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Infants to Teens Impacted by Genetics, Nutrition and Exercise

October 15, 2013


Scientists at the NC Research Campus are exploring areas of genetics, nutrition and human performance that impact brain development, risk factors for disease and the overall health of infants, toddlers, young children and teenagers.


Omega-3 Intake Linked to Higher Cognition in Infants, Toddlers and Young Children

Carol L. Cheatham, PhD, developmental cognitive neuroscientist with the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute, investigates the role of fatty acids and nutrients like choline, iron, and zinc on the cognitive abilities of children. Her most recent findings prove just how critical fatty acids are to the cognitive development and functioning of infants, toddlers and young children. Read more.


A Microbial Answer to Malnutrition

Steven Maranz, PhD, a visiting scientist with the David H. Murdock Research Institute, is developing strains of naturally-occurring microbes that can be added to foods to produce the carotenoids the human body needs to make vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency stems from malnutrition and causes debilitating disorders like stunting and childhood blindness. Read more.


 Less Birth Defects in the World: FASD Prevention and Intervention 

Philip May, PhD, a research professor with the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute, is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).  He conducts epidemiological or population-based studies that include everything from genetics to community education. Since 1979, his research has defined the understanding of FASD and provided new methods for prevention and treatment. Read more.


For Kids, a Little Exercise Goes a Long Way to Prevent Disease

Led by David Nieman, DrPH, FACSM, the Appalachian State University (ASU) Human Performance Laboratory conducted studies that demonstrate that children who increase their level of physical activity benefit from less body fat, increased muscular strength and reduced risk factors for major diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic and lifestyle-related disorders. Read more.


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