Nourishing the Microbiome: Impacting Pediatric Immune Health and Growth

Program Date: 17 March 2022
Publication Date: 19 May 2022
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.5; Dietitian CPEU: 1.5

Course Description:

In this course, presenters will discuss the developing infant’s immune system and the need for rapid accommodations ex-utero; review opportunities to modulate the gut microbiome in infants and children; and discuss clinical applications of the microbiome and its impact on pediatric immune health and growth. Originally presented on March 17, 2022 at the 9th Conference on Nutrition and Growth.

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss the developing infant’s immune system and the need for rapid accommodations ex-utero. 
  • Review opportunities to modulate the gut microbiome in infants and children. 
  • Discuss clinical applications of the microbiome and its impact on pediatric immune health and growth.
  • CDR Level: 2
  • Performance Indicators: 4.2.6, 8.1.2, 8.2.3
  • Media Format(s): Video
  • Run Time: 89

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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John T. Stutts, MD, MPH

Medical Director and Clinical Lead
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology
University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, KY, USA

Dr John Stutts is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Purdue University. He then received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Louisville. He completed his Paediatric Residency, Paediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship and Master of Public Health from Vanderbilt University. He is currently practising Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in Louisville. He has been a part of many clinical trials in his tenure including many studies with the Norton Children’s Medical Paediatric Clinical Research Unit. He is a past member of the North American Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition Professional Education Committee, and he is a current member of the Public Education Committee for the same society.
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Lisa M. Renzi-Hammond, PhD

Associate Professor, Institute of Gerontology,
Health Promotion & Behavior
Division of Neuroscience
University of Georgia
Athens, GA, USA

Dr Lisa Renzi-Hammond earned her BS, MS, and doctorate degrees in from the Psychology Department at the University of Georgia. While at the University of Georgia, Dr Renzi-Hammond specialized in visual neuroscience and neurological development and studied the ways in which implementing behavioral changes influences vision system function, as well as risk for acquired ocular and neurological diseases. Dr Renzi-Hammond completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin as a member of three different disciplinary groups: the Center for Perceptual Systems, the Institute for Neuroscience, and the Nutrition Sciences Department. Dr Renzi-Hammond also served as a visiting scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Center on Ageing at Tufts University in Boston, MA, where she was a member of the Carotenoids in Health Laboratory. 

Following her graduate and post-graduate training, Dr Renzi-Hammond returned to the University of Georgia as faculty, where she founded the Human Biofactors Laboratory and published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the topic of nutrition and visual and neurological function. She has presented this research in a wide variety of national and international venues. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the UGA College of Public Health, the UGA Neuroscience Program, and is adjunct faculty in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program in the Department of Psychology.

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Ruairi Robertson, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Queen Mary University
London, UK
Dr Ruairi Robertson obtained a BSc in Human Nutrition from University College Dublin, Ireland. He subsequently conducted a PhD in University College Cork within APC Microbiome Ireland studying the interaction between maternal and early-life dietary lipids, the developing microbiome and metabolic health outcomes. During this time, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct part of his PhD research in Harvard University Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2017 he was awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust to conduct research within the Centre for Genomics and Child Health in the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University of London and the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research investigates the influence of commensal microbiomes, particularly the gut microbiome, on child growth and undernutrition. This research explores the mechanistic pathways linking the gut microbiome with infection, nutrition, metabolism, and growth. His research is predominantly based in large mother-infant studies in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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