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Center for Human Nutrition

Center for Human Nutrition

Our goal is to conduct research, teach and train tomorrow’s nutrition leaders, and advocate evidenced approaches to improve nutrition throughout life.  Our view is global, our actions are in context. 

Center faculty are presently conducting research to

  1. Address Hidden Hunger:  revealing consequences of maternal and child micronutrient deficiencies and benefits of their prevention on health, cognition, growth and survival
  2. Frame the obesity epidemic: through epidemiology and systems science
  3. Tackle obesity: testing strategies to provide healthier food choices, lose weight, and reduce diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  4. Test interventions: improving survival, diet, growth, cognition and gut health through child feeding, water-sanitation-hygiene, and nutrition education 
  5. Change home behavior: fostering mother-child interactions and a more nurturing home environment 
  6. Discover biomarkers:  exploring the plasma proteome for ways to predict nutritional deficiencies and inflammation in populations
  7. Prevent cancer:  testing bioactive foods and reducing mycotoxins in the environment 
  8. Link agriculture to nutrition: testing biofortified foods, unpacking effects of food insecurity, surveying populations for ways to add value to the food chain.