Impact of Perinatal Nutrition on Neonatal Immune Response

Publish Date: 2011
Author(s): Susanna Cunningham-Rundles, PhD


Newborn exposure to colonizing commensal bacteria, environmental antigens, bioactive dietary substances, and potential pathogens has the potential to cause long-term effects on health. Differences in maternal and neonatal nutritional status are recognized as a source of variation in health outcomes and an avenue for early intervention. Dr Cunningham-Rundles describes the differences between immunogenic and tolerogenic responses on immune development in early life. She also discusses the role of nutrition during pregnancy, its influence on immune development and prevention of allergy, and the potential use of polyunsaturated fatty acids in preventing hyperinflammatory responses in neonates.
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Susanna Cunningham-Rundles, Phd

Weill Cornell Medical College, Department of Pediatrics, USA
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