Representing at EB 2016

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The Young Group will be bringing it hard at Experimental Biology 2016, the premier nutritional science research venue. With 6 oral presentations and 8 posters, the team is gearing up for a robust and productive conference session. We are especially proud that two of our oral presentations have undergraduate group members as first authors. Nice Formation!

SNAP Baseline survey launches

Thanks to this expert team of enumerators and anthropometry gurus, the baseline survey for the Singida Nutrition and Agroecology Project has begun! Rachel Bezner Kerr, Vicky Santoso and I had a lot of fun pitching in with the participant selection and training. We give an especially big thanks to the leadership at Action Aid Tanzania and Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology for pulling off such a major feat. (Yes, that’s us SNAPping in the photo!)




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.

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



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


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!