Christine McDonald, MSc, ScD: Global Child Undernutrition and Efforts to Reduce Zinc Deficiency

Christine McDonald, ScD conducts research in global health nutrition with an emphasis on the design and evaluation of interventions to prevent and treat maternal and child undernutrition in resource-limited settings. Her research in Tanzania identified risk factors and consequences of undernutrition among HIV-exposed children, examined the effects of micronutrient supplementation for the prevention of child morbidity, and investigated the association between biomarkers of environmental enteric dysfunction and child growth. In Mali, she and her colleagues evaluated the effects of different dietary interventions on recovery rates and changes in body composition among young children with moderate acute malnutrition. Dr. McDonald has also led an epidemiological analysis of the association between multiple anthropometric deficits and mortality in more than 50,000 children from 10 low- and middle-income countries.

Dr. McDonald is an Assistant Scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and Deputy Director of the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group ( She is also a Visiting Assistant Researcher in the Department of Nutrition at the University of California, Davis.  Dr. McDonald received her doctoral degree in nutritional epidemiology from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and completed her post-doctoral training at Boston Children’s Hospital. She also received a MSc in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and trained as a clinical dietitian at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Thursday, September 19 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Outpatient Center (OPC) Boardroom

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School of Medicine, Global Health Sciences


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Alumni


UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

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