University of Colorado wins grant for research to improve infant nutrition
December 20, 2012
The University of Colorado recently received a five-year $11 million grant
from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to research whether better nutrition during earlier stages of pregnancy, including the time before conception, can reduce infant malnutrition and growth retardation.
Investigators within the university's pediatrics nutrition department and school of medicine have previously found intervening after a child is born to provide healthy, nutrient-dense diets does not have a strong enough impact. Therefore, Michael Hambidge, professor emeritus principal investigator, and Nancy Krebs, professor within the pediatrics department and school of medicine, are investigating how micronutrient-fortified lipid-based supplements benefit women and their babies when delivered regularly beginning at least three months before conception, and comparing those results with women who are given the same supplement starting at 12 weeks gestation.
Krebs explained that, "the challenge to improve the nutritional health of women before they become pregnant is very daunting, but the beneficial pay-off is potentially profound."
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