Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives

Venue: Grange Hotel

Location: Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Jun 25, 2007 End Date/Time: Jun 26, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Nov 30, 2006
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Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood:
Bio-Cultural Perspectives

A three day international, interdisciplinary conference

Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th June 2007
Grange over Sands, Cumbria

There is a growing understanding of the complex interactions between socio-cultural, biological, political and economic influences upon infant and child feeding, eating and nutrition. This international interdisciplinary conference is organised by the Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN). MAINN is a multidisciplinary group within the Women, Infant and Sexual Health Research Unit (WISH), Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire. The conference links closely with the international journal Maternal and Child Nutrition (Blackwells) that has its editorial office in MAINN. The conference will explore key themes from a range of disciplinary perspectives on infant and child feeding, eating and nutrition.

The conference aims to:

• Enhance understanding of the complex interactions between socio-cultural and biological factors in infant and child feeding, eating and nutrition.
• To explore the nature of the relationship that is engendered between mother and infant in connection with various types of nutritive and nurturing behaviour.
• To increase understandings of breastfeeding as a biocultural activity.
• To focus upon key strategic initiatives that may impact upon practices related to infant and child feeding, eating and nutrition.

Papers, posters or workshops are invited on any aspect of infant and child nutrition and feeding practices to include biological, social, cultural, psychological, political and economic issues. The scope includes fetal and neonatal nutrition, infant and child nutrition, feeding and eating, up to and including adolescence.

Thirty minute papers will be presented at concurrent sessions and posters will be displayed and discussed during designated 20 minute interactive poster sessions. Workshops will last up to an hour and are to be facilitated by at least three people.


Participation and attendance are encouraged from practitioners, academics and students across a spectrum of disciplines to include:

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• Anthropologists
• Biological Scientists
• Breastfeeding Support and Advocacy Groups
• Dieticians
• Health Visitors
• Infant Feeding Specialists
• Lactation Consultants
• Medical Doctors/Physicians
• Medical Sociologists
• Midwives
• Nurses
• Nutritionists
• Psychologists
• Sociologists

Key Note Speakers (all confirmed)

• Gretel Pelto, Professor of Nutritional Anthropology, Cornell University, USA
• James Bunn, Associate Professor in Community Health and Paediatrics, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi.
• Anthony F Williams, Consultant in Neonatal Paediatrics, St George’s Hospital, London
• Peter Aggett, Professor and Head of the Lancashire School of Health and Postgraduate Medicine, University of Central Lancashire
• Fiona Dykes, Reader in Maternal and Infant Health, University of Central Lancashire

Abstract Requirements

Abstracts should be submitted by email (Microsoft Word file preferred) to by 30th November 2006. The subject line of the email should clearly state “Nutrition & Nurture Conference Abstract”. All abstracts will be viewed by the Conference Review Committee.

The abstract must include the following:

• Title
• Author/presenter name(s), institution represented, postal address, email address. Please indicate who is the primary contact - this will be the person we contact.
• A 150 word abstract that includes (as appropriate) context, key themes to be covered, conclusion and implications for practice.
• Clearly indicate if submitting for paper, poster or workshop.
• A short biography of authors

Please note that all presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the fee which will be approximately £300 plus VAT for the 3 days, non-residential. Daily rate available at £100 plus VAT.

Conference Enquiries:

Liz Kelly, Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE
Email Tel: +44 (0)1772 893809 Fax: +44 (0)1772 892995