Dr. Babette Zemel

Dr. Babette Zemel is a Biological Anthropologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. She has been conducting clinical research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since 1991. She is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. She is the Associate Program Director for the Center for Human Phenomic Science for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Director of the Nutrition Assessment Core.

Her overall research program aims to improve understanding of lifelong health and how it relates to childhood antecedents of physical growth and maturation, body composition, population ancestry/genetics, and lifestyle factors.

Such insight has practical implications for disease prevention and lifelong wellness, as well as broader scientific implications for understanding human plasticity and evolution. To this end, she has focused on two particular health concerns, bone fragility and obesity. She has been the Principal Investigator on numerous longitudinal studies funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health that have advanced our understanding of bone mineral accretion from early childhood through adulthood, and the effects of growth, muscle development, physical activity, genetics, diet and chronic disease during this critical life phase. She has developed reference ranges for clinical assessment of bone health, body composition and growth of children, including children with Down syndrome. She has also conducted studies of the development of obesity and its consequences. She currently is conducting a prospective, longitudinal study of African American pregnant women and their children examining factors contributing to excess weight gain in African American infants and young children, including the microbiome and the metabolome. A full list of her publications can be found at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/babette.zemel.1/bibliography/public/

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Main topics

  • Early feeding and growth
  • First 1000 days
  • Biological models in growth
  • Growth disorders
  • Birth cohorts
  • Croatian Islands' Birth Cohort Study (CRIBS)
  • Obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Nutrition and body composition
  • Epigenetics of growth and development
  • Environmental effects on growth
  • Recent advances in data analysis
  • Clinical considerations in fetal growth and neonatology
  • Kinesiology, maturity and athletic performance
  • Complex and genetic disorders
  • The exposome and allergic diseases
  • Growth and development in educational context (in collaboration with Education and Teacher Training Agency - in Croatian)




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Important info

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to postpone the ISGA Congress, originally planned for May 27-31 2020 in Šibenik, Croatia. Even with the vaccinations, the situation is not improving significantly and prevents us from holding the Congress in 2021.

International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA), with the Institute and Anthropological Research as host, and European Anthropological Association (EAA) came to a mutual decision to hold a joint ISGA & EAA Congress in 2024 in Croatia. We look forward to this event as a great opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and networking!

As the planning for the 2024 Congress proceeds, we will be updating the website to keep you informed, so please check the website and do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.