Prof. Michael Krawinkel


Professor emeritus, Human Nutrition with focus on Developing Countries and Pediatrics, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Institute of Nutritional Sciences, Germany

After undergraduate education in human medicine and doctoral degree (1977) Michael Krawinkel worked in pediatric university hospitals at Bonn and Kiel, Germany. In 1981-83 he was medical officer in the Primary Health Care Program of the Southern Region of the Republic of Sudan. In 1991 he graduated as postdoctoral lecturer for pediatrics at Kiel University and in 1998 he got appointed on a chair for ‘Human nutrition with focus on nutrition in developing countries’. In 2016 he retired age-related.

Besides lecturing in Giessen he also lectures at the University of Vienna, Austria, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

The research focus is on nutrition-related non-communicable diseases, improving complementary feeding, and provision of micronutrients through diverse diets. In pediatrics, care for children with chronic gut failure, was the main focus. Research was and is mostly funded by the German Federal Ministry of Nutrition and Agriculture, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Krawinkel has been an advisor for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, WHO, FAO, DAAD, gtz, kfw, and the German Agro Action. As executive director he represented the International Society of Tropical Pediatrics in the Standing Committee of the International Pediatric Association (2007-2013) and led the German Association for Tropical Pediatrics (1999-2012).

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