CENTIR Group

CENTIR Group

Community behavior and nutritional biology for healthy growth & development in global contexts of poverty

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Who We Are

The Community-Engaged Nutrition Intervention Research (CENTIR) Group is the combined research teams of Dr. Rebecca Stoltzfus and Dr. Kate Dickin at Cornell University. CENTIR conducts collaborative research and training activities concerning human nutrition of women and children in contexts of poverty, ethnic minorities, and disadvantaged groups both in the United States and internationally. We combine community-engaged behavioral methods and safe & adequate nutrition interventions with the goal of achieving healthy growth & development on a global scale.

 

Focus Areas

The CENTIR Group focuses on interdisciplinary and collaborative research for maternal and child health. Areas of research expertise include:
Baby WASH
Baby WASH
There is scarce research and programmatic evidence on the effect of poor water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) conditions of the physical environment on early child...
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Caregiver Capabilities
Effective interventions for improving maternal and child nutrition have been documented and have led the Scaling Up Nutrition movement. These efforts have focused on increasing coverage of...
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Community-Based Programs
Community-Based Programs
The CENTIR group recognizes the essential role of community in improving community health and developing sustainable programs. We work with national and local governments and...
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Infant and Young Child Feeding
Infant and Young Child Feeding
Infant & Young Child Feeding education. (Image from UNICEF) Undernutrition contributes to over 3 million deaths in children under the age of 5 years annually,...
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Mycotoxins & Child Health
Mycotoxins & Child Health
Mycotoxins are produced by molds (fungi) that contaminate foods. The consumption of mycotoxins has been linked to adverse health effects in human studies and immune...
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Nutritional Care in Pregnancy
Women who are undernourished prior to or during pregnancy face this nutritionally-demanding life stage with disadvantages such as small stature and poor micronutrient status. These factors...
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Research Projects

CENTIR Group is engaged in multiple research projects, including:

  1. Scaling Up Growth: Addressing Stunting in Tanzania Early (ASTUTE)
  2. Mycotoxins & Birth Outcomes: Mycotoxin Exposure in Pregnancy
  3. Mycotoxins & Child Growth
  4. Mycotoxin Mitigation & Stunting: Planning Grant for Trial of Mycotoxin Mitigation and Stunting in the First 1000 Days
  5. One Health for Babies & Livestock: Preventing Fecal Exposure and Environmental Enteropathy
  6. MICa Prenatal Calcium Supplementation in Kenya & Ethiopia
  7. Responsive Feeding Practices: Remembering Childhood Food Insecurity: Influences on Parents’ Current Feeding Practices
  8. The Sanitation, Hygiene and Infant Nutrition Efficacy (SHINE) Trial 

Research Sites

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Check out some of our latest news and announcements:
Community-based stakeholder mapping: an approach to strengthen multisectoral nutrition interventions
Community-based stakeholder mapping: an approach to strengthen multisectoral nutrition interventions
Undergraduate researchers working on the Building Strong Nutrition Systems Project gathered to present a poster at the Global Health Learning Symposium on October 16, 2016....
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Laura Smith’s new article on predictor’s of aflatoxin risk
Laura Smith’s new article on predictor’s of aflatoxin risk
The article titled "Examining environmental drivers of spatial variability in aflatoxin accumulation in Kenya maize: Potential utility in risk prediction models" explores low cost strategies...
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Use of Smallholder Poultry Interventions to Promote Food Security
Congratulations to Sarah Dumas whose manuscript "Sustainable smallholder poultry interventions to promote food security and social, agricultural, and ecological resilience in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia" was published in...
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Factors Associated With Community Health Worker Performance Differ by Task in a Multi-Tasked Setting in Rural Zimbabwe
Rukundo Kambarami recently published a paper on Community Heath Worker (CHW) Performance in the June Issue of Global Health Science and Practice. Her paper identified...
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Breastfeeding and Maternal Nutrition in South Asia
Breastfeeding and Maternal Nutrition in South Asia
CENTIR is excited for the new collaboration with the UNICEF South Asia Office! Rukundo Kambarami will lead this collaboration to examine the epidemiology of breastfeeding in...
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Use of formative research to develop a behaviour change strategy to promote iron-folic acid and calcium supplementation in pregnancy
Use of formative research to develop a behaviour change strategy to promote iron-folic acid and calcium supplementation in pregnancy
A new article published in Maternal and Child Nutrition by Stephanie Martin, Gretchen Seim, Salome Wawire, Gina Chapleau, Sera Young and Kate Dickin, describes conducting in-depth...
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“Fungal toxins are poisoning Africa’s children, says new report”
“Fungal toxins are poisoning Africa’s children, says new report”
Professor Rebecca Stoltzfus and other's collaborated on a recent report released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer which discusses the "invisible" epidemic of fungal toxins...
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Measuring women’s time use to improve implementation of nutrition programs
Measuring women’s time use to improve implementation of nutrition programs
Dr. Cynthia Matare (PhD International Nutrition, Cornell University, 2015) shares her work as an IMMANA Fellow on Measuring Women's Time Use to Improve Implementation of...
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