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Virginia A Stallings, MD

Division of Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Dr Stallings is the Director, Nutrition Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and professor of pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. She is a physician scientist and nutrition specialist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Dr Stallings is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society of Nutrition and National Academy of Medicine and has served on many task forces dealing with the nutritional needs of children. She is well recognized in the field of nutrition and has received numerous awards for her service. Dr Stallings has published over 240 articles in peer-reviewed journals in addition to abstracts, book chapters and presentations in the field.
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Luise Marino, PhD, RD

Clinical Academic Pediatric Dietitian
Southampton Children's Hospital
Southampton, England, UK

Luise joined Southampton Children’s Hospital in 2013, working clinically in Neonatal/Pediatric Intensive Care and Cardiology. Prior to this she spent 15 years working in various academic hospitals in South Africa, of which four years were spent as the dietetic manager at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, in Cape Town.

Following her return to the UK, she completed a PhD fellowship at Imperial College London, considering the role of HSP70 and the relationship to glutamine in the critically ill child. Luise has a HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Fellowship considering “Growth and nutrition of infants with congenital heart disease: development of guidelines and a digital home monitoring program to support families”. She is the current Chair of the British Dietetic Association Pediatric Cardiology Interest Group. Luise has published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters and is involved in collaborative research projects within the Children’s Hospital.

Luise’s research interest aims to characterize the nutritional journey of infants and children with acute and chronic disease with a focus on those with congenital heart disease, and how the development of pragmatic pathways for nutritional rehabilitation could promote healthy growth and reduce parental stress.
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