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Welcome to Nutrition

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The mission of the Section of Pediatric Nutrition is to enhance the health of all infants and children through research and the promotion of best practices for nutrition and physical activity in health and disease.

Our academic mission includes research, clinical care, education and training, and community outreach.

Please explore our Web site for more information, and contact us if you have any questions.

                -  Nancy F. Krebs, MD, MS,  Head, Section of Nutrition

Postdoctoral Fellow Opportunity:

Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, in collaboration with the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group (IZiNCG) Secretariat

is seeking a Postoctoral Fellow to help oversee the implementation of a large, community-based study to examine the nutritional impact of multiply-fortified salt among women of reproductive age in Haryana, India. For more information, please contact:

Christine McDonald, ScD
Assistant Scientist & Director of IZiNCG
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute
5700 Martin Luther King Jr Way | Oakland, CA 94609
tel: 510-450-7938

Postdoctoral Fellow Highlight:

Sarah Purcell, PhD
I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition, respectively, at Florida State University. I continued my research at the University of Alberta, where I earned my Ph.D. in Nutrition and Metabolism. There, I investigated energy expenditure in relation to body composition, dietary intake, and current nutrition recommendations among individuals with active cancer. I am currently funded by a nutrition T32 fellowship at the University of Colorado, under the mentorship of Dr. Marc Cornier and Dr. Edward Melanson. My research investigates relationships among appetite, body composition, physical activity, and energy metabolism and how structured exercise may impact these variables in people with obesity. I am passionate about exploring human physiology as it pertains to nutrition and exercise since it is an ever-growing field with potential to make substantial impacts on health and longevity. My love of nutrition and exercise translates to my personal life; in my free time, I enjoy training for triathlons and marathons, doing yoga, painting, eating a diverse array of foods (not necessarily cooking!), traveling, and spending time with my husband, Chase, and two Chihuahuas, Bobo and Bitsy.



A comprehensive range of clinical nutrition support, with expertise available from physicians board certified in clinical nutrition.  MORE »


Education at all levels of training for health care providers, including Clinical and Post-Doc Fellowships  in Pediatric Nutrition.  MORE »


Areas of research focus include energy balance & metabolism, micronutrients, obesity, prevention programs... MORE »



  • Congratulations to Kim Gracey, PA-C, Senior Instructor in the Section of Nutrition.  Kim was named a Provider of the Month for February 2020 at Children's Hospital Colorado.


  • Nutrition Seminar:           Dr. Wayne W Campbell,  PhD, Professor of Nutrition Science at Purdue University will present at the Nutrition Seminar at 12:00pm on Thursday, February 20th in AO1 room 5101.


  • Susan Johnson, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, is featured in the article “Can Babies Learn to Love Vegetables?” in the November 25 issue of The New Yorker.   


  • Kudos to Stephanie Gilley, Martine Saint-Cyr, Richard Boles, Matt Haemer, and Suzanne Paul for being recognized in the categories of  Professionalism and  Teamwork in Children's Hospital Colorado's SEED Peer to Peer Promotion


Nutrition Seminar Schedule Spring 2020.pdf