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Bianca Carducci is a CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Berman Institute of Bioethics and Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She completed her PhD at University of Toronto with a Collaborative Specialization in Global Health where her dissertation aimed to improve the understanding of the food environment and its relationship with diet-related health outcomes in school-aged children and adolescents in low- and middle- income countries. 


Prior to this, she spent eight years at Centre for Global Child Health, SickKids where she led a variety of research, capacity building and advocacy projects on effective direct and indirect nutrition interventions, policies and best practices to promote optimal growth and development in children and adolescents globally. 

Her current program of research includes:

1) Developing and monitoring just food transformations in Planetary Health to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals;

2) Understanding the link between food systems, diets and nutrition through improved data.; and

3) Integrating nutrition within multi-sectoral policies, monitoring systems and programming, particularly in low- and middle- income countries.



Doctor of Philosophy

Nutritional Sciences
University of Toronto

Thesis: The Relationship Between Food Environments and Nutritional Status in School-aged Children and Adolescents in Low- and Middle- Income Countries: Evidence from Sindh, Pakistan

Collaborative Specialization in Global Health


Master of Science

Human Health and Nutrition

University of Guelph

Research on the inter-modal reliability and usability of a nutrition risk screen tool for preschoolers, Nutri-eSTEP, the online NutriSTEP® in collaboration with Dietitians of Canada


Bachelor of Science

University of Toronto



Bloomberg School of Public Health
Berman Institute of Bioethics
Johns Hopkins University

September 2022 - Present

Scaling-up evidence and action in food systems, climate change and health using a systems-level approach, including the exploration of sustainability and resilience


Centre for Global Child Health

April 2021 - May 2022

Leading systematic reviews on the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 in children and adolescents including disruption of school health and nutrition programs


Centre for Global Child Health

January 2016 - March 2021

Coordinating a broad range of maternal, child and adolescent health and nutrition research and capacity building projects in low- and middle- income countries



Centre for Global Child Health

September 2014 - December 2016

Developing e-learning content for the SickKids Public Health Nutrition Course, which included translating and transferring knowledge on 30 public health nutrition topics to healthcare professionals worldwide 


2022        Canadian Institutes of Health Research Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

2021        International Development Research Centre

2021       University of Toronto, Student Engagement Award

2020       Ontario Graduate Scholarship


Kalbarczyk A, Aberman N-L, van Asperen BSM, Morgan R, Bhutta Z, Carducci B, Heidkamp R, Osendarp S, Kumar N, Lartey A, Malapit H, Quisumbing A, and Fabrizio C. COVID-19, nutrition, and gender: An evidence-informed approach to gender-responsive policies and programs. Soc Sci Med. 2022;312:115364.

Carducci B, Wasan Y, Shakeel A, Hussain A, Baxter J, Rizvi A, Soofi S and Bhutta ZA. Characterizing Retail Food Environments in Peri-Urban Pakistan during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2022, 19(14), 8614


Baxter J*, Carducci B*, Kamali M, Zlotkin S and Bhutta ZA. Fortification of salt with iron and iodine versus fortification of salt with iodine alone for improving iron and iodine status. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2022, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD013463


Vaivada T, Lassi ZS, Irfan O, Salam RS, Das JK, Oh C, Carducci B, Jain R, Als D, Sharma N, Keats EC, Patton GC, Kruk ME, Black RE, and Bhutta ZA. What can work and how? An overview of evidence-based interventions and delivery strategies to support health and human development from before conception to 20 years. The Lancet. 2022, 399(10337):1810 - 1829

Oh C, Carducci B, Vaivada T and Bhutta ZA. Digital Interventions for Universal Health Promotion in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2022; 149 (Supplement 6): e2021053852H


Carducci B, Oh, C., Roth, D.E. et al. Gaps and priorities in assessment of food environments for children and adolescents in low- and middle-income countries. Nature Food. 2021, 2: 396–403


Carducci B, Keats EC, Bhutta ZA. Zinc supplementation in pregnancy for improvement of infant outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2021, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD000230


Carducci B, Keats EC, Ruel M, Haddad L, Osendarp S and Bhutta ZA. Food systems, diets and nutrition in the wake of COVID-19. Nature Food. 2021, 2: 68-70


Carducci B, Oh C, and Bhutta ZA. Addressing Hidden Hunger in School-aged Children and Adolescents within the Context of the Food System. In Biesalski HK (ed): Hidden Hunger and the Transformation of Food Systems. How to Combat the Double Burden of Malnutrition? World Rev Nutr Diet. Basel, Karger, 2020, vol 121

Carducci B, Oh C, Keats EC, Roth D, Bhutta ZA. Effect of Food Environment Interventions on Diet-related Health Outcomes in School-age Children and Adolescents in Low- and Middle- Income Countries. Current Developments in Nutrition. 2020, 4(7):nzaa098


Rockstrom J., Thilsted S., Willett W., Gordon L., Herrero M., Agustina R., Covic N., Forouhi N.G., Hicks C., Fano J., Kebreab E., Kremen C., Laxminarayan R., Marteau T., Monteiro C., Njuki J., Rivera J.A., Springmann M., Pan A., Pan W.H., Rao N., van Vuuren D., Vermeulen S., Webb P., Carducci B., Conti C., D’Croz D.M., Milutinovic S., DeClerck F. EAT-Lancet 2.0: Securing a Just Transformation to Healthy, Environmentally Sustainable Diets for All (Commentary). [Submitted to Lancet Planetary Health]

Carducci B, Kidd E, Dominguez G, Oh C, Jain R, Khan A and Bhutta ZA. School Food Environment and Nutrition Policies, Programs and Interventions in Canada: A systematic review. [Submitted to Nutrition Reviews]

Carducci B, Chen H, Campisi S, and Miliku K. Adolescence: Nutrition, Growth and Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease: Current Evidence, Possible Mechanisms, and Future Research Priorities. [Submitted to Nutrition Reviews]

Neupane S, Jangid M, Scott SP, Kim SS, Murira Z, Carducci B, Menon P and Heidkamp R. Nutrition Data Gaps are Wider Than Gaps in Existing National Policies and Programs of Eight Countries in South Asia. [Submitted to Maternal and Child Nutrition]

Carducci B, Dominguez G, Kidd E, Janes K, Owais A and Bhutta ZA. Pivoting School Health and Nutrition Programs During COVID-19: A scoping review. [Revisions submitted to J of Global Health]

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