Innovation Lab for Nutrition Webinar Series

Welcome to the Innovation Lab for Nutrition Webinar Series

We invite you to join us for a webinar series that will showcase critical research findings from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition, hosted at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University over the past 10 years. During each webinar, panelists from across the globe will present findings from their research, discuss policy implications of these findings, discuss what needs to be done to better link research to practice, and identify research gaps for future consideration. The Innovation Lab for Nutrition is co-hosting these webinars with USAID Advancing Nutrition every month through 2020 and more webinars are being planned for 2021.

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Annoucement

 

Environmental Enteric Dysfunction, WASH, and Nutritional Status of Women, Infants, and Young Children: Findings from Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Nepal

August 19th, 9:00am - 10:30am EDT

Description:

Environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) is a dynamic condition characterized by reduced nutrient absorption, increased gut permeability, and inflammation. It is associated with poor environmental hygiene and contamination, poor water quality, poor hygiene and sanitation practices, and an altered microbiota. EED has been implicated in increasing the risk of stunting and wasting in early life and the risk of a poor birth prognosis in pregnancy. However the evidence on both its causes and effects has been mixed. This may be in part due to measurement challenges as the gold standard metric of EED, the lactulose-mannitol test, measures only part of the EED process. Research supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition in Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Nepal aimed to test new metrics for EED assessment, examine the relationship of EED, stunting and wasting within the context of poor WASH practices, an altered microbiota, and the presence of contaminants such as mycotoxins.  We invite you to join our webinar to learn more about findings from our studies and to discuss the necessary policy and programmatic actions required to tackle EED and its underlying causes.

Moderator:
Dr. Christopher Duggan - For the past 25 years, Christopher Duggan, M.D., M.P.H. has been performing clinical trials in the fields of pediatric nutrition, gastroenterology and global health. Dr. Duggan and colleagues have evaluated the efficacy of micronutrient supplementation in infants and young children born to women with or at risk of HIV infection. Recent studies include the development of new biomarkers of environmental enteric dysfunction, as well as the evaluation of nutritional status on neurodevelopment. Dr. Duggan is a pediatric gastroenterologist and nutrition physician at Boston Children's Hospital where he directs the Center for Nutrition (http://www.childrenshospital.org/nutrition) and is Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a Professor in the Departments of Nutrition and Global Health and Population at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

Panelists:
Dr. Jacqueline LauerResearch Associate Professor at Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Ghosh is also the Associate Director for the Innovation Lab for Nutrition with experience working in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Her research interests are in understanding the role of agriculture in improving nutrition while ensuring health, assessing the diet and non-diet determinants of nutritional status of infants and young children and testing interventions aimed at improving maternal and infant nutrition and growth.

Dr. Akriti SinghIn August, Dr. Singh successfully completed her thesis defense to receive her PhD from Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Singh’s research focuses on determinants of maternal and child undernutrition in low and middle-income countries including diets, body composition, environmental enteric dysfunction, gut microbiota, and water sanitation and hygiene.

Dr. Shibani Ghosh - Research Associate Professor at Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Ghosh is also the Associate Director for the Innovation Lab for Nutrition with experience working in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Her research interests are in understanding the role of agriculture in improving nutrition while ensuring health, assessing the diet and non-diet determinants of nutritional status of infants and young children and testing interventions aimed at improving maternal and infant nutrition and growth.

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Previous Webinars

Bangladesh Chimney DryerJune 17, 2020:     9:00 - 10:00 (ET)

In Bangladesh, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition's focus is on aquaculture programming, linked in various ways to horticulture promotion, innovations in drying and storage of products, and behavior change communication. Located in the Feed the Future zone of Bangladesh (the South-West), the Innovation Lab for Nutrition works closely with local academic institutions, international partners (such as IFPRI), and implementing organizations (such as SPRING) to generate strong empirical evidence of how food choices are made, how diets change, and what impacts are possible on nutrition.

This webinar covered the Innovation Lab for Nutrition's research, findings, and innovative technologies in Bangladesh. Speakers explained how their efforts will contribute to a shared research agenda that will ultimately inform policy and programming within the context of USAID and globally. 

 

Moderator:

Dr. Shibani Ghosh - Associate Director for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition and a Research Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Panelists:

Dr. Patrick Webb - Director for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition, Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Dr. Robin Shrestha - Project Manager for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition

 

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Nepali marketJuly 15, 2020 :  9:00 - 10:30 AM (ET)

Many factors combine to shape diets and maternal and child health. In this webinar, we review recent research from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition regarding the role of markets and infrastructure in mitigating nutritional risks. We focus specific attention on findings from Bangladesh, Nepal and Uganda, examining correlates and drivers of dietary diversity, linear growth and weight gain, and nutritional resilience.

 

Moderator:

Dr. Shibani Ghosh - Associate Director for the U.S. Government's Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition and Research Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Panelists:

Dr. William Masters - Investigator for the Innovation Lab for Nutrition and a Professor at Tufts University in the Friedman School of Nutrition with a secondary appointment in the Department of Economics.

Dr. Gerald Shively - PI for the Innovation Lab for Nutrition, the Associate Dean and Director for the International Programs in Agriculture, Faculty Fellow for Global Affairs, and Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University.
 

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August 5th: 9:00AM - 10:30AM (ET)ASFs Webinar

Description: 

Animal sourced foods (ASFs) are nutrient dense foods that when consumed in small amounts provide quality protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and all nutrients critical for growth and development, particularly of infants and young children. While evidence supports the contribution of ASFs in improving the linear growth of children, a better understanding of the long-term effects of the consumption of different ASFs is needed. In this webinar we will examine the role of ASFs in improving the nutritional status of vulnerable populations and present findings from the Innovation Lab for Nutrition’s studies in Nepal, Uganda and Bangladesh. These include econometric multi-country analyses assessing the role of the type of ASF and the total number of ASFs in supporting optimal growth and development. Panelists also presented analyses and findings on their work in the realm of nutrition-sensitive interventions (e.g. aquaculture and animal husbandry), consumption of ASFs, and nutritional status. 

 

Moderator:
Grace Namirembe - Data Analyst for the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition

Panelists:
Dr. Patrick Webb - Director for the U.S. Government's Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition and Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Dr. Shibani Ghosh - Associate Director for the U.S. Government's Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition and Research Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Dr. Sonia Zaharia - Post Doctoral Fellow for the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition

 

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August 12th: 9:00AM - 10:30AM (ET)Aflatoxins on Maize

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Exposure to mycotoxins through the diet is widespread in many resource-constrained areas of the world. Additionally, research conducted by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition at Tufts University suggests that aflatoxins, in particular, may be associated with poor nutrition outcomes in infants and young children, beginning in utero. Panelists presented on findings from their studies in Uganda, Mozambique, Nepal, and Timor-Leste and discussed the necessary policy and programmatic actions required to improve food safety, limit exposure, and improve health.

Moderator:
Dr. Patrick Webb - Director for the U.S. Government's Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition and Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Panelists:
Dr. Jacqueline LauerPublic health nutritionist and Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston University

Katherine HeneveldAssistant Researcher for the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition

Dr. Shibani Ghosh - Associate Director for the U.S. Government's Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition and Research Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

 

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