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Nation's Pediatricians Recognize Local Doctor Kenneth H. Brown

Kenneth H. Brown, MD, FAAP, emeritus distinguished professor for the Department of Nutrition and Institute for Global Nutrition at the University of California, Davis, has been awarded the Samuel J. Fomon Nutrition Award by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

This prestigious annual award recognizes an individual or a project for outstanding achievement in research relating to the nutrition of infants and children.

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.

Rochelle Werner and Demewoz Haile Woldegebreal Recognized as Finalists for the American Society for Nutrition’s Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Abstract Recognition Award Program

Rochelle Werner and Demewoz Haile Woldegebreal have been named as finalists in the topic areas of (1) Global Nutrition and (2) Nutritional Epidemiology, respectively, by the Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Abstract Recognition Award Program, a program of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) which recognizes the highest quality research presented by students and young investigators at NUTRITION 2021 LIVE ONLINE.

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.

Bess Caswell and Rochelle Werner Recognized as American Society for Nutrition Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Finalists

Bess Caswell and Rochelle Werner have been named as Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Finalists in the topic areas of (1) Maternal, Perinatal and Pediatric Nutrition and (2) Global Nutrition, respectively. The Emerging Leaders is a program of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) to recognize the highest quality research presented by students and young investigators at NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE. 

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.

Dr. Lawrence Haddad, Distinguished Speaker Series in Research and Innovation Inaugural Event

The Institute for Global Nutrition and the Office of Research will be co-hosting the inaugural event of the Distinguished Speaker Series in Research and Innovation featuring British economist and food policy researcher Dr. Lawrence Haddad, who will speak on the topic of “Moving towards a healthier food system.” The event will be held on January 29th, 2020 at 4:00 pm in the UC Davis Conference Center.

Dr. Dewey Participates in the 2019 Nobel Prize Dialogue in Berlin, Germany

On November 8th, Dr. Kathryn Dewey participated in the Nobel Prize Dialogue Towards Health: Equality, Responsibility and Research. The 2019 event, held in Berlin Germany, aimed to stimulate discussion on a topical science-related theme by bringing together Nobel Laureates, the world’s leading scientists, key opinion leaders, policy makers, different interest groups and the general public, online as well as on-site.

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.

Steve Vosti Honored with Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement

For the third year, UC Davis honored those on campus advancing the research, teaching, and service mission of UC Davis through their international engagement with Chancellor’s Awards for International Engagement. This year’s faculty and staff awardees—who span agricultural and resource economics, emergency medicine, history, and human resources—were recognized by Chancellor Gary S. May for their outstanding international engagement at the International Connections Reception hosted by Global Affairs on March 7.