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Optimizing Nutrition for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

October 21-23, 2020*
*Program is in development and subject to change

Maternal undernutrition leads to adverse pregnancy outcomes and poor fetal growth. Together, maternal and child undernutrition are responsible for nearly half of all child deaths globally. The first 1,000 days, including fetal life and early infancy, are key periods of growth and organogenesis. Nutrient availability during this time influences growth, development, and metabolic programming which also has implications for health and disease in later infancy and childhood. Despite the clear biological importance of maternal and newborn nutrition, our understanding of the basic biology linking nutrition to healthy growth and development is poor. Furthermore, research into innovative approaches to improving maternal nutrition and enhancing nutrition for vulnerable infants and newborns is lacking. This Keystone Symposia conference brings together population health scientists, clinical trialists, placental and breastmilk biologists, and experts in modern molecular and metabolic methods to address the unique nutritional challenges of women and infants in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC)s. This conference will encourage interdisciplinary research in maternal/fetal, newborn, and early infant nutrition, an area which has been understudied. It will also connect global nutrition and molecular nutrition experts for future collaboration. Finally, this conference is part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Program is intended for scientific researchers and clinical audiences.

Join us for this landmark virtual event, brought to you by Keystone Symposia.


Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Financial Aid: October 5, 2020
Deadline for Short Talk Consideration: September 22, 2020


Financial Aid Opportunities

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, as well as individuals from low- and middle- income countries (all career stages) working in science and medicine related fields, are eligible to apply for a FREE registration code.

Find out more about financial aid opportunities here!

Call For Abstracts

Showcase your work to global audiences on the eSymposia platform!

ePoster presenters will be provided with their own dedicated page on the event website to display their work in multiple formats and interact with meeting participants. ePoster features include:

  • Abstract
  • Poster PDF for download
  • Lightning talk— up to 5 minute video presentation, available on-demand
  • Live chat function to answer audience questions in real-time
  • Contact information for private follow-up discussion

To submit your work for an ePoster presentation, and to be considered for short talk selection, complete the event registration process and you will be given access to the “Submit an Abstract” tab on the event homepage.

Program Details

Speaking at this eSymposia

Seth Adu-Afarwuah

University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana

Bosede Bukola Afolabi

University of Lagos, Nigeria

Tahmeed Ahmed

ICDDR, Bangladesh

Lindsay H. Allen

USDA, Agricultural Research Service, USA

Ranadip Chowdhury

Society for Applied Studies, India

Valerie Flaherman

University of California, San Francisco, USA

Farhad B. Imam

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Anura V. Kurpad

St. John's Research Institute, India

David J. Kyle

Evolve BioSystems, USA

Paula P. Meier

Rush University, USA

Martha Mwangome

KEMRI – Wellcome Trust, Kenya

Balakrishnan Siddartha Ramakrishna

SRM Institutes for Medical Science, India

Yoel Sadovsky

Magee-Womens Research Institute, USA

Katherine E. Semrau

Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA

Emily R. Smith

George Washington University, USA

Buffy Stahl

DuPont, USA

Christine P. Stewart

University of California, Davis, USA

Christopher Sudfeld

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

Alecia-Jane Twigger

University of Cambridge, UK

Jian Yan

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

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