Revisiting the Evidence on Kwashiorkor Malnutrition Webinar Series

  • Date

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Event Details

Kwashiorkor malnutrition affects hundreds of thousands of children and kills tens of thousands each year. Although recognized as a unique form of malnutrition since the 1930s, its etiology is still unclear. In 1968, a group of scientists studying and treating kwashiorkor met to discuss differences between kwashiorkor and wasting, leading to the diagnostic criteria currently used in treatment and study designs. Over the past 50 years, we have learned a lot more about the progression of kwashiorkor.

Through a series of webinars, researchers and practitioners will review recent evidence related to kwashiorkor. These webinars will lead to an expert meeting to discuss and advance kwashiorkor prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Webinars will be in late September, October, and November 2020. See details below.

Register here for September 29, 2020 webinar.

The series is organized by Action Against Hunger UK, Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, and Wageningen University.

Webinar 1:Revisiting the evidence: Characterizing and treating kwashiorkor

This first webinar will discuss recent research relating to treatment, nutrition, and the biochemical mechanisms associated with kwashiorkor.

When:     September 29, 2020 from 10 to 11am EDT

Panel:     The event will be moderated by André Briend, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and University of Tampere School of Medicine and Tampere University Hospital, Center for Child Health Research, Finland. Panelists will be:

  • Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera, Head of Nutrition, Action Against Hunger UK
  • Merry Fitzpatrick, PhD, Senior Researcher, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
  • Gerard Bryan Gonzales, PhD, Assistant Professor, Wageningen University
Register here for webinar: Revisiting the evidence: characterizing and treating kwashiorkor.


Webinar 2: Overt signs of kwashiorkor: Looking at edema and beyond

The second webinar will look beyond edema to the multiple overt signs of kwashiorkor and their timing in the progression of kwashiorkor.

When:     Late October 2020

Panel:   To be confirmed

Registration link is forthcoming

Webinar 3: Metabolic and physical changes associated with kwashiorkor

Major metabolic pathways and the associated organs are all affected in cases of kwashiorkor.  New research on metabolics in general and kwashiorkor specifically bring new light not just on the signs of kwashiorkor but also on potential causal pathways.

When:     Late November 2020

Panel:   To be confirmed

Registration link is forthcoming

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