Parul Christian, DrPH, MSc, is Professor in the Department of International Health and the Program in Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Christian’s research over the past 20 years has focused on examining the impact of micronutrient deficiency prevention across the life stages. She has carried out large RCTs in Nepal, and Bangladesh testing the effect of micronutrient supplementation during pregnancy in enhancing fetal growth, pregnancy outcomes such as low birth weight, preterm birth and fetal loss, infant mortality, and maternal and reproductive health. Her research interests also expand into the area of the developmental origins of health specifically examining the effects of early life interventions on longer term outcomes of cognition and cardio-metabolic health in follow-up studies of intervention cohorts.  Currently her research in childhood undernutrition, specifically stunting, involves leading a food supplementation trial in rural Bangladesh which aims to test the efficacy of four different complementary food supplements, two of which are locally formulated and produced, in improving child growth and reducing stunting in the first 2 years of life. Dr. Christian is also conducting an impact evaluation study of a WFP nutrition program in Malawi for reducing childhood stunting and maternal anemia.

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