Raghavan R, Rohner F, Raiten DJ
August 2014 – IDD Newsletter
The Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development (BOND) project began in 2010 to improve data on micronutrient deficiencies and to facilitate the assessments of micronutrient deficiencies globally. One of the important objectives of the BOND project is to translate the existing evidence from expert panels to the wider audience through the BOND website. In an effort to disseminate information to organizations and professionals addressing iodine deficiency, BOND recently released the Iodine Query Based System – an interactive tool that advises users on the most appropriate biomarkers depending on their specific needs. In addition to recommending an iodine biomarker, the QBS informs users of lab methods and cut-off values for a given biomarker. In the future, BOND will launch similar query systems for folate, zinc, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin B12.