Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch (PGNB)

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PGNB serves as the focal point for NICHD extramural research and training in pediatric endocrinology, child health research, and nutrition science. PGNB’s goal is to apply these disciplines to improve the understanding of the developmental continuum from conception through adolescence.

Specifically, PGNB supports research to understand the relevant biological systems and factors that influence the mechanisms of growth and development (physical and neurodevelopmental) beginning in utero and extending through adolescence, as well as the role and impact of nutritional status in these systems; the branch also encourages research to explore the external contextual (social, behavioral, and environmental) factors that influence these processes.

PGNB further supports translational and systems-based research in the application of behavioral, medical, and nutritional science to develop interventions aimed at promoting health and mitigating disease during critical periods in human development.


  • The Determinants of Peak Bone Mass: A State of the Science Workshop was co-sponsored by PGNB, the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health, the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. The proceedings are available in the Journal of Pediatrics.

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