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Arram Noshirvan, Brenda Wu (center left and right) with collaborators

UCD medical students research birth prevalence of defects following fortification of wheat at Cameroon

Brenda Wu and Arram Noshirvan, medical students with the UC Davis School of Medicine, received Medical Student Research Fellowships to travel to Cameroon to work on a research study which aims to assess the change in birth prevalence of neural tube defects following fortification of wheat flour with folic acid.


Kathryn Dewey

Dewey appointed for Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine welcomes Dr. Kathryn Dewey for a three-year term starting from 2017 to 2020.


Joanne Arsenault Speaking

UC Davis World Food Center holds workshop on "Aligning the Food System to Meet Dietary Needs: Fruits and Vegetables"

The UC Davis World Food Center organized a workshop on "Aligning the Food System to Meet Dietary Needs: Fruits and Vegetables," on June 2-3, 2017, at the UC Davis Conference Center in collaboration with the Program in International and Community Nutrition and the Horticulture Innovation Lab.


Reina Engle-Stone & Steve Vosti

Nutrition proposal has ‘transformative potential’ for Haiti: UC Davis team advises fortifying nation’s wheat supply

She aspires to provide nutritious food to every malnourished child; he wants to do so as efficiently as possible. Together, they and their UC Davis team and in-country collaborators have won global recognition for their proposals to help boost Haiti out of poverty. Agricultural economist Stephen Vosti, nutritionist Reina Engle-Stone and their colleagues weighed the benefits and costs of five nutrition-focused interventions to address the dismal conditions in the tiny Caribbean nation, hampered by ineffective development policies and buffeted by devastating hurricanes that have hindered recovery from an even more deadly 2010 earthquake.


Ken Brown

Brown receives Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Pediatric Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Kenneth Brown received the “Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Pediatric Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award” from the American Society for Nutrition at Experimental Biology 2017 in Chicago. The award recognizes a researcher whose lifetime body of work includes meaningful contributions towards childhood nutrition in health and disease globally.


Adult hands hold baby's feet

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

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

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

Hanqi Luo wins best poster in the IC-FOODS conference

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

Muzi Na wins 1st place in Elevator Pitch Contest

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.

Lindsay Allen

Lindsay Allen wins Mathile Institute Award for Career Achievement in Evidence Translation

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.

Carrie Waterman

Carrie Waterman's research on Moringa featured on Huffington Post

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

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.


Bangladesh study

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.


Faculty Recruitment

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 Barrfour

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

Kendra Byrd and Juliana Haber

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

Lacey Baldiviez

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.


Endowment Spotlight

Invest in the future

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.


Kathryn Dewey

Dr. Kathryn G. Dewey

Dewey receives 2014-2015 McCollum International Lectureship in Nutrition Award

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.


African Child

Photo by Steve Vosti

UC Davis PICN faculty partner in $8.3 million effort to fight childhood malnutrition

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.

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Photo by Steve Vosti

Tiny Packets of Hope

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.


Malidol Award

Brown receives Prince Mahidol Award for zinc deficiency work

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.