Human Milk and Preterm Infant Brain Development


Mandy Brown Belfort, MD, MPH

Neonatologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Brigham
and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston,
Massachusetts, USA
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Speaker Bio - Mandy Brown Belfort, MD, MPH

Dr. Mandy B. Belfort received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania and her MPH in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her internship and residency training through the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics and served as Chief Fellow in the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program. Dr. Belfort is currently a neonatologist and researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Belfort’s epidemiology research focuses on early-life nutrition and its impact on child health outcomes in both healthy and very low birth weight infants. She has a particular interest in the effects of human milk and breastfeeding on neurodevelopment. Dr. Belfort’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other organizations, and she has established collaborations with investigators in the United States, Europe, and Australia. Dr. Belfort has given numerous local talks and several national invited talks about her research on infant growth and nutrition. She has published more than 35 original research reports in peer-reviewed journals, and her work has been disseminated widely in the popular press. Dr. Belfort is also the founder and co-chair of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Clinical Nutrition Working Group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a multi-disciplinary team that develops clinical guidelines related to growth and nutrition.