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Rose Okoyo Opiyo

University of Nairobi

Country: Kenya

Institution: University of Nairobi

Area of Research: Effect of fish oil Omega- 3 fatty acids on reduction of depressive symptoms among HIV - seropositive pregnant women


Bio:

Rose Okoyo Opiyo is a Public Health Nutrition specialist, lecturer, mentor and researcher at the Department of Public and Global Health, University of Nairobi, Kenya. She also supports nutrition training and research at the East Africa Kidney Institute of the University of Nairobi. She holds a PhD in Human Nutrition (University of Nairobi) courtesy of CARTA PhD Fellowship (2015). Her PhD research was a randomized controlled trial on “Effect of fish oil omega-3 fatty acids on reduction of depressive symptoms among HIV-seropositive pregnant women”. Rose is an active researcher with interest in maternal and child nutrition, school child nutrition, nutrition-diseases and food security. Her aspirations post-PhD were to be a research leader in Public Health Nutrition through active involvement in research through publications in peer-reviewed scientific open access journals, research grant management, collaborative research work and mentorship of students in research. She has over 10 research publications in peer reviewed scientific journals. Her most recently completed studies were on “Adherence to dietary prescription among patients with chronic kidney diseases on haemodialysis” and “Food environment and obesity among school children in Nairobi and Kisumu”. She is currently working on “Dietary Management of Chronic Diseases in Older Adults in the Context of Covid-19” and “Improving nutritional management and support for patients living with chronic kidney disease”. Rose is also a member of the Kenya National Nutrition Information Technical Working Group and National Scaling Up Nutrition Academic and Research Network where she provides nutrition technical support. As a trainer, researcher, leader and technical adviser, Rose is able to effectively work independently and in a multidisciplinary team towards a common goal.