A Program Dedicated to Advancing Nutrition Science

The Abbott Nutrition Growth Ambassador Program brings together prominent leaders in the field of nutrition and growth to share insights and promote growth through advocacy, science, and collaboration.

Coming Together in Paris to Support Healthy Growth

The 2nd Annual Growth Summit is designed to inspire and train the next generation of global Growth Ambassadors. Our current team of world-renowned Growth Ambassadors will present research findings and review strategies for optimal childhood growth, creating a unique knowledge network of experts from around the world. The scientific content shared at the Growth Summit can be easily replicated at Growth Summits worldwide.

This year’s Growth Summit, held prior to the International Conference on Nutrition and Growth (N&G 2018) in Paris, provides an opportunity to learn firsthand from the prestigious group of current global Growth Ambassadors. Their key messages can then be replicated and amplified through regional Growth Summits around the world.

Our Growth Ambassadors

Prof. Raanan Shamir

Prof. Raanan Shamir

President, ESPGHAN

Dr. Julian Lui

Dr. Julian Lui

Staff Scientist, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Prof. Joe Millward

Prof. Joe Millward

Emeritus Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Surrey

Prof. David A. Mills

Prof. David A. Mills

Professor and the Peter J. Shields Endowed Chair in the Departments of Food Science & Technology, University of California at Davis

Prof. Virginia A. Stallings

Prof. Virginia A. Stallings

Pediatrician and Jean A. Cortner Endowed Chair in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Luise Marino

Dr. Luise Marino

Chief Paediatric Dietitian, Paediatric Intensive Care, Gastroenterology and Nutrition Support Team, Southampton Children's Hospital, University Hospital Southampton

Prof. Robert Murray

Prof. Robert Murray

Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University

Growth Summit Agenda

February 28, 2018, Paris, France

12:00–13:00 Buffet Lunch — AUTEUIL Room

13:00–13:15 Welcome from Abbott Nutrition

13:15–13:45 Stunting & Malnutrition: The Importance of Screening & Intervention

Review linear growth failure in childhood epidemiology, including risk factors, pathogenesis, and consequences, as well as the window of opportunity for catch-up growth

Prof. Raanan Shamir
President, ESPGHAN

13:45–14:15 Human Stature: Interplay Between Growth Plate Biology, Genetics, and Environment

Review the phases of human linear growth, the regulation of the growth plate, the role of nutrition, and advances in current growth plate research

Dr. Julian Lui
Staff Scientist, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

14:15–14:45 Role of Nutrition in Linear Growth Regulation

Review the regulation of linear growth by nutritional influences, the physiological coordination of whole-body growth, and the role of nutrients

Prof. Joe Millward
Emeritus Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Surrey

14:45–15:15 Childhood Undernutrition & the Gut Microbiota in the First 1,000 Days

Review the extrinsic factors that affect pediatric gut microbiota composition, including nutrition, illness, and antibiotic exposure, and the effects of impaired postnatal gut microbiota development and dysbiosis on linear growth

Prof. David A. Mills
Professor and the Peter J. Shields Endowed Chair in the Departments of Food Science & Technology, University of California at Davis

15:15–15:30 Break

15:30–16:00 Nutritional Intervention for Healthy Childhood Growth—The Clinician’s POV

Learn about the role of the HCP/clinician in identifying growth issues; signs of growth faltering and undernutrition; and the importance of measuring, monitoring, and tracking a child’s growth progress

Prof. Virginia A. Stallings
Pediatrician and Jean A. Cortner Endowed Chair in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

16:00–16:30 Nutritional Intervention for Healthy Childhood Growth—The Dietician’s POV

Learn about the dietitian’s role in determining the right nutritional intervention for a growth faltering child, nutritional intervention in the acute setting, and the role of oral nutritional supplements and tube feeding

Dr. Luise Marino
Chief Paediatric Dietitian, Paediatric Intensive Care, Gastroenterology and Nutrition Support Team, Southampton Children's Hospital, University Hospital Southampton

16:30–17:30 Bringing It All Together—Leaving as a Growth Ambassador; Speaker Panel Q&A

Review key takeaways and the importance of being a Growth Ambassador

Prof. Robert Murray

17:30–17:45 Growth Summit Wrap-Up

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