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Dr. Jose Villar, Professor of Perinatal Medicine at the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, has been honoured with the prestigious 2024 March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award in Maternal-Fetal Nutrition.

Dr Villar at a podium

The March of Dimes award recognises the achievements of Dr. Villar and the team at the Nuffield Department of Women’s & Reproductive Health, and highlights the innovative research in this area which has influenced the field of maternal-fetal nutrition globally.

The award recognises Dr Villar as the scientific force behind the first set of international standards for fetal growth, newborn size and body composition, and postnatal growth of preterm infants, which are being widely adopted around the world. The standards present a universal blueprint for healthy growth and development from early gestation to 2 years of age. They show that maternal nutrition, health status, diet and environmental exposures largely dictate whether a fetus or a baby’s growth trajectory leans toward adequate or abnormal directions. 

Read the full story on the Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health's website