Preterm Infant

Preterm Infant

Welcome to the Very Low Birthweight Preterm Infant Project

Phase I 
In 2014, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and the National Institutes of Health initiated a two-phase project for a preterm infant nutrition guideline. A variety of stakeholders and representatives from the Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society for Nutrition, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the USDA came together to identify topics of concern. This group of representatives appointed four workgroups who were charged with formulation of research questions and rationale. The proceedings, as well as the research questions and rationale can be found in the following publications:
  • Raiten DJ, Steiber AL, Carlson SE, et al. Working group reports: evaluation of the evidence to support practice guidelines for nutritional care of preterm infants - the Pre-B Project. Am J Clin Nutr 2016;103(2):6485-6785.
    PMID: 26791182
  • Raiten DJ, Steiber AL, Hand RK. Executive summary: evaluation of the evidence to support practice guidelines for nutritional care of preterm infants - the Pre-B Project. Am J Clin Nutr 2016;103(2):5995-6055. PMID: 267911979
Phase II
Upon completion of Phase I, the Academy initiated the development of a systematic review and evidence-based nutrition practice guideline. Due to the comprehensive scope identified in Phase I, and the vast amount of identified literature, a rigorous scoping review was conducted. The results of the scoping review has been accepted for publication: Moloney L, Rozga M, Fenton T. Nutrition Assessment, Exposures and Interventions for Very Low Birthweight Preterm Infants: a Scoping Review. J Acad Diet. 2018 In Press.

Use the tabs titled Scoping Review Results and Systematic Review Research Questions in the left navigation bar for additional information - including the systematic review research questions and project timeline.

Project Team 
The systematic review and guideline development project team is comprised of six-member volunteer workgroup. Expand the section title Project Team for a full listing of individuals.
  • Project Team and Disclosures (2018)
    The following individuals contributed their valuable time and expertise to this project:

    Workgroup Members
    • Tanis Fenton, MHSc, PhD, RD, Chair
    • Sharon Groh-Wargo, PhD, RD, LD
    • Kathleen Gura, PharmD
    • Camilia Martin, MD
    • Sarah N. Taylor, MD, MSCR
    • Jacqueline Wessel, MEd, RDN, CNSC, CSP, CLE, LD
    Lead Analyst
    • Mary Rozga, PhD, RDN
    Project Manager
    • Lisa Moloney, MS, RDN
    Financial Contributors
    • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Disclosures of Potential Conflicts of Interest: In the interest of full disclosure, the Academy has adopted the policy of revealing relationships workgroup members have with companies that sell products or services that are relevant to this topic. Workgroup members are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest by completing the Academy Conflict of Interest Form. It should not be assumed that these financial interests will have adverse impact on the content, but they are noted here to fully inform readers:
    • Fenton, T: received compensation from Innovate Calgary, a technology transfer group of the University of Calgary, who assisted with development of the Fenton Preterm Growth Chart
    • Groh-Wargo, S: Co-investigator on NIH-funded study “Wheezing in Black Infants Born Preterm: Impact of Vitamin D Supplementation’; site PI for infant formula clinical trials sponsored by Abbott Nutrition; has received compensation from Abbott Nutrition for development of educational material, meeting expenses; and speaking services.
    • Martin, C: has served on scientific advisory boards of Alcresta, Laurent Sancilio (no payment received)
    • Taylor, S: PI for Baxter Pharmaceutical study; paid to serve on NICU research advisory council for Medela
    • Wessel, J: Payment by Abbott Nutrition for speaking engagement

    updated: April 2018