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Center for Human Nutrition

Maternal and Child Nutrition

Studies focus on the epidemiology of pregnancy outcomes (i.e., how maternal nutritional status relates to fetal and infant survival and health) and the short- and long-term consequences of poor prenatal and postnatal growth and development. Investigators are exploring new research into the fetal origins of adult-onset diseases and nutritional and environmental factors influencing fetal and child neurobehavioral development. Current research is underway in Bangladesh, India, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, the United States, Zanzibar and Zimbabwe.

Highlights
Mortality Rates Reduced among Children Whose Mothers Received Iron-folic Acid Supplements

“In a setting where maternal iron deficiency and anemia are common, we found a 31 percent reduction in childhood mortality due to maternal antenatal and postnatal supplementation with iron-folic acid compared to a control,” said lead author Associate Professor Parul Christian. <More>

Mother and Child