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Georgieff speaks to UNICEF meeting on malnutrition and brain development in children

At the close of the London Olympics, Prime Minister David Cameron and Vice President Michel Temer of Brazil, the site of 2016 Olympics, announced a new race--a race to reduce the number of malnourished children in the world by 2016. Michael Georgieff, professor, Institute of Child Development and the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, spoke at a UNICEF-sponsored meeting on malnutrition and brain development in children that followed this announcement. The meeting was streamed live to over 90 countries and 900 observers.

Georgieff spoke about iron and brain development; noting that feeding children may not be enough, that stress can interfere with nutrient absorption, and that feeding programs therefore also need to attend to the psychosocial context in which the child is living, which caused much discussion.

You may view and listen to his talk at this link, under the title 'the biology of critical periods.' http://new.livestream.com/unicef/stunting.

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