Year: 2018

Symposium on Linear Growth and Neurodevelopment Programmed for Nutrition 2018

Nutrition 2018

Sunday, June 10, Hynes Convention Center, Ballroom C

Full Schedule

An estimated 155 million children are stunted and stunted growth is consistently associated with delayed cognitive development. This strong and consistent association has led to the widespread use of stunted growth as an indicator of delayed neurodevelopment. Interventions that decrease stunting are assumed to improve neurodevelopment. Likewise, it is commonly assumed that a country’s progress in reducing stunting will correspond to improving children’s brain development. These assumptions are only valid if the same underlying factors cause both linear growth failure and delayed neurodevelopment. An alternative possibility is that linear growth and neurodevelopment are constrained by different co-occurring environmental risk factors. If this is the case, then reducing the prevalence of stunting through an intervention or through a country’s progress over time may not correspond to improvements in children’s neurodevelopment. The goal of this symposium is to present novel evidence to test these two contrasting possibilities. With new analyses of large longitudinal cohort studies and meta-analyses, the presentations will address extent to which the determinants of linear growth faltering and delayed neurodevelopment are independent versus shared, and compare the effects of various types of interventions on each outcome.

Prado presents at the UC Davis Nutrition Update Symposium

Dr. Prado recently presented at the UC Davis Nutrition Update Symposium held at Putah Creek Lodge. This two-day symposium brought together UC Davis Nutrition Department faculty and UC Cooperative Extension professionals from UC ANR, UC CalFresh, and members from the Center for Nutrition in Schools.  The symposium was a valuable opportunity to strengthen the collaborations between the Department of Nutrition, associated units and schools, and UC Cooperative Extension throughout the state. Attendees of the symposium underscored the importance of continual and future partnerships to coordinate campus-based and county-based research with nutrition and health programs delivered throughout the state of California.   Dr. Prado presented on the “Effects of Dietary and Caregiving Interventions during Early Life on Child Development.”


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