We are excited to announce that we have four new doctoral students this year: Ariana Avila, Anneliese Long, Alison Nulty, and Andrea Ost. Read more about them on our People page.
Last week the UNC Human Biology Lab presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Human Biology Association in New Orleans. See below for a complete list of our presentations.
Effects of early life fecal pathogen exposure on the gut microbiome in children from Galapagos, Ecuador. K Houck, AL Thompson, M Sorensen
Birth practices and infant immune development in Ecuador. AL Thompson, H Jahnke, K Houck
Care and rising rate of Cesarean-section in Ecuador. H Jahnke, K Houck, ME Bentley, AL Thompson
Iron and morbidity among toddlers in Lima, Peru. A Dorsey, AL Thompson, M Penny, R Kleinman, C Duggan
Genetic risk, salt consumption, and effects on blood pressure in Filipino women. I Godinez, LS Adair, AL Thompson
The impact of social support on infant feeding outcomes among Latino families in North Carolina. K Barrett, AL Thompson, K Perreira, ME Bentley
A study of nutritional transition among indigenous populations in the Ecuadorian Amazon. G Skeltis, M Sorensen, F Lu
Maternal knowledge of HIV and breastfeeding practices in Kigali, Rwanda. K Riggle, P Mugwaneza, A Asiimwe, EA Bobrow
Association of C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, adiponectin, and body composition to cardiometabolic risk in indigenous Siberians. J Griffin, M Sorensen, AP Barsukov, TM Klimova
The impact of social determinants of health on gastrointestinal infectious disease burden: results from the China Health and Nutrition Survey. R Wilbur, A Aiello, AL Thompson
Hannah defended her dissertation proposal, “The Intergenerational Effects of Maternal Stress on the Galápagos Islands,” last week. Congrats on being ABD!
Congrats to Achsah for defending her proposal, “Iron, Infection, and Malnutrition in Lima, Peru.” We can’t wait to hear updates from your field work in Peru next year! Congrats on being ABD!
Next week, four of our grad students will be presenting at the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS) conference at UNC. Keep a lookout for our panel, entitled, “Anthropological Investigations of the Relationship between Socioeconomic Conditions and Health.” Details are below.
Date and Time: Friday, March 24th, 10:30 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Room 2008, Global Education Center at UNC
Chair: Achsah Dorsey, UNC Chapel Hill
Obesity, Hypertension, and Migration in Purepecha Communities
Isaura Godinez, UNC Chapel Hill
A Study of Nutritional Transition Among Indigenous Populations in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Gioia Skeltis, UNC Chapel Hill
Prenatal Care and Rising Rate of Cesarean-Section in Ecuador
Hannah Jahnke, UNC Chapel Hill
Iron and Infection in Lima, Peru
Achsah Dorsey, UNC Chapel Hill
Katie’s work with Amanda Thompson and Margaret Bentley, “The influence of maternal psychosocial characteristics on infant feeding styles,” was just published in Appetite! Congrats to Katie on publishing her first paper. Read the full paper here.
Katie successfully defended her proposal, entitled, “Infant-Caregiver Feeding Interactions: Shaping Diet, Growth and Metabolism.” Next year she will be working on her research with low-income families in Central North Carolina. Congrats, Katie!
Above (left to right): UNC Human Bio Lab graduate students Isa, Achsah, Kelly, Hannah, Brittany, Katie, Gioia, and Kari at the HBA poster session.
The UNC Human Biology Lab had a great time at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Human Biology Association (HBA) and the 85th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) in Atlanta last week! Amanda, Mark, Kelly, Katie, Achsah, Isa, and Hannah all presented posters (titles listed below).
During the podium session on evolutionary and biocultural perspectives on pregnancy and infant feeding, Brittany presented her work entitled, “Cultural domain analysis of breastfeeding, stress, and support among white, middle class families of North Carolina.” Kelly also gave a talk entitled, “E. coli exposure, intestinal barrier function and immune health in Galapagos, Ecuador” during the podium session on nutrition and variation.
We’re looking forward to next year’s meetings in New Orleans.
Understanding child obesity risk at the household level: The influence of parental and grandparental health beliefs and practices in Chinese families. AL Thompson
Impact of market integration on under- and overnutrition in the Ecuadorean Amazon. MV Sorensen, F Lu, K Houck
Childhood intestinal health, immune function and the gut microbiome in Galapagos, Ecuador. KM Houck, AL Thompson, MV Sorensen
The influence of caregiver feeding styles on infant dietary outcomes. KJ Barrett, AL Thompson, HM Wasser, ME Bentley
Food insecurity, maternal mental health, and child morbidity in Mwanza, Tanzania. AF Dorsey, JA Decaro, M Manyama, W Wilson
Survey of migration and health among the Purepecha. I Godinez
Social and economic change and rising rate of caesarean-section deliveries in Ecuador. JR Jahnke, KM Houck, ME Bentley, AL Thompson