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Making a Splash in the New “Water Security” Journal

Making a Splash in the New “Water Security” Journal

This week, our paper came out in the new journal “Water Security”. In it, we argue that water security shouldn’t be seen as merely the sufficiency of water as an object, H2O, but should be reconceptualized and explicitly linked to broader social and political relations that […]

Reporting on Water Quality Testing Methods in Western Kenya

Reporting on Water Quality Testing Methods in Western Kenya

Our paper about human sensory perceptions of water quality and the tools used to quantify bacterial load in water was recently published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. In January 2016, Shalean Collins, Patrick Mbullo, and Joshua Miller collected water samples at […]

Undergrads Hard at Work During the Summer

Undergrads Hard at Work During the Summer

Tracy and Julia, Northwestern undergraduates, are two of the students who have been hard at work this summer for the Young Research Group. Tracy and Julia have been focusing on data analyses for SNAP, our agro-ecological study in Tanzania, and HWISE, our global household water insecurity experiences scale development study, respectively. Stay tuned for their findings!

HWISE Study Gets a Home

HWISE Study Gets a Home

We are proud to announce the creation of a new website for our Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) study. The site documents the history of the project, its scientific grounding, its scope (we are currently at 18 sites globally), and will be updated regularly to […]

Perinatal Depression Among HIV-Infected Women in KwaZulu-Natal

Perinatal Depression Among HIV-Infected Women in KwaZulu-Natal

Congrats to Emily Tuthill (center) and the team on the publication of our paper, which describes the role of maternal mental health in infant feeding practices among South African women. In this paper, we found that depression is associated with lower rates of exclusive breastfeeding. Indeed, […]

Dr. Beth Widen: A K99/R01 at UT Austin!

Dr. Beth Widen: A K99/R01 at UT Austin!

Dr. Beth Widen recently completed her post-doc and joined the University of Texas at Austin as a faculty member, where she is currently working on her NIH/NICHD K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award. She is currently a Research Scientist and will begin her tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Nutritional Sciences in August 2018. Dr. Widen has collaborated with the Young Research Group since 2013 on the Pre- and Post-NAPS Studies in Uganda and the Pith Moromo cohort in Kenya.

Dr. Widen’s research program applies an interdisciplinary life course approach to the intersection of nutrition sciences with reproductive, perinatal, pediatric and nutritional epidemiology. The goal of Dr. Widen’s research is to develop and apply advanced analytic methods and interdisciplinary approaches to rigorously evaluate the role of nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life on short and long-term health.

We wish her all the best and look forward to future collaborative endeavors!

Dr. Young Speaks at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

Dr. Young Speaks at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

In March, Dr. Young had the honor of presenting her findings about the role of food insecurity and depression in women’s economic development at this year’s U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. She presented results from our Kenyan, Ugandan, and Tanzanian pregnant and postpartum cohorts. […]

Experimental Biology 2017

Experimental Biology 2017

Our group tore it up at back-to-back scientific meetings this year! Congratulations to post-doc Godfred Boateng, who received first place in the American Society for Nutrition’s Emerging Leaders Poster Competition! The Community and Public Health RIS awarded this to Godfred presented his work entitled “Food Insecurity […]

A Great First Human Biology Association Meeting!

The Young Research Group had a terrific first Human Biology Association Meeting! The team traveled to New Orleans to present findings from our Pith Moromo Kenyan cohort study. 

Josh Miller’s poster “Perinatal geophagy is associated with HIV and anemia among women in western Kenya”  was selected for the Hilde Spielvogel Award!

Josh Miller pictured here with his award-winning poster!

Godfred Boateng presented his work on infant cognitive development in both poster and oral presentation sessions.

Godfred Boateng pictured here presenting his poster “HIV exposure, but not food insecurity is deleterious to infant cognitive development”


Shalean Collins presented her work on the promoters of exclusive breastfeeding among HIV-infected and -uninfected mothers.

 

Ethnonutrition knowledge and dietary diversity in Tanzania

Ethnonutrition knowledge and dietary diversity in Tanzania

Congratulations to Dr. Bronwen Powell! Our paper, based on her excellent dissertation work, is entitled “The determinants of dietary diversity and nutrition: ethnonutrition knowledge of local people in the East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania“. It was published in the Journal of Ethnobiography and Ethnomedicine. Anna Earnest […]