Physiology and Targeted Nutrition in Infants

Sunday, April 28, 2019
Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor
Constellation EF
300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Registration not required

As human milk science continues to reveal the nutritional needs of infants, evidence-based research is expanding our understanding of nutrition’s impact on physiological development.  Targeted nutrition in infants is a rapidly evolving area of practical and clinical interest.

Breast milk contains an abundance of biologically active proteins and other nutrients that provide significant benefits to newborn and developing infants. For these infants, benefits include cognitive neurodevelopment, digestion and uptake of micro- and macro-nutrients, antimicrobial activity, development of the immune system, stimulation of gut microflora, and overall growth and development. While mother’s milk is the gold standard of nutrition for newborns, LBW and VLBW infants have nutritional requirements that exceed the nutrition provided in human milk, and infants who are not 100% breastfed also likely have a nutritional gap.

An abundance of research is trying to close these gaps. Of particular interest to PAS attendees will be research into nutrition’s role in physiological development and the timing of nutrients according to the needs of the infant. 

In this program, Michael K. Georgieff, MD, and Camilia R. Martin, MD, will discuss specific nutritional components of breast milk and their impact on a developing physiology; assess our current ability to determine, target, and adjust nutrition based on the needs of the infant;  and discuss ways future research and technology may help clinicians quantitatively assess the adequacy of a nutritional plan that supports physiological development.

Course Credit:

1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.

Accreditation and Certification

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Additional Content Planners

Victoria Anderson (Medical Writer)

Individual Stockholder: Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie

Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD (Peer Reviewer)


Author/Editor: UpToDate, Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Speaker: Nutricia, Nestlé

Advisory Board: International FPIES Association, Regeneron

Annenberg Center for Health Sciences

Staff at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower have no relevant commercial relationships to disclose.

  • Michael K. Georgieff, MD

    Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Chair
    Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Developmental Psychology
    Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
    Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development
    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Camilia R. Martin, MD, MS

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
    Associate Director, NICU, Department of Neonatology
    Director for Cross-Disciplinary Research Partnerships
    Division of Translational Research
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Boston, Massachusetts

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate how targeted nutrition impacts physiological development
  • Apply evidence-based nutrient research to disease risk and long-term development in preterm and term infants
  • Recognize the role of nutrition and iron in early brain development to improve postnatal outcomes

Faculty Disclosures

Michael K. Georgieff, MD

No relationships to disclose.

Camilia R. Martin, MD, MS

  • Research Support
    • Mead Johnson Nutrition
  • Scientific Advisory Board
    • LactaLogics, Plakous Therapeutics, Vitara Biomedical