We are delighted to have completed enrollment of all 371 pregnant women into our NIMH-funded observational cohort study in Nyanza, Kenya. Over 200 infants have already been born, including a baby Beyoncé*! None of this would be possible without the excellent enrollment and retainment efforts of the whole Pith Moromo 2 crew. Bravo! (*Actual photo not used.)
In our paper just published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, we report findings on how undernutrition among children in Tororo, Uganda, is associated with lower absorption of some HIV drugs. More research is needed to understand the mechanisms underpinning these observations. Congrats to Imke and team!
Some awesome faculty at Cornell Weill put on an important and engaging symposium on Women in Global Health Research. They were kind enough to invite a number of us down from Ithaca, and it was a lovely occasion for a quick group reunion with Angela Arbach (post-call here!).
Congratulations to Anne Williams for the excellent work on her EB submission, for which she was recognized as a finalist for ASN’s Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition. Her submission is entitled “Breastmilk Vitamin B12 Concentration is Low among Women in Western Kenya and is Not Associated with Animal Source Food Intake or Food Insecurity” and co-authors include Caroline Chantry, me, Clair Null, and Christine Stewart. With this award, a new PhD, and visiting cheetahs, it’s been a big year for Anne!
Katie Fiorella is an ecologist and epidemiologist finishing up her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in Justin Brashares’ research group. She applied for and won a post-doc from the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future to work with Chris Barrett (Applied Econ) and me on food security and agricultural productivity in east Africa. She will join the group in summer 2014. Welcome, Katie!
Rachel Bezner Kerr, Elias Mtinda at Action Aid Tanzania, and I have been awarded a grant from the McKnight Foundation. This will fund a three-year farmer-led agroecological education intervention. We will be assessing the impacts of this intervention on legume production, food insecurity, and infant and young child feeding practices, among other outcoms. We will start research activities in Singida, Tanzania in early 2015.
We have just published the results of the first study of the acceptability and use of macronutrient supplementation among pregnant women living with HIV in the journal AIDS and Behavior. Reported use as well as psychosocial and biological consequences showed great promise at reducing undernutrition and other adverse outcomes.
We are delighted that our first paper using NAPS data has been published: “Reliability and validity of an individually-focused food insecurity access scale for assessing inadequate access to food among pregnant Ugandan women of mixed HIV status.” In addition to our excitement about having the first paper from this cohort study published, we are glad to contribute to measuring individual-level food insecurity. Bravo, NAPS team! PMID: 25171462