Pamela von Hurst from the School of Sport, Exercise and Nutrition at Massey University has been promoted to Professor. Pamela is Co-Director of the Massey Vitamin D Research Centre, which she helped establish in 2010. Her research interests include vitamin D in health and disease, child health and nutrition, bone, metabolic syndrome and physical activity. She is currently co-principal investigator on a New Zealand study funded by HVN, which focuses on the impact of consuming NZ Greenshell™ mussels in combatting early stages of osteoarthritis.
Professor von Hurst is President of the Nutrition Society of New Zealand. In 2017 she was selected by The Royal Society to represent New Zealand on the International Union of Nutrition Sciences (IUNS), voting on behalf of her profession at the IUNS General Assembly. She is also co-leader of a NZ/Australian working group to develop a Federation of Oceanic Nutrition Societies, supported by IUNS. She regularly contributes to Government policy through participation in expert panels on vitamin D and food fortification, reviewing Ministry of Health recommendations on vitamin D and sun exposure. She also sat on a Ministry of Health Technical Advisory Group on the Eating and Physical Activity Guidelines.
Congratulations Professor von Hurst!