Emerging Science for the First 1,000 Days: Knowledge Gaps and RD Opportunities
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the most active period of neurologic development occurs in the first 1,000 days of life. For the first time, the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will consider neurocognitive health and development through all life stages as well as comprehensive dietary guidance for women during pregnancy and infants and toddlers under 2 years of age. As the body of science grows, the critical nature of key nutrients during the first 1,000 days will become an area of increasing importance for health professionals to address. However, despite this exciting momentum, research reveals a concerning knowledge gap amongst key practitioners, obstetricians, and pediatricians as well as mothers when it comes to key nutrients such as choline and lutein. The objective of this podcast is to explore the cutting-edge science on diet and neurocognition for the first 1,000 and address opportunities for education amongst health professionals and relevant patient populations.
Dr. Mickey Rubin is the Executive Director of the Egg Nutrition Center. Dr. Rubin began his career in the food industry at Kraft Foods where he served as a Senior Nutrition Scientist. Dr. Rubin then served as Principal Scientist at Provident Clinical Research. Most recently, Dr. Rubin spent 8 years as Vice President of Nutrition Research at National Dairy Council.
A member of the American Society of Nutrition, Dr. Rubin graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Memphis, and later earning a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Connecticut where his research interests included exercise endocrinology, sports nutrition, and the effects of dietary interventions on cardiometabolic health outcomes. Dr. Rubin is also the author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers and text book chapters covering the topics of nutrition and exercise science.