Optimizing Nutrition for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Scientific Organizers: Emily Smith, Anura Kurpad and Farhad Imam
Date: October 21 - 24, 2020
Location: Le Meridien New Delhi, New Delhi, India
Maternal undernutrition leads to adverse pregnancy outcomes and poor fetal growth; maternal and child undernutrition together are responsible for nearly half of all child deaths globally. The first 1,000 days, including fetal life and early infancy, are key periods of growth and organogenesis. Nutrient availability during this time influences growth, development, and metabolic programming - with implications for health and disease in later infancy and childhood. Despite the clear biological importance of maternal and newborn nutrition, our understanding of the basic biology linking nutrition to healthy growth and development is poor. And research into innovative approaches to improving maternal nutrition and enhancing nutrition for vulnerable infants and newborns is lacking. We propose to bring together population health scientists, clinical trialists, placental and breastmilk biologists, and experts in modern molecular and metabolic methods to address the unique nutritional challenges of women and infants in LMICs. Specifically, this symposium will i) encourage interdisciplinary research in maternal/fetal, newborn, and early infant nutrition (which has been understudied) and ii) connect global nutrition and molecular nutrition experts for future collaboration.
Registration opens in January 2020