IRRI scientist inspires new health leaders in global forum

 Alaric Santiaguel   |  

The International Rice Research Institute participated in the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015 to identify innovative solutions to the world’s unmet health needs.

In a pre-forum activity entitled, “New Leaders for Health,” Inez Slamet-Loedin, IRRI senior scientist and head of the  Genetic Transformation Laboratory, discussed the institute’s work on nutrition, climate-smart, and biofortified rice.

“Genetic modification and biofortification of rice are complementary approaches that can provide micronutrients since rice is highly consumed in many parts of the world,”  said Dr. Slamet-Loedin. “Food security will remain a major challenge that is why we need climate-smart and more nutritious rice,” she added.

The pre-forum is in conjunction with the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015, where Dr. Robert Zeigler, IRRI’s director general, delivered a talk on food production and food security.

The Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health was held on 24-27 August at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. It was hosted by the Philippine government and organized by the Council on Health Research for Development.