Prof Cornelie Nienaber-Rousseau is considered by Metafact, an online platform with a quest to dig into scientific information to deliver only verified facts to their audience, to be a verified expert. Their mission is to connect people with trusted evidence on questions that impact their lives, societies and the world around them. Cornelie has been acknowledged as an expert by Metafact since 2019, when they asked her to contribute to questions regarding nutrition and inflammation. Since then, she has been a partner in Metafact and delivers valuable, evidence-based information on a regular basis.
In an interview with Cornelie on these successes, she humbly shares her story: “My research journey started after enrolling for an honours degree in Nutrition in 2005 at the North-West University (NWU) and then for a master’s degree in Nutrition in 2006. My master’s degree built upon the haemostasis research of my honours project. After receiving my MSc degree I continued with a PhD.”
Highlights in Cornelie’s career include receiving the Unilever Nutrition Award in 2010, a staff exchange programme of the European South African Partnership for Nutrition Research after completing her PhD, and being promoted to associate professor in 2018 by the NWU School of Physiology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences.
She enjoys writing articles for Metafact, as she feels that it is part of her contribution to the community: “I am grateful to Metafact, who connects people with accurate evidence-based health information, and giving me the opportunity to become a better science communicator.”
The topics that Prof Cornelie discussed in Metafact include:
• Does diet impact fertility?
• Does turmeric reduce inflammation?
• Does apple cider vinegar help with weight loss?
• Are vitamin C supplements necessary for maintaining good health?
• Can vitamin D deficiency cause depression?
• Do multivitamins make you healthier?
• Is there an “obesity” gene?
• Are artificial sweeteners better for you than their sugary counterparts?
• Can excess sugar intake lead to inflammation-related health issues?
To read more of Prof Cornelie’s articles, visit the Metafact website at www.metafact.io
Metafact also has a dedicated space called Consensus on their website where many independent experts in a field write summaries communicating the facts on important questions. Prof Cornelie is busy writing a Consensus article about eggs and health, which will soon be published.
We are extremely proud to have a researcher of Prof Cornelie’s calibre on the staff of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the NWU and we are looking forward to her future endeavours and successes.
Prof Cornelie Nienaber-Rousseau