Dr. Reina Engle-Stone’s office has a colorful map of the world and some of the ephemera around her desk includes a Ziploc bag of aromatic bouillon cubes from Cameroon, in West Africa, where she’s done a lot of her research.
Her focus is micronutrients. Specifically, assessing whether large populations are getting enough of them (or sometimes too much), and then making recommendations about nutritional fortification.
A formal Designated Emphasis in International and Community Nutrition is available to doctoral students in participating graduate programs.
Successful completion of the requirements for the Designated Emphasis will be recognized on the student's diploma at the time of awarding the doctoral degree. For example, students of the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology will receive a "Ph.D. in Nutritional Biology with emphasis in International and Community Nutrition".
For nearly 35 years, UC Davis distinguished nutrition professor and PICN Director Kathryn Dewey has been a leader in research on maternal and child nutrition, infant feeding, and assessment of child growth. Her work has contributed key evidence prompting changes in global policies and guidelines.
The UC Davis Program in International and Community Nutrition (PICN) coordinates research and training activities concerning human nutrition problems of low-income countries, and of ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups in the United States. PICN also offers a Designated Emphasis program for doctoral students in participating graduate programs.
The specific objectives of the PICN are:
- To conduct basic and applied research on issues of human nutrition relevant to low-income and disadvantaged populations.
- To plan and manage the educational curriculum leading to a Designated Emphasis (minor) in International and Community Nutrition for doctoral students of the participating graduate programs, and to coordinate training activities for other graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
- To provide technical assistance to national governments and international agencies concerned with food and nutrition policies.
- To foster collaborative exchanges of students and faculty between UC Davis and research and training institutions abroad.
Malnutrition is a leading cause of death in young children throughout the world. For infants and children under the age of two, the consequences of malnutrition are particularly severe, often irreversible. Improved nutrition for mothers and young children is one of the best investments we can make to achieve lasting progress in global health and development.
Join us in making a difference in the fight against malnutrition by making a donation to our fund to establish an endowed chair in maternal and infant nutrition in the Department of Nutrition.
- Dewey, Matias, and Mridha publish articles showing that children get physical and intellectual boost from lipid-based nutrient supplements
- Reina Engle-Stone helping to improve health in developing countries with flour and oil
- Beth Prado lead author on paper showing impact of prenatal vitamins on cognitive development in children
- Hanqi Luo wins best poster in the IC-FOODS
- Muzi Na wins 1st place in Elevator Pitch Contest
- Carrie Waterman's research on moringa featured on Huffington Post
- Kathryn Dewey leads study showing that lipid-based prenatal supplement improves infant health and nutrition in Bangladesh
- Maxwell Barffour receives the Young Scientist Award at the Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau Germany
- Latest "Nutrition News for Africa" posted
PICN Seminars are now available online.
Senior Lecturer, King's College, London, United Kingdom
Early life nutritional programming of health and disease in The Gambia
Professor, UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics
Intra-household dynamics and childhood health and nutrition in Burkina Faso
Staff Scientist, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute
Strategies for Assessing Biomarkers of Zinc Status: Application of Dried Blood Spots
Distinguished Professor, ARE, UC Davis
Linkages between US Farm policy and obesity trends