Geophagy in Uganda

Paula & GeresomuDr. Paula Pebsworth, our star primatologist post-doc, is busy setting up more camera traps (one pictured, bottom right) in Budongo Forest, Uganda. As it turns out, the chimpanzees there are wild about eating earth (as are many other species), and Paula is working hard to assess just what it is, exactly, that drives this behavior. We are fortunate to be collaborating with some terrific phytochemists, Dr. John Arnason and Dr. Chieu Anh Ta to investigate the detoxification capacity of these craved earths.

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Our paper on complementary feeding among HIV-infected Tanzanian women is out!

Congrats to Anne Williams, for her very hard work in getting this paper published in the IMG_1285Journal of Human Lactation! While breastfeeding practices have been fairly well-characterized among PLHIV, complementary feeding practices have been almost completely overlooked. Therefore, our work among women in the Pwani region of Tanzania is a useful contribution. Our data suggest that EBF is an attainable behavior, but that the very low prevalence of daily animal source food provision suggests that adequate diets are difficult to achieve after breastfeeding cessation. Well done, team! Here’s a celebratory flashback to our training back in 2011.

Household hunger is associated with failed viral suppression during pregnancy and lactation

Our paper, demonstrating for the first time that food insuffiiciency is associated with failed viral suppression during pregnancy and lactation, is out in JAIDS! In multivariate analysis, food insufficiency (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] 0.38, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.16-0.91), higher pretreatment HIV-1 RNA (aOR 0.55 per 10-fold increase, 95% CI 0.37-0.82), and lopinavir/ritonavir versus efavirenz (aOR 0.49, 95% CI 0.24-0.96) were associated with lower odds of sustained viral suppression in a cohort of Ugandan women on ART.  Currently, only the uncorrected proofs are available, but we will post once the pretty final version is out.

Dr. Boateng Joins the Young Research Group

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The Young Research Group welcomes its newest member – Dr. Godfred Odei Boateng to Cornell. He recently completed his PhD in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario, London. Having worked in both developing and developed countries, Dr. Boateng joins the team to work towards advancing research on maternal and child nutrition. He will primarily be focused on analysis of our Pith Moromo data, our birth cohort study in Kenya.

Water and Health Conference, UNC Chapel Hill

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During a busy and engaging week at the UNC Water and Health Conference, Natalie Krumdieck and Shalean Collins presented preliminary water security data from our Pith Moromo cohort study in Kenya. These exciting analyses have paved the way for further exploration of the causes and consequences of household water insecurity-more to follow on this exciting research!

Congratulations to Rachel Bezner Kerr and the rest of our curriculum team

Congratulations to Rachel Bezner Kerr and the rest of our curriculum team for placing 3rd at the Atkinson Center’s 2015 Trustee Council pitch and poster contest. Rachel did a smashing job presenting our integrated, participatory curriculum on Agroecology, Climate Change, Nutrition, and Social Equity that we developed this summer in Malawi. It is slated to be implemented in Malawi in late 2015 and in Tanzania in Spring 2016, in our SNAP trial. Bravo!

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Family Medicine Global Health Workshop

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Busy in her last year at Weill Cornell Medical College, Natalie Krumdieck found time to escape from neurology to share some intriguing data from Pith Moromo with colleagues at a Family Medicine Global Health Workshop. Her analyses are the beginning of more in-depth work on depression in this cohort – stay tuned for more!

Oooooh, SNAP!

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Many of our Singida Nutrition and Agroecology Project (SNAP) team members were able to reunite at the McKnight Foundation’s annual Collaborative Crop Research Community of Practice meeting in Arusha. SNAP investigators there included Clara Mollay and Ika Martin from Nelson … Continue reading