Professor Alan Lucas Founded the Child Nutrition Research Centre at the Institute of Child Health in London,
where he is now Professor of Paediatric Nutrition. This is the largest center of its type in Europe devoted
to the impact of infant and child nutrition on health. Professor Lucas' work on nutrition spans the
period from fetal life to adolescence, though he has a particular interest in the concept of "programming"
(a term he coined); he initiated the first intervention trials to test the programming effects of
early nutrition on long term health and development. In 1980, he developed the concept of lacto-engineering,
the basis for the later development of human milk-based fortifiers and formulas for preterm infants.
He has over 400 publications in the field of paediatric nutrition and has received a number of awards
for his work, including the James Spence medal awarded in recognition of life-time achievement in British pediatrics.
He is currently Chair of Paediatric Nutrition at University College London, and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge
where he was Director of Medical Studies and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Cynthia L. Blanco, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Texas, San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Dr. Blanco is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics with tenure at the University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Blanco is heavily involved in clinical research and has been well published in peer reviewed journals.
Her research interests are in parenteral and enteral nutrition of the critically ill neonate.
Her research focus includes enteral nutrition strategies to decrease the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis
with exclusive human nutrition and the biochemical markers involved in pasteurized human milk in relationship
with gastrointestinal disease. She has also studied the effects of early and higher intravenous amino acid
supplementation for extremely low birth weight infants and the use of intravenous fish oil for
parenteral nutrition-associated liver disease. Her basic science research relates to glucose
metabolism and insulin resistance in prematurity.
Dr. Blanco completed her undergraduate studies and received her MD as a valedictorian at the
Universidad de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She completed her residency in pediatrics at
Texas Tech University and her postdoctoral degree in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, with a Masters in Clinical Investigation.
Barry T. Bloom, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
Wichita, Kansas, USA
Dr. Bloom earned his medical degree and completed his residency training in pediatrics
at The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita.
He completed Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship training at
University of California, San Diego, and is
board certified in General Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.
Dr. Bloom's particular areas of interest are Quality Improvement
in the NICU and Neonatal Clinical Trials - Design and Conduct.
Amy B. Hair, MD
Assistant Professor, Section of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Program Director, Neonatal Nutrition Program, Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas, USA
Dr. Hair is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Neonatology and Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College
of Medicine, in Houston, Texas. She specializes in the care of premature infants and infants born with
complex medical conditions requiring multidisciplinary care. Dr. Hair's research focuses on neonatal nutrition,
specifically growth and the use of human milk in very low birth weight infants.
Dr. Hair earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with honors and Magna Cum Laude, at the University of
Georgia in Athens, GA, and her Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA.
Her postgraduate training included a pediatrics residency at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville.
Dr. Hair completed post-doctoral fellowships in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine
and in nutrition at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center in Houston.