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Dewey, Matias, and Mridha publish articles showing that children get physical and intellectual boost from lipid-based nutrient supplements
Moms and dads caught in the frenzy of raising little ones probably don't realize it, but the first 1,000 days of their children's lives truly are "golden" - precious, that is, in their implications for future growth and development.
Reina Engle-Stone helping to improve health in developing countries with flour and oil
Reina Engle-Stone was halfway through her biology degree at Cornell University when she discovered global nutrition.
Her introduction was a nutritional epidemiology class, and almost immediately she was hooked. “You could take biology and apply it to other things. I thought, this is great, this is what I want to do,” she says.
Beth Prado lead author on paper showing impact of prenatal vitamins on cognitive development in children
For all the moms who obediently popped their prenatal vitamins during pregnancy while wondering if the supplements could actually benefit their babies, an international research group has the answer, and it’s a resounding “yes.”
Hanqi Luo, UC Davis PhD Candidate of PICN and Epidemiology, won the best poster and $500 in the IC-FOODS conference Data/Information/ Visualization at IC-Foods new International Conference + Consortium + Center for Food Ontology, Operability, Data and Semantics held Nov 7-9th, 2016 at UC Davis. Hanqi’s poster was titled “The Development of a Dietary Model to Predict the Effect of Micronutrient Interventions in Cameroon.”
The UC Davis Department of Food Science together with the Ag Sustainability Institute, the Shields Library, and Research Informatics at the School of Medicine hosted faculty, staff and students at this first of its kind conference, dedicated to building the Internet of Food.
Muzi Na, a postdoctoral scholar at the PICN, won 1st place in the Elevator Pitch Contest on Micronutrient Innovation and Entrepreneurship, October 24, 2016. The Contest was held in Cancun, Mexico as part of the annual International Micronutrient Forum.
As the winner, Muzi presented her pitch idea “Empowering Rural Chinese Communities on Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices Through Mobile Health Technology" at the Gala Dinner to an audience of over 600 participants.
The Micronutrient Forum Mathile Institute Award for Career Achievement in Evidence Translation was awarded to Dr. Lindsay Allen, USDA-ARS Director of the Western Human Nutrition Research Center (WHNRC) and Research Professor at UC Davis. The award was presented at the Micronutrient Forum global conference in Cancun, Mexico, 24 – 28 October 2016.
This award recognized Dr. Allen as a senior career individual who has made a substantial contribution to the translation of evidence for policy making and program development in nutrition, with particular focus on micronutrients. This award is designed to recognize the career achievements of a senior scientist, policy maker or program implementer who has made a substantial contribution to the translation and utilization of evidence for policy making and/or program development.
Research on moringa by PICN seminar speaker Dr. Carrie Waterman was the focus of Amy Beaudreault’s Blog on the Huffington Post. Dr. Waterman is a National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Career Development Grant recipient at UC Davis.
Her recent PICN seminar on "Meet Moringa, a Medicinal Superfood Ready for Development" is available for viewing online.
Dr. Md Iqbal Hossain awarded the International Healthcare Award
Dr. Md Iqbal Hossain, an alumni of the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology and the Program in International and Community Nutrition at UC Davis, has been awarded the International Healthcare Award. The award was presented in a recently held International Conference on Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatobiliary Transplant and Nutrition, February 11-14, 2016 in Jaipur, India.
The conference was attended by 1,300 participants and delegates from 100 countries. The award was given to Dr. Hossain considering his excellent clinical service, world class research and teaching activities over 30 years of his medical career dedicated for the improvement of children's health.
Lipid-based prenatal supplement improves infant health and nutrition in Bangladesh
Since 2008, Kathryn Dewey has coordinated a massive, international research effort called the “iLiNS”, or International Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements Project. The project focuses on formulating and evaluating cost-effective, lipid-based supplements — much like peanut butter — that have shown promise for improving nutrition for children and women in impoverished nations.
Recent results indicate that fortified, lipid- or fat-based nutritional supplements provided during pregnancy to women in Bangladesh reduced stunting, abnormally low weight and small head size in babies born to these women.
Recruitment - Assistant/Associate Professor of Community and Global Nutrition with a preferred emphasis in Maternal and Child Nutrition
The Department of Nutrition in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant/Associate Professor of Community and Global Nutrition with a preferred emphasis in Maternal and Child Nutrition. This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant/Associate Professor tenure-track position with teaching, research, outreach/engagement and service responsibilities and includes the expectation that the appointee will conduct mission-oriented research and outreach/engagement of relevance to California communities and stakeholders, and the land-grant mission.
Maxwell Barffour receives the Young Scientist Award at the Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau Germany
At the 65th Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau Germany, the PICN post-doctoral research fellow, Maxwell Barffour, received the Young Scientist Award in recognition of his research and interest in malaria, anemia and micronutrient status.
Kendra Byrd and Juliana Haber receive 2014-2015 UCGHI GloCal Health Fellowships
The UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI) has announced the 2014-2015 cohort of UCGHI GloCal Health Fellows. Two PICN students, Kendra Byrd and Juliana Haber, were among the recipients.
Lacey Baldiviez wins Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
PICN graduate Lacey Baldiviez has been recognized for her contributions to teaching, learning and students’ lives as a winner of the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2014.
Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Kathryn “Kay” Dewey (above left) has helped change global policies that affect the health and well-being of the youngest and most vulnerable members of society. An endowed faculty position will ensure that this critical work continues into the future.
Dr. Kathryn Dewey has been selected as the recipient of the 2014-2015 E.V. McCollum International Lectureship in Nutrition Award by the American Society for Nutrition.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, will join in an international research effort to develop new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent malnutrition in infants and children around the world.
Images of mud huts, lush jungle growth and rust-colored soil flash across Steve Vosti’s computer screen as the UC Davis economist scans photos of some of his research sites.
UC Davis nutritionist and pediatrician Kenneth Brown is one of five researchers and physicians from around the world recently named to receive the prestigious Prince Mahidol Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the fields of medicine and public health.