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HRB-TMRN Research Associate secures HRB funding to nurture and develop trials methodology research agenda

HRB invests €7 million to nurture a talented new generation of academic researchers

Health inequality, schizophrenia, and therapies in children with cystic fibrosis are three of nine important topics to be addressed by our Emerging Investigator Awards for Health (EIA) 2022. Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar based in UCC and a HRB-TMRN Research Associate secured funding for her Trials Methodology research related to outcomes.

A Standardised Approach to Measuring Infant Feeding Outcomes to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Lead Applicant: Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar

Host Institution: University College Cork

Lay summary: Approximately one in five children experience obesity worldwide, making it a major public health challenge. What, how and when children are fed in the first year of life (“infant-feeding”) contributes to childhood obesity risk. This research aims to provide researchers, practitioners, and policymakers with a toolkit of measurement instruments (e.g., questionnaires, clinical assessments) to better evaluate infant-feeding interventions and prevent childhood obesity. This will enhance the evaluation of interventions to prevent childhood obesity, with potential for significant impact on, and meaningful improvements for, population health.

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