Research Activities

Coalition of Nutrition Leaders Calls for Global Scale-Up of a Cost-Effective Intervention Developed at UC Davis that Prevents Child Malnutrition and Mortality

A nutrient-rich diet plays a critical role in the first two years of a young child’s life, to support the rapid growth and development that occurs during that period. Yet, millions of vulnerable children all over the world lack access to a diet that is nutritionally adequate, a crisis that has prompted a coalition of nutrition leaders to recommend scaling-up provision of a novel fortified food-based supplement to prevent child malnutrition and mortality among vulnerable children 6–23 months of age.

Preventing Child Malnutrition and Promoting Healthy Development

A small sachet of a fortified food-based supplement added to young children’s daily diets in low- and middle-income countries has shown remarkable results in preventing child mortality and malnutrition, while also promoting healthy development. The new findings from researchers at the University of California, Davis, based on an analysis combining data from 14 trials, were published in a series of four papers in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Carrie Waterman Awarded UC Global Health Institute Grant on Food Justice & Health Equity

The pilot UC Global Health Institute (GHI) Center of Expertise (COE) will host a Virtual Webinar Series May-December 2021 on Food Justice & Health Equity with interviews and discussions from researchers and activists spanning California, the US, Brazil, the Caribbean, and Africa which will be compiled on a real-time One Health Food Justice website. The COE will make transformative shifts to address and resolve systemic racism within global health through a collaborative and codesign process.

Beth Prado and Seth Adu-Afarwuah launch new project examining long-term neural effects of early nutrition in Ghana

On February 27, 2020, Dr. Elizabeth Prado and Dr. Seth Adu-Afarwuah launched a new project in Ghana funded by $2,600,000 from the US National Institutes of Health. The project will be the first long-term follow-up in Africa of a randomized controlled trial in which the intervention group received a fortified food during most of the first 1000 days, from early pregnancy through 18 months of age.

Could adding folic acid to salt curb Ethiopia’s sky-high rate of spinal cord deformities?

University of California, Davis Emeritus Professor Kenneth Brown lead a team of U.S., Canadian and Dutch scientists working with ReachAnother Foundation and experts at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) to develop a plan to address the high incidence of neural tube defects. The result was an issue brief released by EPHI in May, titled “Preventing Neural Tube Defects in Ethiopia”, that recommended the government consider salt fortification.

Nutrient Supplements Significantly Reduce Child Deaths

More than half of child deaths worldwide stem from preventable causes, such as adverse effects from malnutrition. A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Davis, finds that child mortality significantly drops when children receive nutritional supplements rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.

Moringa - The Next Superfood

The “Miracle Tree” That Could Help Feed the World

By Amy Quinton on October 9, 2018 in Food & Agriculture

THERE'S NOTHING SUPER-LOOKING ABOUT MORINGA. It’s skinny and sparse in foliage. Its fragile branches sprout puny white flowers and droop with long twisted pods knobby with seeds. But if plants were superheroes, then moringa would be Iron Man.