Please mark your calendars now for the 2018 Rosevear Maternal and Child Nutrition Lecture, taking place at 12:00 noon, Friday October 26th, 2018. Location on the College of Medicine campus to be determined. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Lindsay Allen, PhD, RD, Director of the USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center, speaking on “New Evidence on the Importance of Maternal Nutrition in Lactation for Milk Quality.”
ALL are welcome—dietitians, nurses, physicians, doulas, lactation consultants, researchers, community members, etc.
Currently, Dr. Allen is the Principal Investigator for the Gates-Funded MILQ study, short for Mothers, Infants and Lactation Quality. As excerpted from a Gates write-up, the MILQ study involves gathering 4,000 samples of breastmilk from a total of 1,000 healthy, well-nourished mothers in four different countries—Brazil, Bangladesh, Denmark, and the Gambia—and measuring its content, including vitamins, minerals, and bioactive components. They are also measuring blood micronutrient levels in the breastfeeding mother-infant dyads. and evaluating infant growth and development for nine months after birth. This will allow Dr. Allen’s team to make connections between the nutrient content of breast milk, the nutrient intake and status of the mother, the micronutrient status of infants, and the infants’ health. Not only that, but Dr. Allen and her team can begin to establish some reference levels based on solid evidence: What is the normal range of nutrient levels in human milk? How much vitamin B12 does a baby need in milk, and how much B12 does her mother need to consume to make that happen?
Dr. Allen studies the prevalence, causes and consequences of micronutrient deficiencies, primarily in developing countries, using randomized, controlled human trials testing micronutrient supplements, food fortification, and food-based approaches to improve nutritional status, pregnancy outcome and child development, described in her ~300 publications. She has increased awareness of the globally high prevalence of vitamin B12 deficiency, its adverse consequences and response to food-based and supplementation interventions, and uses novel methods to measure B12 absorption and functional effects of supplementation.
Dr. Allen served on twelve committees of the Food and Nutrition Board, and has advised many national, bilateral and international organizations including WHO, UNICEF, Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, PAHO and FAO. She is principal author of “What Works? A Review of the Efficacy and Effectiveness of Nutrition Interventions”, and WHO’s “Guidelines on Food Fortification with Micronutrients”. She served as President of the American Society for Nutrition and the Society for International Nutrition Research, and received the Kellogg Prize from the Society for International Nutrition Research, and the McCollum International Lectureship and Conrad A. Elvehjem Award for Public Service in Nutrition from the American Society for Nutrition. She is past Vice President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences, serves on the International Micronutrient Forum and the Board of the International Nutrition Foundation, and chairs the Vitamin B12 Expert Panel for NIH’s Biomarkers in Nutrition and Development. In 2016 she received the Outstanding Investigator of the Year Award from the Vitamins and Minerals Research Interest Section of the American Society for Nutrition, and the Career Achievement in Evidence Translation Award from the Mathile Institute.