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Effects of early nutrition on brain development and cognitive/behavioural problems in children

Research project We study early nutritional interventions for prevention of later cognitive and behavioral problems in children. The research includes iodine, vitamin D, iron and other nutrition given to pregnant women, healthy infants as well as preterm infants.

The aim of the project is to identify nutritional interventions in pregnant women and children, which will prevent nutritional deficiencies an reduce the risk of later cognitive or behavioral problems in Swedish children. The study includes several nutritional factors and interventions, including: 1) Iodine deficiency and vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women. 2) Addition of milk fat globule membrane to infant formula. 3) Iron supplementation of infants. 4) Nutrition of low birth weight or preterm infants. Outcomes include children’s cognitive and behavioral development up to school age.

Head of project

Magnus Domellöf
Professor/chief physician
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Project overview

Project period

2016-01-01 2019-12-31

Research subject

Neurology and neurosciences

Project description

The aim of the project is to identify nutritional interventions in pregnant women and children, which will prevent nutritional deficiencies an reduce the risk of later cognitive or behavioral problems in Swedish children. The study includes several nutritional factors and interventions, including: 1) Iodine deficiency and vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women. 2) Addition of milk fat globule membrane to infant formula. 3) Iron supplementation of infants. 4) Nutrition of low birth weight or preterm infants. Outcomes include children’s cognitive and behavioral development up to school age.

Keywords: Pediatrics, child, randomized clinical trial, child development, metabolism, nutrition, iodine, vitamin D, MFGM, iron, low birth weight