Nutrition

Washington University in St. Louis’ scholars are taking aim at one of the most pressing issues facing children and adults alike – proper nutrition.

The stories here begin to tell the story about Washington University’s commitment to nutrition research and education with the aim of improving lives around the world.

New center aims to use gut microbiome discoveries to improve human nutrition

By Risa on November 11, 2014

The laboratory’s research has focused on two major global health problems: obesity in Western societies and childhood malnutrition in developing co...

The Institute for Public Health welcomes Victoria Quinn

By Risa on October 27, 2014

The Institute Welcomes Victoria Quinn of Helen Keller International for Women Leaders in Public Health Career Lecture Series

Dickson Prize awarded to medical scientist

By Risa on September 19, 2014

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, has won the 2014 Dickson Prize in Medicine. The prize is awarded annually by the University of Pittsburgh.

Social work, public health students get firsthand global health experience in Haiti this summer

By Risa on September 15, 2014

This summer, 14 students joined Lora Iannotti, PhD, on a trip to Haiti to gain firsthand experience in issues related to global health.

Lingering problem found in gut microbe communities of malnourished children

By Risa on September 8, 2014

​New research may help explain why millions of malnourished children suffer from stunted growth and fail to thrive after treatment with nutrient-ri...

Washington University receives $8 million to lead international childhood malnutrition effort

By Risa on September 8, 2014

Gordon’s research first established a link between obesity and the trillions of friendly microbes that live in the intestine.

Gordon elected to American Philosophical Society

By Risa on September 8, 2014

Gordon is known widely for his pioneering studies demonstrating how the tens of trillions of microbes that live in the gut influence human health.

Antibiotics cut death rates for malnourished kids

By Risa on September 5, 2014

Indi Trehan, MD, shows that severely malnourished children are more likely to recover and survive when given antibiotics along with therapeutic food.

New international guidelines for the treatment of severe malnutrition

By Risa on September 5, 2014

“The new guidelines, if properly implemented, will reduce childhood deaths by about 175,000 annually,” said Mark Manary, MD.

Gut microbes at root of severe malnutrition in kids

By Risa on September 5, 2014

A study of young twins living in Malawi shows that severe malnutrition is triggered by more than poor nutrition.

Antibiotics cut death rates for malnourished kids

By Teresa on January 31, 2013

Indi Trehan, MD, shows that severely malnourished children are more likely to recover and survive when given antibiotics along with therapeutic food.

Undernutrition in Haiti three years after the quake

By Teresa on January 9, 2013

Lora Iannotti, Brown School assistant professor, researches undernutrition in children, in part through visits to Haiti.

International team on childhood malnutrition

By Teresa on May 16, 2012

Led by Jeffrey I. Gordon, faculty member at the WUSTL School of Medicine, the team is striving to find new ways to prevent malnutrition in children.

Feeding the children of Haiti

By Teresa on January 11, 2011

Lora Iannotti, Brown School assistant professor, continued her work in Haiti on undernutrition in children even after a catastrophic earthquake.