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Professor Helmut Heseker

Portrait of Professor Helmut Heseker

Since 1997 Dr. Heseker has been Professor of nutritional sciences at the Institute of Nutrition, Consumption and Health, Paderborn University, Germany. He holds a diploma in human nutrition and a Ph.D. from Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen.

In 2007 he spent six months as a visiting scientist at Jean Mayer HNRCA at Tufts University Tufts University, Boston (MA), working on the risks and benefits of folic acid fortification.

Dr. Heseker is currently the principal investigator of a large F&D project to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity of children and youth in the area of Paderborn, starting with an intensive counselling of midwifes, gynaecologists and pregnant women, parents, nursery teachers and paediatricians. He has published more than two hundred original papers in scientific journals in German or in English language, including reviews, textbook chapters and full papers presented at national and international scientific conferences. Dr Heseker is also editor of the largest German nutritional journal Ernaehrungs Umschau, member of the editorial board and acts as a reviewer on several scientific journal panels


  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Nutrition and health in the elderly
  • Nutrition and health education
  • Vitamins
  • Food additives
  • Nutrition and health in children and young people


2013 – Present IUNS Officer (Treasurer)

2010 – Present German Nutrition Society, President.

1997 – Present Institute of Nutrition, Consumption and Health, University of Paderborn, Professor in Human Nutrition.

1996 – 1997 Federal Institute for Health Protection of Consumers and Veterinary Medicine (BgVV), Berlin, Scientific Director 1993 – 1996 University of Paderborn, Substitute Professorship

1980 – 1993 Institution of Nutritional Sciences University of Giessen, Researcher.