Dr Laurence Grummer-Strawn
Laurence Grummer-Strawn is chief of the Nutrition Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Having earned his PhD from Princeton University, he has worked at CDC for over 21 years in the areas of Reproductive Health and Nutrition. He is an epidemiologist who has published over 100 scientific publications. He is recognized internationally for his work on vitamin and mineral deficiencies, breastfeeding policy, and development of both the CDC and the WHO Growth Charts.
Dr. Grummer-Strawn is widely known in the breastfeeding research and advocacy communities, serving as scientific editor of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding and a liaison to the US Breastfeeding Committee. He chairs the Federal Breastfeeding Workgroup, the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, and the Network for the Sustained Elimination of Iodine Deficiency. He also serves on the Executive Management Team of the Flour Fortification Initiative. As branch chief, he is responsible for national surveillance of nutrition among low-income children, national breastfeeding support efforts, fruit and vegetable promotion, and international micronutrient deficiency programs.