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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
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.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.