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Dietetic Students Begin Rotations

Jonathan Misolo and Dorris Cement outside of the Dietetics Department at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town Dietetic students begin supervised practice rotations. The first cohort of dietetics students in Malawi have successfully completed 12 months of training and have begun eight months of supervised practice in clinical nutrition (paediatrics, adult internal medicine, surgery and critical care), community nutrition, food service management and research. The students will complete 1200 hours of training at sites, including, Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), Blantyre Adventist Hospital (BAH). As a stopgap...
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Round 3 IMMANA Fellowships and Webinar on Innovative Agriculture-Nutrition Research

IMMANA Fellows meet to share their agriculture-nutrition research at the ANH Academy Week, held in June 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Pictured from left to right is: Zachary Gersten (Fellowships Coordinator), Nitya Mittal (R1), Mieghan Bruce (R1), Bekele Megersa (R1), Matilda Laar (R1), Cynthia Matare (R1), Rosemary Isoto (R1), Semira Beyan (R1), and William Masters (Director). The Friedman School of Nutrition at Tufts University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are pleased to announce the third of four planned rounds of Post-Doctoral...
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Nepali Ministry Officials visit the Aflacohort study

In August of 2016, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition’s Nepal team had a surprise visit from Mr. Giriraj Subedi, the Nutrition Chief of the Child Health Division from the Nepal Ministry of Health and Population.  He was joined by Mr. Anirudra Sharma, a nutrition specialist at UNICEF Nepal, and Mr. Angaad Shahi, the focal person for nutrition at DPHO Banke.  The group was interested in the Nutrition Innovation Lab’s Aflacohort study, which had launched earlier in the summer.  The  Longitudinal birth cohort...
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Student Reflections from the 2016 Scientific Symposium

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition hosted its 4th Annual Scientific Symposium this year at Hotel Yak and Yeti in Nepal this summer. The symposium, funded by USAID, was co-organized and hosted by the Lab’s collaborating institution Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University and in-country partners, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Nepal Agricultural Research Council, and the Nepali Technical Assistance Group. Suraj Gurau, a MPHN student from IOM who volunteered with the execution of the symposium, and Arvin Saleh, an undergraduate from JHU who...
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Ashish Pokharel Graduates with Honors!

Ashish Pokharel Graduates with Honors! The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition is pleased to announce the graduation of one our featured students and past interns, Ashish Pokharel.  Originally from Nepal, Ashish completed his undergraduate studies in the United States before earning a scholarship through the Nutrition Innovation Lab and beginning his Master’s Degree in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition.  Now, as he graduates with honors, Ashish is looking forward to the next step in his...
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Innovations to Increase the Access & Production of Nutritious Foods in Bangladesh

Written by Rosylan Rojas In the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, producing enough fruits and vegetables as well as storing fish in ways that are both affordable and safe pose many challenges. To tackle these problems, the Feed the Future Innovation Labs for Nutrition and Horticulture have  joined together to implement three unique aquaculture and horticulture technologies. The first technology targets fruit and vegetable farming; with much of its land tied up in pond cultivation of fish, there is little room for smallholder farmers to grow...
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Capacity Building Efforts Bear Fruit in Nepal

Narayan Subedi, a Nepali health professional, is one of many public health experts dedicated to implementing evidence-based maternal and child health nutrition programs in his mountainous country. Despite a background in public health, Narayan previously had a limited understanding of nutrition programming or multi-sectoral actions that can tackle the complex drivers of both chronic and acute malnutrition in Nepal. Traditionally, malnutrition in its various manifestations has been seen as a medical problem requiring treatment rather than as a preventable condition requiring pro-active multisectoral measures.  Recognizing...
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Malawi Dietetics Program Accredited!

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition takes great pleasure in announcing the launch of a new clinical nutrition dietetics program in Malawi. This program was supported in its conceptualization, preparation and management by Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, in collaboration with Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi, and now accredited by the Medical Council of Malawi.  The first dietetic students will be admitted in early April 2016. This activity has involved a close collaboration with...
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Meet the Nutrition Innovation Lab! (Video)

This delightful video describes the scope of research done by the lab, what makes us unique among other Innovation Labs, and the significance of our multisectoral approach to nutrition and agriculture. Enjoy the video!  
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Lessons from Nepal

In an interview with Julie Flaherty, Dr. Patrick Webb describes how the the Nutrition Innovation Lab Kathmandu research team used research skills to aid in the post-earthquake Nepali relief efforts.   Read the interview here. 
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Dr. Patrick Webb speaks at the National Press Club on the PUSH Panel

On June 17th Dr. Patrick Webb joined an elite panel of hunger-fighters to speak at the National Press Club, along with the President of Honduras,  Juan Orlando Hernandez.  Drs. Catherine Bertini, Shenggen Fan, and Patrick Webb discussed the current status of global hunger and took questions from the audience- many of whom had come from different states and were of various educational backgrounds- some were still students!  PUSH, or Presidents United to to Solve Hunger, had gathered this small panel together to meet and discuss the...
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Molly Ships Off to Malawi

       On April 20th Tufts Medical School Dietitian Molly Uebele headed across the ocean to the African country of Malawi.  She had been hired by the Feed the  Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition to establish the country’s first Dietetics  program; one that would be strong on the side of science and stand up to  international standards.                 “We’re putting the first dietitians in Malawi,” Senior Program Manager Liz Marino-Costello smiled, “It gives me goose bumps to think about that.” The dietetics program is...
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Edgar Agaba Graduates with Master’s Degree

The Nutrition Innovation Lab would like to extend a most exuberant “Congratulations Graduate!” to an individual who has been a member of the lab since its initial formation in 2010.
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Joakin Mori Receives Scholastic Honors

Joakin Mori, a 2nd year Master’s student studying Nutritional Science at Tuskegee University on a Nutrition Innovation Lab scholarship, has just been inducted into the Gamma Sigma Delta Honors Society. Selection for this Honor Society is limited to those with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and high commendations from professors. Joakin, one of six 4.0 students, appreciated the acknowledgement of his efforts.
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Welcome Grace Namirembe!

The beginning of the 2015 year brought an exciting new opportunity to the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition’s Boston-based team. Due to the lab’s newly awarded grant to study Aquaculture in Bangladesh, Data Analyst Sabi Gurung was promoted to act as the new grant’s Country Representative. In the wake of her departure to Bangladesh, the Nutrition Innovation Lab welcomed a new Data Analyst, Grace Namirembe.
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New Website Live!

The nutrition innovation lab has just re-launched our site with mobile-friendly access to all of our publications and research.
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