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NNI announces the winner of the 2013 Fomon Physician Award at Experimental Biology

Posted:  Monday, April 15, 2013

The 2013 Samuel J. Fomon Young Physician Award will be presented to Dr. Parmi Suchdev at the 2013 ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology in Boston . This award is given to a physician within ten years  of medical postdoctoral training, for outstanding work in the general area of pediatric nutrition, infant growth or body composition. As the award honors Dr. Fomon, preclinical and/or clinical research that contributes to medical applications or impacts the practice of infant feeding will be recognized.

Dr. Suchdev is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University and a medical epidemiologist with the CDC Nutrition Branch. Dr. Suchdev teaches medical students and residents at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta as a Pediatric Hospitalist.  He also has joint appointments in the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and the Program in Nutrition Health Sciences at the Laney Graduate School where he teaches a graduate nutrition course and mentors students. Dr. Suchdev received his medical and public health training at Northwestern University and completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Washington.  He completed the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service fellowship before joining the Emory faculty in 2007.

Dr. Suchdev’s research focuses on micronutrient malnutrition, in particular the safety and effectiveness of home fortification programs, as well as the effects of infection/inflammation on nutrition biomarkers. Since 2010, he has written 14 papers on this topic, which has contributed to the formulation of global policy by the WHO. Dr. Suchdev has been the principal investigator of a longitudinal effectiveness study in western Kenya, which found that selling Sprinkles through community vendors was effective in reducing anemia, iron deficiency, and vitamin A deficiency in children less than 5 years of age.