Rainer Gross Prize 2012

Rainer Gross Preis 2012

Daniel Lopez de Romaña on behalf of Kenneth H Brown and Manuel Ruz together with Klaus Schuemann, CEO of the Hildegard Grunow Foundation, after the Award ceremony

Preventive supplementation with zinc – two awarded contributions to the solution of global challenges in nutrition

The Rainer Gross Award 2012 goes to two zinc specialists

The Rainer Gross Prize recognizes recent innovations that show promise for improving nutrition in developing countries. The Prize, endowed with USD 2500, is awarded on a biennial basis, next in 2014. Dr. Rainer Gross was in charge of the UNICEF Department of Nutrition until his untimely death in 2006. He was devoted to investigating the impact of micronutrients on health, including physical as well as mental development in children. Moreover he introduced a number of innovations to improve the micronutrient supply in Brazil, Indonesia and Peru.

The Rainer Gross Award was handed out to Kenneth H Brown from the University of California, Davis and Manuel Ruz from the Universidad de Chile on November 14, 2012 during the XVI Congress of the Latin American Society of Nutrition (SLAN) in Havana, Cuba. Both awardees have devoted their research efforts to the preventive and therapeutic use of zinc in vulnerable populations from developing and transitional countries.

Prof. Kenneth Brown MD is a pediatrician and widely recognized for rigorous and creative research in clinical nutrition and nutritional epidemiology. His work focuses on the public health nutrition problems of young children in low-income populations. This includes the dietary management of diarrhea, feeding strategies for infants and young children, treatment of acute malnutrition, and control of micronutrient deficiencies, particularly of zinc and vitamin A. In the spirit of Dr. Rainer Gross, Prof. Brown has made an effort to ensure that the results of his research are applied appropriately in public health programs. He has worked in Thailand, Bangladesh, Peru and Senegal and has served as a consultant to many international agencies, including the WHO, UNICEF and Helen Keller International. A summary of Kenneth Brown’s award winning work, titled “Preventive zinc supplementation among infants, preschoolers, and older prepubertal children”, will be published in the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB).

Prof. Manuel Ruz PhD works in human nutrition. After several years of research activities in Guatemala and after completing his doctoral studies in Canada, he has risen to assume the Chair of the Nutrition Department at the Faculty of Medicine in Universidad de Chile. The focus of his research lies in nutritional and toxicological aspects of minerals and trace elements, particularly on diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mineral deficiencies in both at risk populations and clinical settings. Prof. Ruz has also served as a consultant to the WHO and UNICEF and is involved in the development of national and international nutrition programs. A synopsis of his award-winning work entitled “Zinc supplementation to prevent complications of Diabetes mellitus in a South American country in transition (Chile)” will also be published in the FNB.

The Hildegard Grunow Foundation, located in Munich, Germany, seeks to foster innovative solutions to problems in Third World nutrition. It invests in investigation and capacity building and thus intends to nurture and test new ideas in nutrition and to serve as „incubation aid“ for both young scientists and new concepts.

Publications in the Food and Nutrition Bulletin


FNB(2009)30:S12-S40: Publication Kenneth Brown

FNB(2013)34:215-221: Publication Manuel Ruz