Research profile

Paediatric and International Nutrition

The section conducts nutritional studies including interventions aimed at improving children’s nutrition, health and development in the high and low-income countries and thereby reduce their risk of disease later in life.

The group has built up expertise in conducting population-based interventions and observational studies of the health of people from birth to young adulthood who are taken through diet registrations, growth measurements, measurements of body composition (e.g. DEXA scanning), measurements of cognition and psychomotor development as well as measurements of cardiovascular function and physical activity.

Key dietary aspects are protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, probiotics, vitamin D and other micro-nutrients, milk products including breast milk, fish, insects and other alternative animal sources as well as emergency relief products. The prevention of obesity, the promotion of cognitive development and the prevention and treatment of malnutrition are all high-priority areas.

The group works closely with researchers at several Danish and international universities and hospitals. Those members of the group that focus on low-income countries possess special expertise in conducting studies with children and adults with the aim of generating a scientific basis for development programmes that can help alleviate malnutrition.

For low-income countries the group has established solid research collaboration with universities and other research institutions in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.