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Heather Rosa Dean Institute for Optimum Nutrition

Food was the key to my recovery from illness and my inspiration for studying nutritional therapy. It has since kept at bay Barker’s baby trajectory1 and helped me survive 30 years in academia. Having surmounted the usual zeal to find the perfect diet I now have sleepless nights pondering complexity! I’m endlessly fascinated by the web-like interconnections between health, dis-ease, food, beliefs, movement, evolution, genes, microbiota, individuality, community, environment, politics… As Dean of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition my goal is to educate nutrition scholar-practitioners, instilling critical thinking, evidence-informed and collaborative practice. I’m half Italian, grow organically, forage, and eat chicken feet!

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