Stanley Zlotkin, MD, PhD, is a professor of Paediatrics, Public Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. In 1980 he was appointed to the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children as a senior scientist and continues to hold that position today. Stanley and his Programme, the Sprinkles Global Health Initiative, has focused on research and advocacy to control micronutrient malnutrition in children.
Challenged by UNICEF to come up with a viable and reproducible solution to the problem of micronutrient malnutrition, Zlotkin and his research team developed the concept of micronutrient powders for ‘home-fortification’ of complementary foods.
Stanley is past chair of the Canadian Paediatric Society Nutrition Committee, participated in the Institute of Medicine’s DRI - Dietary Reference Intakes- process for establishing Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDAs) for minerals and vitamins, and is a frequent consultant to governments and United Nations agencies on issues related to paediatric nutrition. In 2006 he received the prestigious ‘CIHR National Knowledge Translation Award’ for “outstanding contributions to the health of children worldwide”.
He was awarded the HJ Heinz Humanitarian Award in 2001 for his international contribution to the health of children globally, and he was recently awarded the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour in Canada. He was awarded an International Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.