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

March 09, 2020

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

December 20, 2019
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

December 04, 2019

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?

November 26, 2019

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

November 07, 2019
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

June 20, 2019
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.

Moringa - The Next Superfood

October 14, 2018
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.

Stewart to receive 2018 Norman Kretchmer Memorial Award in Nutrition and Development

February 21, 2018
Christine Stewart has been selected to receive the 2018 Norman Kretchmer Memorial Award in Nutrition and Development. This American Society for Nutrition (ASN) award is given to a young investigator for a substantial body of independent research in the field of nutrition and development with potential relevance to improving child health.

Prado and colleagues examine associations between maternal nutrition, maternal cognition, and caregiving in Malawi

November 04, 2017

Many pregnant women, especially first-time mothers, spend time learning new information about how to care for themselves during pregnancy and planning for caring for their newborn child. After giving birth, mothers are constantly trying to figure out the puzzle of what their infant is trying to communicate to them and how they can best care for their babies' needs. Mothers need optimal cognitive performance, such as the ability to focus and pay attention, memory, and reasoning to do this well, and adequate nutrient intake is necessary for the brain to perform these skills.