Aline Andres, Ph.D., R.D.
Department of Pediatrics
Section of Developmental Nutrition
Our research program is dedicated to examining the effects of prenatal and postnatal nutrition on anthropometrics, body composition, metabolism and physical activity of infants and children. Maternal health, body composition and nutrition are all important factors that can influence fetal and neonatal development during a very critical period, the first 1000 days of life, which include prenatal and postnatal periods, yet our understanding on how these factors shape the future child’s health and metabolism is not yet understood. Another major focus of our team is on how early infant nutrition influences growth and body composition which may have short and long term consequences to child’s health. We focus on the components of human milk and the characteristics of infant formulas that support optimal growth, health and development. To tackle these complex questions we partner with research groups at ACNC and other institutions using multi-disciplinary approaches.