Early Life Nutrition & Gut Immune Development

Program Date: 24 March 2022
Publication Date: 24 March 2022

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll learn about infant immune system development; discuss the role of gut microbiota; and describe the impact of breastfeeding and early life nutrition on infection and allergy/atopy.

Course Objectives:

• Explain the development of the infant’s immune system. 
• Discuss the role of gut microbiota in an infant’s health and immune system development. 
• Describe the impact of breastfeeding and nutrition in early life as it pertains to infection and allergy/atopy.
  • Run Time: 40

Course Instructor Bio(s)

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Marion Aw, MBBS, MMed (Paediatrics), MRCP (UK), FRCPCH (UK), FAMS, MD (University of London)

Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics 
Yong Loo School of Medicine 
National University of Singapore

A/Prof Marion Aw is a Senior Consultant in the Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, and the Paediatric Liver Transplantation Programme, National University Centre for Organ Transplantation at National University Hospital (NUH). She is also an Associate Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. 

She graduated from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and received her post-graduate paediatric training at the NUH. After completing her paediatric specialist training in Singapore, she spent 2 years with the Paediatric Liver Unit at King's College Hospital, London, United Kingdom. Her MD thesis (University of London) is based on clinical and research work done whilst she was there. In 2004, she was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, United Kingdom. A/Prof Aw’s area of clinical expertise is in paediatric gastrointestinal disease, hepatology and liver transplantation. She is a member of the National Liver Transplant Programme. 

A/Prof Aw also has an interest in nutrition and feeding issues in children. This led her to start the Interdisciplinary Feeding and Nutrition Clinic at NUH in 2013. In 2017, she set up the Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Regional Network and is the Chair of its EXCO. In addition to clinical practice, A/Prof Aw is also actively involved in the teaching and training of medical undergraduates and post-graduate paediatric doctors. At NUH, she is the Paediatric Department's Director of Postgraduate Training and Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Physician Wellbeing and Resilience Subcommittee. She is also the Vice Dean (Students) for the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.


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