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Release: Aug. 22, 2001

Children's Hospital of Iowa receives research grant to study iron nutrition

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Researchers at the Children's Hospital of Iowa at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently received a five-year, $1,478,168 research grant from the National Institutes of Health to study iron nutrition of breast-fed infants.

Ekhard Ziegler, M.D., will serve as the principal investigator on the project. He and his team will conduct a series of trials on the effectiveness of different sources of iron for the prevention of iron deficiency, which can occur during prolonged breast-feeding. They will also use stable isotopes to assess the extent of iron loss from the gastrointestinal tract.

Ziegler directs the Fomon Infant Nutrition Unit, a division of the UI department of pediatrics, dedicated to the study of nutrition and growth of normal infants and premature infants.

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