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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 […]

A review of what we know, and what we don’t, about household water insecurity

A review of what we know, and what we don’t, about household water insecurity

Our invited review on water insecurity “Progress in Household Water Insecurity Metrics: A Cross-Discpilinary Approach in the Social Sciences” has been published in WIREs Water. This marks the beginning of an exciting cross-disciplinary collaboration as delve into the many aspects of household-level water insecurity globally! Special thanks […]

Dr. Young Presents at Northwestern Domain Dinner

Dr. Young Presents at Northwestern Domain Dinner

On April 5, Dr. Young had the distinct privilege of moderating a Northwestern Domain Dinner. The Lawrence B. Dumas Domain Dinners offer a unique platform for scholars and social leaders to connect and collaborate, and are one of the features that originally drew her to Northwestern. During the panel discussion, Dr. Young presented about the causes and consequences of water insecurity, identified gaps in the scientific literature about the topic (including the need to develop a cross-culturally validated water insecurity scale), and discussed potential solutions with fellow panelists David Dana and Aaron Packman.

Prof. Young (left) presenting about water insecurity with Prof. Aaron Packmand (middle) and Prof. David Dana (right).

 

From the Classroom to the Real World: A Field Trip to a Baby-Friendly Hospital

From the Classroom to the Real World: A Field Trip to a Baby-Friendly Hospital

In March, Dr. Young and the first cohort of students in her class “Ecology of Infant Feeding: A global perspective on the best ways to feed babies”  visited Advocate Trinity Hospital, a facility that has the esteemed distinction of being the first baby-friendly hospital in Chicago. While […]