Nutrition in Pregnancy Conference

Development before birth is now known to be a critical time period in establishing later life chronic disease risk. Nutrition plays a vital role in this development, but specific guidelines detailing nutritional needs of pregnant women are lacking.

This issue crosses multiple disciplines. Obstetricians, family medicine practitioners, dieticians, epidemiologists and developmental physiologists each understand a piece of the issue, but rarely have the opportunity to work together.

The Moore Institute is working to spur those conversations. In May 2019, the Moore Institute hosted the first Nutrition in Pregnancy Conference in Washington, D.C. The meeting gathered leading scientists, clinicians, dieticians and nutrition advocates. Talks covered current research in the unique needs of women before and during pregnancy and lactation, and how those nutritional needs impact the lifelong health of the mother and her offspring.

The second Nutrition in Pregnancy Conference will be held in spring of 2022 in Washington, D.C.

Nutrition in Pregnancy logo of pregnant woman and baby

2022 conference details

Kimpton Hotel Monaco
700 F St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

$500 planned cost

DAY 1
Session 1: The importance of nutrition in early life - including life course
Session 2: Maternal stress and racial disparities
Session 3: Lactation and first foods
Session 4: Barriers to nutrition and diet modification

DAY 2
Session 5: Community health and pregnancy outcomes
Session 6: College representatives
Session 7: Policy: Pregnancy and nutrition
Session 8:  Looking forward: How will nutrition science impact future policy?
Session 9: Improving nutrition for women at a national level: Open discussion to determine next steps in addressing maternal nutrition issues

Liana Haywood, M.P.H., Communications Manager, Bob & Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness

Scarlett Hopkins, R.N., M.A., Instructor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Perinatology Division

Leslie Myatt, Ph.D., Bob and Charlee Moore Endowed Professor, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Associate Director for Women's Health, Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness

Christie Naze, R.D., C.D.E., Clinical Dietitian Specialist, Center for Women's Health

Jonathan Purnell, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Knight Cardiovascular Institute and Division of Endocrinology; Associate Director for Clinical Research, Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition &Wellness

Lisa Rhuman, Director of Operations, Center for Developmental Health, Knight Cardiovascular Institute and Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness

Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., Associate Professor of Medicine; Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine, Director, Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition & Dietetic Internship; Director Curriculum Development, Lao American Nutrition Institute; Associate Director for Nutrition, Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., M. Lowell Edwards Chair, Professor Medicine, Director, Center for Developmental Health, Knight Cardiovascular Institute and Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness

Amy Valent, D.O., Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Linda Barbour, M.D., M.S.P.H., F.A.C.P., Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Divisions of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes and Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Medical Director OB Diabetes and High Risk OB Clinics; Co-Director Colorado Program for Nutrition and Healthy Development, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Darlena Birch, M.B.A., R.D.N., Senior Public Health Nutritionist, National WIC Association

Andrew Bremer, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.S., Chief, Pediatric Growth and Nutrition Branch, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Patrick Catalano, M.D., Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology;Vice Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mother Infant Research Institute, Tufts University School of Medicine 

Nicole Marshall, M.D., M.C.R., F.A.C.O.G, Assistant Professor, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

Emily Oken, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Lisa Rhuman Director of Operations, Center for Developmental Health, Knight Cardiovascular Institute and Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, Oregon Health & Science University

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., M. Lowell Edwards Chair, Professor Medicine, Director, Center for Developmental Health, Knight Cardiovascular Institute and Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, Oregon Health & Science University

Kurt Wharton, M.D., Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine; Vice Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beaumont Royal Oak Hospital

For questions, email Bernadette, or call 503-494-4238.