PhD defence: Thymus gland size and mortality among children admitted with severe acute malnutrition
Nicolette Nabukeera-Barungi is defending her PhD thesis
Thymus gland size and mortality among children admitted with severe acute malnutrition
7 May 2018, 13:00
Festauditoriet 1-01, Bülowsvej 17.
1870 Frederiksberg C
Associate Professor Christian Ritz (chair), Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Chief Physician Anja Poulsen, BørneUngeKlinikken, Rigshospitalet, Danmark
Professor, Consultant Paediatrician Jay Berkley, KEMRI Centre for Geographic Medicine Research / Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya
Professor Henrik Friis, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Dr. Maren Rytter, Departement of Paediatrics, Herlev Hospital, Denmark
Dr. Vibeke Brix Christiansen, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Rigshospitalet, Denmark
Dr. Ezekiel Mupere, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
About the thesis
The thymus gland is an important organ in the immune system which markedly reduce in size during severe acute malnutrition. However, its size recovers during nutritional rehabilitation. The thesis describes the correlates of thymus size among children admitted to hospital with severe acute malnutrition.
The 400 children in the study received standard of care according to the national guidelines and received either probiotics or placebo daily until 8-12 weeks after discharge from hospital. During nutritional rehabilitation, we identified predictors of thymus gland recovery during inpatient care and outpatient care, and assessed the effect of probiotics on thymus gland recovery. In addition, predictors of inpatient death during nutritional rehabilitation were identified.
2018, 128 pages.