PLOS Medicine announce forthcoming Special Issue: Maternal and Child Health & Nutrition

PLOS Medicine have announced a forthcoming Special Issue dedicated to the role of Nutrition in Maternal and Child Health which will be guest edited, among others, by MARCH researcher Lars Åke Persson, Professor in Public Health Evaluation at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and based at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute in Addis Ababa. Research submissions are now being invited.

For this Special Issue PLOS Medicine welcomes high quality primary research articles that address the health of the mother and child as well as aspects of nutrition that lie within one or more of the following crosscutting perspectives:

  • Social and nutritional transitions have, especially in low- and middle-income countries and resource-constrained regions of high-income countries, led to serious consequences for the nutrition and health of the mother–child dyad. Concomitant obesity, overweight and underweight in communities and families against the background of a rapidly changing society are challenges for health services as well as other sectors of society, and research investigating clinical or epidemiological aspects of these social and nutritional transitions as well as interventions and policies targeting these are thus of interest.
  • Maternal and infant nutrition: Maternal nutritional status encompassing the periods before, during, between, and after pregnancy, including while breastfeeding, and infant nutrition in the crucial first 1,000 days have an impact on fetal development, pregnancy complications, birth outcomes and child healthWe particularly welcome clinical trials and other practice-changing research investigating the role of nutritional risk factors on complications of pregnancy such as gestational diabetes, hypertension or infectious diseases; prenatal, maternal and infant food and micronutrient supplementation; as well as infant and young child feeding practices.
  • Continuum of care for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition has been used to describe the integrated services delivered for mother and child. The continuum could be extended from pre-pregnancy of the mother through childhood of the offspring. Families, communities and the health system provide these services, and the gaps in services in most societies lead to lost opportunities and severe consequences for nutrition and for the health of mother and child. Public health and clinical studies as well as implementation research focusing on these issues are welcome.
  • Developmental origin of health and disease (DOHaD) perspective potentially covers the period before conception and continuing up to adulthood or parts thereof and focuses on one generation or across generations. Clinically-relevant genetic and epigenetic epidemiology or mechanistic studies and intervention trials investigating the parental influence on the future health of offspring later in life are of interest—these could be limited to the mother and/or also address the effects of paternal exposures.