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Improving Population Health through a Focus on Pregnancy and Early Childhood

January 6, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Rutgers Global Health Institute is hosting a guest faculty seminar at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 6, 2023, as part of its Viewpoints in Global Health Research: Guest Faculty Seminar Series.

This online seminar will be presented by:photo of Nandita Perumal

Nandita Perumal
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington; Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Improving Population Health through a Focus on Pregnancy and Early Childhood
The period between conception and the first two years of life – known as the “first 1,000 days” – is a sensitive period of rapid development. Prenatal exposures, the timing of birth, and newborn size can substantially influence the growth and development of young children. This seminar will describe methodological work in the application, use, and interpretation of child growth metrics and investigate the role of maternal prenatal nutrition in preventing adverse birth outcomes and optimizing human capital development.

About the Presenter
Nandita Perumal is an epidemiologist and a global health researcher whose research interests focus on perinatal and pediatric health and nutrition. She is currently a managing research scientist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and a visiting scientist in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she completed her postdoctoral research.

She has also held visiting fellowships at the WORLD Policy Analysis Center, University of CaliforniaLos Angeles, and the postgraduate program in epidemiology at Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil. Perumal received her Ph.D. and M.P.H. degrees in epidemiology from the University of Toronto. Her research has been funded by the Thrasher Research Foundation, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Online via Zoom

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Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Florencia Modernel. For more events, visit the seminar series page on the Rutgers Global Health Institute website or explore the institute’s full online calendar.

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January 6, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Online via Zoom


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