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Biomarkers of Gut Function and Predictors of Linear Growth and Neurodevelopment Status Among Young Tanzanian Children

Christopher Duggan of Children's Hospital Boston in the U.S. and his team will test whether known biomarkers of gut dysfunction can accurately predict impaired neurodevelopment and stunting, which reflects chronic malnutrition and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in young children. The biomarkers will be validated in a well-characterized group of young Tanzanian children. The goal is to facilitate the identification of at risk children early in life, so that appropriate intervention strategies can be applied.

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