One of the few scientists in the world studying the effects of chemotherapy on nutrition, appetite, and exercise, Dr. Bart DeJonghe found in Penn Nursing great capacity for research at the cellular, animal, and human levels. Read more
The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) joined forces to develop new guidelines for the provision of optimal nutritional support therapy for critically ill children ages one month to 18 years of age.
Professor Diane Spatz writes Philadelphia Inquirer ‘Healthy Kids’ blog entry about baby formula and the unknown benefits it can offer. Read more
Penn senior student Nia Ebrahim, double majoring in Nutrition at Nursing and Biology at SAS, had the opportunity to work with Project Harar, a charity working with people in Ethiopia suffering from a facial disfigurement, such as cleft lip, cleft palate, or tumors, and provides them access to treatment. More than 40% of the patients who arrive for treatment are too malnourished to undergo surgery, therefore a focus on nutritional support prior and post treatment is provided by Project Harar.
Nia traveled across three regions in Ethiopia training health workers in nutrition, speaking with families of malnourished children, as well as speaking with communities to help spread good nutritional practices. Speaking about her experience, Nia said “As a nutrition major, it was amazing getting to apply the lessons learned and skills developed at Penn Nursing to my experiences out in the real world. The new experience I’ve gained during my time in Ethiopia has instilled in me a deeper appreciation for community nutrition work”.
Nia is set to graduate from Penn in the Spring of 2018.
On October 17, 2017 Penn Nursing joined The Food Trust HYPE Youth Summit in supporting and engaging Philadelphia high school youth in becoming leaders for healthy change in their schools and communities.
This year, four graduating seniors from Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences and Penn Nursing stand out from the crowd because they are the first students to leave Penn with a double major in their primary area as well as Nutrition Science.