Our AJCN paper turns 100!

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According to Google Scholar, our paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in which we outline the pathways by which food insecurity can be deleterious in the context of HIV, has reached 100 citations. This paper provided important theoretical framing for our approach to understanding the consequences of food insecurity among mothers and children in Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya.

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.

Pith Moromo cohort enrollment concluded– with thanks to Pith Moromo team and Beyoncé

pop-live-beyonce-premieres-grown-woman-during-mrs-carter-world-tour-in-parisWe 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.)

Congrats to Dr. Anne Williams

IMG_0779Congratulations 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!