascular Studies Platform (originally established in 2011 in the Medical Research Council Elsie Widdowson Laboratory) was officially transferred to the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) at Ulster in 2019.  The aim was to enhance the ability to conduct cutting-edge nutrition and cardiovascular research, a priority area within NICHE and a global health issue of concern for people in Northern Ireland.

In 2018, NNEdPro formed the Nutrition Research and Innovation Consortium (NRIC) bringing together academic partners from Ulster, Parma, London and Cambridge. The combined strengths from these centres of research excellence will seek to address further unanswered questions around Nutrition and Non-Communicable Disease. It will connect the cutting edge of science to evidence-informed professional education.


Global Nutrition Health and Disease (GNHD)

Within NRIC, the collaboration between NNEdPro and NICHE has created the Global Nutrition Health and Disease (GNHD) programme to address range of themes and topics aimed at advancing research and knowledge.

Nutrition and Vascular Studies

Nutrition and Vascular Studies (NVS) is concerned with advancing research and knowledge into how nutrition may prevent or modulate vascular diseases. NVS is located in the NICHE Human Intervention Studies Unit (HISU). This team is led by Prof. Shumone Ray, Prof. Mary Ward and others:

  • NNEdPro Researchers/Members: Samyyia Ashraf, Suzana Almoosawi, Marjorie Lima do Vale, Luke Buckner, Mayara De Paula, Sucheta Mitra, Matheus Abrantes
  • NICHE Researchers/Members: Harry Jarrett, Michael McGirr, Ruth Price, Julie Sittlington

Nutrition Education for Implementation and Impact

Nutrition Education for Implementation and Impact (NEfll) is aimed at evaluating NEfII interventions for practitioners and populations. This is also linked with:

  1. NICHE Digital Engagement and Communications
  2. NNEdPro Section for Nutrition Education, Training and Skills (NETS).

This team is led by Prof Shumone Ray, Ms. Pauline Douglas and others:

  • NNEdPro Researchers/Members: Elaine MacAnanich, Kathy Martyn, Suzana Almoosawi, Marjorie Lima do Vale, Luke Buckner, Mayara De Paula, Sucheta Mitra, Matheus Abrantes
  • NICHE Researchers/Members: Kirsty Pourshahidi

Global Networks

Global Networks is aimed at fostering communication and sharing of knowledge with the assistance of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) whic provides funding for projects within Ulster-Latin America and Cambridge-Indian Subcontinent networks.

The global networks are linked with the NNEdPro Regional Networks. Led by Prof Shumone Ray with Helene McNulty, Mary Ward, Santosh Gaihre, Pauline Douglas and others:

  • NNEdPro Researchers/Members: Jorgen Johnsen, Mohammad Sayeem, Mary Lim, Helena Trigueiro, Suzana Almoosawi, Marjorie Lima do Vale, Luke Buckner, Mayara De Paula, Matheus Abrantes, Sucheta Mitra
  • NICHE Researchers/Members: Ruth Price