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Health in Africa Symposium Explores Causes of Child Stunting

March 1, 2018: EPI researchers Arie Havelaar and Sarah McKune discuss role of bacterial pathogens such as Campylobacter, in childhood stunting.

Health in Africa Symposium Explores Causes of Child Stunting

The Center for African Studies and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems held a symposium Thursday about current research on the underlying causes of malnutrition.

Arie Havelaar and Sarah McKune from the Emerging Pathogens Institute together with experts from the International Food Policy Research Institute and several peer universities to explore the underlying causes of child stunting. Although lack of nutrition is an important factor, the researchers suggested that microbial pathogens such as Campylobacter play a significant role in mitigating child growth.

The symposium took place in the Reitz Union Chamber Room, located on the first floor of the Reitz Union.