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!

New grant to reduce food insecurity in rural Tanzania

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.

“I Have Remained Strong Because of That Food”: The first macronutrient supplementation study among HIV-infected women

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.

Our first NAPS paper is published

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