Laurence Grummer-Strawn

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Laurence Grummer-Strawn is a technical officer at the World Health Organization working to improve infant and young child feeding globally. He recently retired from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he was the chief of the Nutrition Branch. Having earned his PhD from Princeton University, he worked at CDC for over 23 years in the areas of Reproductive Health and Nutrition. He is an epidemiologist who has published over 150 scientific publications. He conducted over 60 international assignments providing technical assistance on maternal and child health. He is recognized internationally for his work on vitamin and mineral deficiencies, breastfeeding policy, and development of both the CDC and the WHO Growth Charts. Dr. Grummer-Strawn is widely known in the breastfeeding research and advocacy communities, serving as scientific editor of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Home Fortification Technical Advisory Group, the Board of the Iodine Global Network, the Executive Management Team of the Flour Fortification Initiative, and the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance.