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Swapan K. Roy, Editor-in-Chief

Dr Swapan K. Roy is the International Senior Scientist, Chairperson BOT of Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation and Nutrition Foundation of Bangladesh and Professor of the Nutrition and Food Science Department, University of South Asia and the author of many publications on the history of science. He has a Ph.D. in Nutrition from University of London (1987-1990); FRCP from Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (2008); Diploma on Food, Nutrition, Biotechnology & Poverty (1984-1985) and M.Sc. in Human Nutrition (1983-1984) and MBBS (1973) from University of Dhaka. Dr Roy has had significant role in diagnosis and management of acute and persistent diarrhea in developing countries of the world. He is the first person who discovered the impact of zinc in diarrhoea in the world. For his invaluable scientific researches as a moving force at the ICDDRB paving the way in the identification of the benefits of zinc which led to the current global recommendation on zinc supplementation in acute diarrhea that resulted in significant impact on child survival and for his continuing efforts to the improvement of nutritional status of malnourished children, adolescent and mothers. In recognition of his contribution, he received an international award from 13th ASCODD Organizing Committee (2012).

Now the Government of Bangladesh has scaled up zinc supplementation in the whole country through special program under National Nutrition Services (NNS). He is an internationally recognized scientist; his interests are nutrition, ranging from molecular science and public health policy to the history of nutrition. During the last four decades, as a distinguished scientist, philosopher and activist for advancement of protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding, complementary feeding and maternal nutrition. He has spearheaded the IYCF movement by involving the Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh for inaugurating the WBW for three consecutive years from 2009 to 2011.  Among his 200 publications, many have been translated into global policy and programs  such major papers on the impact of zinc supplementation on intestinal permeability in Bangladeshi children with acute diarrhoea and persistent syndrome; intensive nutrition education with or without supplementary feeding improves the nutritional status of moderately malnourished children in Bangladesh; Prevention of malnutrition among young children in rural Bangladesh by a food–health-care educational intervention: a randomized controlled trial; food and nutrition bulletin. He is also an eminent member of global policy makers in nutrition movement. He has made concerted efforts on nutrition by involving various relevant ministries for breastfeeding and nutrition movement in Bangladesh. He is organizer of many international and national scientific conferences. He has worldwide recognition for his innovative science leading to human benefits and development. Dr Roy has a passion to reduce maternal malnutrition and reduce low birth weight babies, and such work has been done and published internationally with a tremendous reduction of LBW which needs immediate scaling up in Bangladesh. Many of his research output has been applied nationally and internationally as he is able to communicate and convince the policy make with his interpersonal skills, knowledge, vision and leadership quality.

New Content ItemOrsolya Varga, Editor-in-Chief

Orsolya Varga obtained her medical (MD) degree in 2003, followed by a degree in law (ML) in 2007. She received her PhD in Health Sciences in 2008 from the University of Debrecen, Hungary. From 2008 to 2013, she contributed to research projects as a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology in Porto, Portugal, and the Danish Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment in Copenhagen, Denmark.  

Orsolya Varga's research interests include policy impact analysis, research prioritisation, and legal mapping of policies on non-communicable diseases. She is also involved in research on academic integrity. Since 2008, she has conducted qualitative research and analysed policy documents, interviews, and social network texts on various research topics. She has been teaching since 2006 and has considerable experience in peer reviewing publications and research proposals. In 2019, Orsolya Varga was awarded the Premium postdoctoral researcher fellowship. Orsolya is an associate professor at the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Debrecen, and a researcher at the Syreon Research Institute in Budapest. Additionally, Orsolya serves as the national contact point for Hungary for the European Association of Health Law.