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Marie Ruel

  • Ph.D. International Nutrition
  • Director, Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
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Marie T. Ruel was appointed Division Director of IFPRI's Food Consumption and Nutrition Division in 2004. From 1996 until her current appointment, she served as Senior Research Fellow and Research Fellow in that division. Since joining IFPRI, she led the Multi-Country Program on Challenges to Urban Food and Nutrition and the Global Regional Project on Diet Quality and Diet Changes of the Poor. Prior to IFPRI, she was head of the Nutrition and Health Division at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama/Pan American Health Organization (INCAP/PAHO) in Guatemala. Dr. Ruel received her Ph.D. in International Nutrition from Cornell University and her Masters in Health Sciences from Laval University in Canada. Dr. Ruel has worked for more than 20 years on issues related to policies and programs to alleviate poverty and child malnutrition in developing countries. She has published extensively in nutrition and epidemiology journals on topics such as maternal and child nutrition, food based strategies to improve diet quality and micronutrient nutrition, urban livelihoods, food security and nutrition, and the development of indicators of child feeding and care practices. She has served on various international expert committees, such as the National Academy of Sciences, the International Zinc in Nutrition Consultative Group, and the International Micronutrient Advisory Group of Experts established by the World Health Organization. Current Research: Applied research in program evaluation and nutrition policies Multi-country research program to analyze the food security and nutrition implications of rapid urbanization in developing countries Research in the area of micronutrient deficiencies Countries of Expertise: Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti, Burundi, Mozambique, Ghana Language Skills: French, English, Spanish PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES 1996-1997: Elected member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on International Nutrition: Served on the Vitamin C in Food Aid Commodities committee (Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences) 1996-1998: Member of the Executive Committee of the Society for International Nutrition Research 1998-present: Member of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS)-Committee II/3 (Committee on Urbanization and Nutrition) 2000-present: Elected member of the International Zinc Consultative Group (IZiNCG) 2003-present: Appointed member of WHO’s International Micronutrient Advisory Group of Experts (IMAGE) 2008-present: Elected member of Helen Keller International HKI’s Program Advisory Committee (PAC) 2009-present: Member of the High Level Technical Group (GTAN) of the Study on the “Nutritional Dimensions of Social Protection Networks in Central America and the Dominican Republic” convened by the World Food Program (WFP), Regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean 2010-present: Elected member of a planning committee for two workshops organized by the National Academies’ Roundtable on Science and Technology focused on global food security. 2010-present: Elected member of the Independent Advisory Panel for the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) established by the Global Alliance for Nutrition (GAIN) 2010-present: Elected member of High Level Nutrition Advisory Group for the Millennium Villages Project PEER REVIEWER FOR: Journals: Appetite, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Food Policy, Food and Nutrition Bulletin, Health Policy and Planning, International Journal of Public Health, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Nutrition, Lancet, Pediatrics, PLoS Medicine, Public Health Nutrition, World Development, Salud Pública de Mexico, World Health Organization (WHO) Bulletin. Research proposals, books, reports abstracts for international conferences: proposals for AID Child Survival Program (1996-98); book for UNU-WIDER; book for Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Mexico; report for Mainstreaming Nutrition in Maternal and Child Health project for ICDDR,B; report for SUSTAIN; abstracts for Global Health Council, Experimental Biology, International Union of Nutritional Sciences, 3ie (International Initiative on Impact Evaluation). TEACHING EXPERIENCE Professor, Epidemiology, Masters in Nutrition, University of San Carlos/INCAP, Guatemala - Elaboration of the curriculum for 2 Epidemiology courses: Introductory and Advanced - Teaching the Advanced Nutritional Epidemiology course - Advisor to 3 graduate students (1994-1995) Assistant Visiting Professor, School of Public Health, Emory University (1995) Teaching Assistant, Cornell University; Graduate courses: - Advanced Epidemiology (1987 and 1989) - Methods for Conducting Meta-Analyses (1989) Teaching Assistant, Laval University; - Diet Therapy (1976) - Quantity Food Production, Administration of Food Production Systems (1979-1980)

Recent publications

  • Dietary diversity predicts the adequacy of micronutrient intake in pregnant adolescent girls and women in Bangladesh, but use of the 5-group Cutoff Poorly identifies individuals with inadequate intake

    • Nguyen P
    • Huybregts L
    • Sanghvi T
    • et al.
  • Nutrition-sensitive agriculture: What have we learned so far?

    • Ruel M
    • Quisumbing A
    • Balagamwala M

Professional experience

Director, Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA

January 2004 - Present

Senior Research Fellow

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA

January 2001 - January 2004(3 years)

Research Fellow

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA

January 1996 - January 2001(5 years)

Director, Health and Nutrition Division

Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama/Pan American Health Organization (INCAP/PAHO)

January 1993 - January 1996(3 years)


Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama/Pan American Health Organization (INCAP/PAHO)

January 1990 - January 1993(3 years)

Field Director, Growth monitoring and Nutrition Education Project in Lesotho, Southern Africa

Joint Programme Cornell Nutritional Surveillance Program and UNICEF-Eastern and Southern Africa

January 1985 - January 1987(2 years)

Field Director, Comparison of two types of powdered milk on the immune response of malnourished Hait

Laval University, Department of Nutrition

January 1979 - January 1980(a year)


Ph.D. International Nutrition (minors: agricultural economics; epidemiology)

Cornell University

September 1986 - May 1990(4 years)

M.S. Masters in Health Sciences, Nutrition

Laval University

September 1980 - May 1982(2 years)

C.E.C. Certificat en Enseignement Collégial (Teaching Certificate)

Laval University

September 1980 - May 1982(2 years)

B.S. Bachelor in Health Sciences, Dietetics

Laval University

September 1972 - May 1976(4 years)


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