Bo Lönnerdal has been selected to receive the 2019 Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Pediatric Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society for Nutrition. This award recognizes a clinician or investigator who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the field of pediatric nutrition, particularly to the role of childhood nutrition in health and disease. The award is endowed by the Suskind family.
The award will be presented at ASN’s flagship meeting, Nutrition 2019, to be held June 8-11, 2019 in Baltimore MD. As the award recipient Lönnerdal is invited to deliver the 2019 Robert Suskind and Leslie Lewinter-Suskind Pedatric Lifetime Achievement Award Lecture on Monday, June 10th, 11:30am.
Dr. Lönnerdal's research program is focused on two main areas: infant/pediatric nutrition and trace element metabolism. Current research topics include:
- Studies on factors affecting breast milk composition, including maternal nutrition, hormones and stage of lactation
- Mechanisms for nutrient uptake by mammary cells as well as expression of genes encoding human milk proteins
- Bioavailability of nutrients to infants and how this is affected by the mode of feeding, including receptor-mediated uptake mechanisms in the small intestine
- Iron, zinc, copper and selenium nutrition of infants, children and adolescents
- Bioactive factors in milk
- Trace element uptake and transport by biological membranes, including receptor-mediated uptake of trace elements by the placenta, intestine, liver and mammary gland
- Nutrient-nutrient interactions