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My research interests involve clinical trials and operational research to treat and prevent micronutrient deficiencies, with particular focus on iron deficiency anaemia.
Iron-deficiency anaemia is the most prevalent nutrient deficiency in the world today, affecting as many as 1.5 billion people. Groups at risk include women of child-bearing age, pregnant women, and rapidly growing infants, children, and adolescents. Infants with iron-deficiency anaemia may have nonreversible developmental delay. Using a home-fortification approach, known as 'Sprinkles', my colleagues and I have initiated international collaborations to support research, advocacy and program development in diverse settings including countries in Asia (Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia & Pakistan), Africa (Ghana & Kenya), Latin America and Caribbean (Bolivia, Guyana, and Haiti).
Publications and Awards
Stanley H Zlotkin, Claudia Schauer, Anna Christofides, Waseem Sharieff, Mélody C. Tondeur, SM Ziauddin Hyder. Micronutrient Sprinkles to Control Childhood Anemia - simple powdered sachet may be the key to addressing a global problem. PLoS Med. 2005 Jan; 2 (1):e1.
Tondeur MC, Schauer CS, Christofides AL, Asante KP, Newton S, Serfass RE, Zlotkin SH. Determination of iron absorption from intrinsically labelled microencapsulated ferrous fumarate (sprinkles) in infants with different iron and hematologic status by using a dual-stable-isotope method. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Nov;80(5):1436-44.
Zlotkin S. A new approach to control of anemia in "at risk" infants and children around the world. 2004 Ryley-Jeffs memorial lecture. Can J Diet Pract Res. 2004 Fall;65(3):136-8.
Zlotkin SH. Clinical Nutrition: The role of nutrition in the prevention of iron deficiency anemia in infants, children and adolescents. Can Med Assoc Journal 168:59-62, 2003.