Pediatric Nutrition

These programs respond to a long-time interest of the Foundation in assuring adequate nutrition for infants and young children. Projects include applied research that evaluates the provision of specific nutrients and their related outcomes in infants and young children.

Typical projects funded in this area of interest may include projects aimed at:

  • Benefits or side effects of supplementation of a specific nutrient
  • Effects of deficiencies or excesses of a specific nutrient
  • Timing and dosing of supplementation
  • Issues related to general growth and feeding

Recent projects include:

Julia Hurwitz, MD
St Jude Research Hospital

$247,500 over 2 years to study influence of vitamin A and D supplements on pneumococcus vaccine activity

David Dallas, PhD
Oregon State University

$349,998 over 3 years to study limitations in premature infant protein digestion capacity via digestomic analysis

Xunjun Xiao, MD
Washington University, St. Louis

$284,426 over 3 years to study genetic polymorphisms as a risk factor for Failure to Thrive

Emily Nagel
University of Minnesota, Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition

$20,000 over 2 years to study the use of bedside ultrasound to assess premature neonatal body composition in the NICU