PGNB serves as the focal point for NICHD extramural research in pediatric endocrinology and nutrition and their impact on health promotion and disease prevention throughout the life course. PGNB also serves as the focal point for NICHD training in child health research.
The branch supports research to understand the relevant biological systems and factors that influence mechanisms of physical and neurological development, beginning in utero and extending through the lifespan, as well as the role and impact of nutritional status in these systems. PGNB also encourages research to explore the external contextual (social, behavioral, and environmental) factors that influence these processes.
Furthermore, PGNB supports translational and systems-based research in the application of behavioral science, medical science, and nutrition science to develop interventions for promoting health and mitigating disease during critical periods in human development.
- ADVANTAGE (Agriculture and Diet: Value Added for Nutrition, Translation, and Adaptation in a Global Ecology) Project Virtual Meetings. In spring 2023, PGNB sponsored this series of working group meetings to better understand the intersection of food systems, diet, nutrition, and health.
- Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development–Knowledge Indicating Dietary Sufficiency (BOND-KIDS) Working Group Meetings. In 2022, PGNB sponsored this series of working group meetings to examine the nutritional needs and assessment issues for school-age children (5 through 19 years). Visit the meeting page to access recordings of all four working group discussions.
- BEGIN Project Webinar Series. In early 2021, PGNB sponsored a series of meetings to examine the ecology of human milk and its functional implications for both lactating parent and infant. Visit the meeting page to access recordings of all five working group discussions.
- The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently published a supplement about the BEGIN Project .
- Exploring the Science Surrounding the Safe Use of Bioactive Ingredients in Infant Formula: Considerations for an Assessment Framework. In fall 2021, PGNB collaborated with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sponsor a 2-day workshop focused on the functional state-of-the-science of biologically active human milk components and analogs and the implications for safety assessments when used in infant formula. Access the recordings from Day 1 and Day 2.
- Bridging the Biological and Communication Sciences on Nutrients and Environmental Contaminants in Foods to Support Child Development. In early 2023, PGNB, in collaboration with the FDA, sponsored a 2-day workshop focusing on research in risk communication, environmental contaminants in food, and the role of nutrition as they relate to child development. Access the recordings from Day 1 and Day 2.