Dr. Robert Murray

Professor, Human Nutrition, Ohio State University

Dr Murray is a professor of pediatrics at the Ohio State University. He spent 25 years as a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. He also served as the Director of the Borden Center for Nutrition and Wellness and the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. During his career, Dr Murray focused on school-based nutrition policy and the importance of diet quality during early childhood. He is the immediate past-president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Infancy’s Big Bang: Explosive growth and development in early childhood

From birth, infants begin an extraordinary burst of physical growth, organ development, and brain expansion. Based on exposures and experiences, a child will form the foundations for their future health, mental health, and cognitive abilities. Optimal nutrition is critical during this time. Dr Murray will explore the many functions of breast milk, discuss good and bad choices we make during the introduction of first foods, and present several ideas for consciously planning a toddler’s initial diet between 6 months to 2 years of age that will shape their dietary pattern for life.

  • You think the baby is just “playing”, right? The stunning sensory and motor exploration that builds the brain
  • Why is breast milk such a big deal? The dual functions of breast milk – nutrition & transition to protect the baby in the new world
  • What are we trying to do with feeding? The parenting part of introducing a baby to non-milk foods
  • What is a dietary pattern anyway? Thinking about diet as a positive, powerful force in your family’s health and well-being