Our Webinar Series

We are excited to present this series of webinars, featuring highly accomplished and respected neonatal care and research professionals. The program is designed to offer valuable insights regarding neonatal nutrition; address challenges often associated with feeding practices in the NICU; and help neonatal care teams deliver the best care possible for their most vulnerable patients.


Upcoming Live Webinars


Nutrition of the Preterm Infant to Promote Brain Health

Wednesday, December 16 at 1:00pm ET 


Join leading expert Dr. Michael K. Georgieff as he discusses nutrition of the preterm infant to promote brain health. During the presentation, Dr. Georgieff will discuss the following:

  • The brain is not a homogenous organ. It is made up of different regions and processes that each have a unique developmental trajectory
  • Systems that support learning and memory, speed of processing and reward are particularly at risk in the newborn
  • The brain consumes 60% of the neonate’s total caloric intake
  • Nutrients that support energy metabolism and protein structure are particularly necessary for normal neurodevelopment in preterm infants
  • Nutrient handling is altered by infection and can affect brain development
  • The role of micronutrients other than iron are understudied in preterm infants
  • The cost to the baby are the long-term deficits induced by early life malnutrition


We will have a Q&A session at the end of the presentation to get your questions answered.


About the Speaker:

Michael K. Georgieff, MD

University of Minnesota

Dr. Michael K. Georgieff is the Martin Lenz Harrison Land Grant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. He is executive vice-chair of Pediatrics, and Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development at the University. He received his MD at Washington University in St. Louis, and his pediatric/neonatology training at the Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia and at the University of Minnesota. He is an internationally recognized expert on the effects of nutrition on the developing brain, and specifically the effects of iron status on neural circuits involved in learning and memory processing. His
career in this area has spanned 30 years and includes investigations of brain function in humans and pre-clinical models. He has conducted multiple studies on the effect of fetal and neonatal iron deficiency and neonatal anemia on developing brain regions and






His clinical research expertise is in neonatal nutrition and neurodevelopmental outcomes. His expertise in bench laboratory science includes conditional knock-out technology, neurometabolism, neuronal structural analysis, electrophysiology, gene expression and animal behavior. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers and serves as an advisor to the Pediatric Nutrition and Growth Branch of NICHD, sit on the review panel for the NICHD Neonatal Research Network, was a consultant to NICHD about Future Directions in Cognitive Research, was a member of the BOND (Biomarkers of Nutrition for Development) Iron Workgroup for NICHD and of the NICHD Global Health
Consultation Workgroup.




Save the Date


Promoting Breastfeeding in the NICU and After Discharge

Sarah Taylor, MD

Thursday, January 28


Early Life Development of the Gut Microbiome and its Health Implications

Christopher J. Stewart, PhD

Wednesday, February 17


Gaps in Standardizing Nutrition in the NICU

Jae Kim, MD, PhD

Wednesday, March 10 at 2pm ET



Previous Webinars


Human Milk for the Preterm Infant

Tuesday, November 17


During this webinar, you will hear Dr. Richard Schanler discuss the following:

  • Beneficial aspects of human milk specifically for preterm infants
  • Reasons for and types of human milk fortifiers
  • Compare donor milk with mother’s own milk
  • Discharge planning to include human milk


We will have a Q&A session at the end of the presentation to get your questions answered.


About the Speaker:

Richard Schanler, MD

Program Director,

Fellowship in 

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Cohen Children’s and Northwell Health

Dr. Richard Schanler is Program Director for the Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Northwell Health in Long Island, New York. He is Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Research Investigator at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research of Northwell Health.  Nutrition in the NICU is his major research and clinical interest. He has conducted studies focusing on the effects human milk on the recipient premature infant, and the how processing effects the composition of human milk.






He has over 100 publications in this area.  Dr. Schanler is a member of the American Pediatric Society, Society for Pediatric Research, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is a former President of both the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation. He was a past Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Breastfeeding, and is the Senior Editor of the AAP/ACOG Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, now completing the third edition. He is the 2020 recipient of the AAP Samuel J. Fomon Nutrition Award.



The Challenges of Preterm Infant Formula Development

Tuesday, October 27


The challenges of bringing an infant formula to market are extensive and complex, and even more so for a premature infant formula.

During this webinar, you will hear Marc L. Masor, PhD discuss the following:

  • How is infant formula regulated?
  • How does that affect infant formula development?
  • How does the manufacturing process affect key infant formula characteristics?
  • What is the research model for infant formula?
  • What clinical research is needed to bring an infant formula to market?
  • How are the ingredients selected and studied to meet the nutritional requirements of preterm infants?
    • Ingredient interactions may affect bioavailability.
    • Selection and study of novel ingredients.
    • Are there different physiological effects between natural and synthetic nutrients?


We will have a Q&A session at the end of the presentation to get your questions answered.


About the Speaker:

Marc L. Masor, PhD

Science Educator

Retired Director, Clinical Nutrition Research

Abbott Nutrition

Marc Masor, with a PhD in nutritional biochemistry, retired as Director of Clinical Nutrition Research at Abbott Nutrition after spending 16 years conducting infant nutrition research. He led the research project for the development of Similac® Advance and is an inventor on 10 patents covering Similac infant formulas.








He has spoken to physicians, nurses, dietitians, regulatory agencies, and conferences across the US and in over 30 countries.
You might be interested to know that Dr. Masor’s Ph.D. research project was to determine the effect of dietary protein on lactation.


Achieving Nutritional Excellence – Improving the Quality, Safety, and Value of NICU Nutrition

Tuesday, October 6


During the presentation, you’ll hear Dr. K. Suresh Gautham:

  • Describe the general concepts and principles of quality, safety, and value in healthcare
  • Describe methods to measure quality and safety, and interpret quality metrics
  • List quality and safety metrics specific to neonatal nutrition
  • Discuss some common frameworks and methods for quality improvement
  • Specify how a comprehensive NICU nutrition program can be built
  • Identify priorities for nutritional quality improvement in their own NICU


We will have a Q&A session at the end of the presentation to get your questions answered.


About the Speaker:

K. Suresh Gautham, MD

Baylor College of Medicine

Texas Children’s Hospital

Dr. K. S. Gautham, MD, DM, MS, FAAP, is a Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a Neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital. He previously served as Section Head and Service Chief of Neonatology at Texas Children’s Hospital. He is a Deputy Editor of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety, and a Senior Editor for the Neonatal Review Group of the Cochrane Collaboration.  He is an editor of a well-known textbook, Assisted Ventilation of the Neonate, editor of Clinical Guidelines in

Neonatology, and is also an editor of the neonatology section in Rudolph Textbook of Pediatrics.  After his fellowship in neonatology at the University of Vermont, he served as a faculty member there and was a postgraduate fellow at the Vermont Oxford Network. He has worked closely with the Vermont Oxford Network for many years, as a faculty member of the Vermont Oxford Network’s quality improvement collaborative, the Neonatal Intensive Care Quality (NICQ) project, and as an advisory board member for NICQ. He has set up and directed several educational courses on patient safety, on evidence-based medicine and on communication in healthcare. He was chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics program, Education in Quality Improvement for Pediatric Practice (EQIPP) for 13 years and is now a member of the group managing this program.


Building a Better Baby Biome: Caring for our Babies and their Bugs

Investigating Gut Health and the Microbiome of Premature Babies

Thursday, September 17


Join leading expert Dr. Katherine Gregory as we investigate gut health and the microbiome of premature babies with the goal of developing new approaches to neonatal nutrition and care.  This involves an analysis of the bacteria that live within the premature baby’s intestine, which we believe plays an important role in how they grow and develop during infancy and childhood.  We aim to harness the microbiome to improve the long-term well-being of premature babies.

During this webinar, you’ll learn about:

  • Intestinal biology during early life
  • The relationships between microbes and host cells
  • Clinical factors that impact the establishment of the intestinal microbiome during early life
  • Child health outcomes that are influenced by gut health and the intestinal microbiome
  • Opportunities to therapeutically manipulate the intestinal microbiome to improve health outcomes


We will have a Q&A session at the end of the presentation to get your questions answered.


About the Speaker:

Katherine Gregory, PhD, RN, FAAN

Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Dr. Gregory has dedicated her research and clinical career to improving health outcomes for preterm infants and their families, focusing primarily on GI diseases, nutrition, the microbiome, and its role in gut health for these fragile patients.  She is currently the Associate Chief Nurse for Women’s and Newborn Health and Research and Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Gregory received her BSN from SUNY Binghamton, her MSN from The University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from Boston College.  Dr. Gregory began her work as a registered nurse more than 20 years ago and has practiced in the Neonatal ICU at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY and at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.  Prior to coming to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2014, she was a tenured Associate Professor of Nursing at Boston College.  Dr. Gregory is a dedicated mentor, administrator, and widely published researcher.  She has a presented nationally and internationally.  She is the Editor of the Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, visiting professor of Nursing at Boston College and the Institute of Health Professions.  In 2018, Dr. Gregory was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


Nutritional Status and Gut Health in Preterm Infants – What is it, and how do we assess it?

Wednesday, July 29

Dr. Nicholas Embleton will discuss the following topics:

  • A comprehensive practical approach to nutrition requires recognition of multiple interacting elements
  • Nutrition includes 1) nutrients 2) functional components 3) microbiome 4) socio, techno, and behavioral aspects
  • Breast milk is more than food
  • Nutritional status is a multidimensional and dynamic concept – what you are, what you eat, what you can do
  • Assessment of nutritional status requires a structured approach – ABCDE
  • Gut health is a continuum rather than a binary outcome of “healthy” or “unhealthy”


We will have a Q&A session at the end of the presentation to get your questions answered.

About the Speaker:

nicholas embleton

Nicholas D. Embleton, MD, MBBS, FRCPCH
Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Dr. Nicholas Embleton is Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician, and Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne UK, having completed paediatric and neonatal training in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and Vancouver, Canada. His doctoral thesis was on ‘Protein Requirements in Preterm Infants’. Dr Embleton helps lead a broad portfolio of research coordinated by the NEWCASTLE NEONATAL NUTRITION & NECROTISING ENTEROCOLITIS (N4) RESEARCH TEAM and includes the unique Great North Neonatal that holds stool, urine, blood & breastmilk samples and data from over 1000 very preterm infants. Studies include large-scale NIHR nutrition trials that recruited >5000 preterm infants, in-house studies looking at immune development, and mechanistic microbiomic and metabolomic studies. Professor Embleton coordinates the Newcastle Preterm Birth Growth study that has tracked the growth and metabolic outcomes of children who were born preterm into late adolescence, including

measures of insulin sensitivity and body composition, along with epigenetic correlates. Current trials include exploring the impact of exclusive human milk diets in extremelypreterm infants (INDIGO), and feeding in late and moderately preterm infants (FLAMINGO). Professor Embleton coordinates the Newcastle Preterm Birth Growth study that has tracked the growth and metabolic outcomes of children who were born preterm into late adolescence, including measures of insulin sensitivity and body composition, along with epigenetic correlates. Current trials include exploring the impact of exclusive human milk diets in extremely preterm infants (INDIGO), and feeding in late and moderately preterm infants (FLAMINGO). Professor Embleton is an elected member of the ESPGHAN Committee of Nutrition, and coordinates the UK based Neonatal Nutrition Network, and has >175 peer reviewed publications in addition to numerous educational articles and book chapters.

Preterm Infant Growth Assessment – Metrics That Matter

Wednesday, June 10

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Tanis Fenton, PhD, RD & William W. Hay, MD

Leading experts Dr. Tanis Fenton and Dr. Bill Hay address the challenges
associated with EUGR to properly assess preterm infant growth and discuss the
metrics that are essential for optimizing nutritional support while mitigating the
potential for adverse outcomes.

During the presentation, we review findings from a recent publication and discuss:

  • EUGR, the challenges and potential harm it can cause and why it may be a misnomer
  • Normal human fetal growth rate what the requirements are to achieve this goal and the possible consequences if we don’t
  • Proper growth assessment and what metrics matter most

About the Speakers:

Tanis Fenton, PhD, RD
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, CA

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition from the University of Alberta and a Master’s degree in nutrition from the University Toronto, Dr. Fenton worked as a clinical dietitian. Wishing to learn more about research and critical appraisal, she completed a Doctorate degree in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Fenton is now working as a Research Lead for Alberta Nutrition Services, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Dr. Fenton is known internationally for a growth chart she developed for preterm infants and her meta analyses on the alkaline diet hypothesis. She is the invited Chair for the Preterm Infant Expert Workgroup for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for the nutritional care of preterm infants. Her primary academic focus is on growth of preterm infants.

William W. Hay, MD
University of Colorado (retired)
Denver, CO

Dr. William Hay is retired Professor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at the University of Colorado. Prior to his retirement he was Director of the Child Maternal Health Program, the Early Life Exposures Program, and the Neonatal Perinatal Clinical Translational Research Center of the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He also served as Scientific Director of the Perinatal Research Center. Dr. Hay’s research has focused on maternal nutrition, placental nutrient transport, fetal physiology, and fetal and neonatal nutrition and metabolism. A major emphasis of his research has been on intrauterine growth restriction and how this condition programs fetal and neonatal growth and development. He also has studied how to provide nutrition to the preterm infant of the same gestational age as the normally growing fetus and to prevent nutrient limitation of postnatal growth. Dr. Hay is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in disorders of glucose metabolism in neonates and nutrition of the preterm infant.