Niva Shapira CV

Niva Shapira Ph.D., R.D., Agr.

Dr. Niva Shapira completed her Msc and Ph.D in nutrition at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research topics were nutrition and fertility (1969) and overfeeding and lipogenesis (1976). Following her post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan, which included specialization in human ecology, she returned as a researcher and lecturer in this area to the Hebrew University, Faculty of Agriculture, School of Nutrition and Dietetics in Rehovot. Following her sabbatical at the University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital (1982), where she focused on the glycemic index and nutritional prevention of fatty liver, she received her certification in clinical nutrition (R&D), and returned to lecturing at Tel Aviv University, Medical - School (1984-2009), R&D for the Agri-Food industry and to clinical work in the community. Her work in development of ‘functional foods’ led to several international patents. She served as the head consultant for nutritional R&D at Strauss, Ltd. (1994-2009), and has developed novel nutritional concepts and products in the area of probiotics, bone health, post-infancy nutrition, and promotion of the Mediterranean Diet principal in prepared foods. Her research areas have included gender differences in nutritional physiology, with a focus on women’s specific requirements; early prevention of breast cancer from adolescence; functional-physiological influence of food components; nutritional prevention of solar skin damage; healthy agriculture products like designer eggs and fish; and perinatal nutrition for peak brain development.
Dr. Shapira has participated in the establishment of complementary nutrition in the framework of medical services in Israel, led dietary projects in Africa, been an invited speaker for perinatal nutrition in India and a presenter at international scientific conferences, published research in the professional literature, and written for and been interviewed in the media, and is active in nutrition-related community initiatives and promotion of fundamental infrastructure in prevention of nutritional poverty as an essential basis for development, health, and lifelong performance.