Iannotti’s research focuses on young child nutrition in resource-poor settings to promote healthy growth and development. She has expertise in nutrient deficiencies (such as iron, zinc, vitamin A and choline) related to infectious disease, poverty and environmental degradation. Her research sites include Haiti, Ecuador and Kenya, where teams work to identify integrated nutrition interventions. She consults with the World Health Organization on complementary feeding policies and practices.
At the Brown School, Iannotti chairs the Global Health specialization of the Master of Public Health program. She teaches courses related to nutrition, global health, and program planning, implementation and evaluation. Iannotti is a scholar at Institute for Public Health and works on campus-wide initiatives to promote the international engagement of Washington University.
In Haiti, with a team of colleagues from a local university, she is leading an effort to build an undergraduate degree program in public health.
Trish Kohl and Lora Iannotti, associate professors at Washington University’s Brown School, have received a five-year $3.2 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health to study stunted growth and development in children in Haiti.
The EAT-Lancet report has done an important job in bringing global attention to the question of how to sustainably feed the world’s growing population. But now it needs to take the next step and fully incorporate the perspectives of the poorer people in developing and emerging economies and of the vast emerging global middle classes.
Washington University in St. Louis experts from all corners of academia long have been studying climate change in the context of their own fields. Here is a sampling of their perspectives on the National Climate Assessment released Nov. 23.
Feeding eggs to infants could provide them with key nutrients for better brains. A Brown School study finds infants who were introduced to eggs beginning at 6 months showed significantly higher blood concentrations of key nutrients.