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Dr. Ian M. Paul is the University Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Paul is a general pediatrician and clinical and health services researcher with principal interests in primary preventive interventions for newborns, infants, and families; and clinical therapeutics for children. His work in this field includes the first study to demonstrate that behavioral interventions delivered in the months after birth can lead to slower weight gain through the age of 1 and lower body mass index through age 3. He is currently funded by NHLBI on a seven-year grant for the ENRICH consortium, which is seeking to improve multigenerational cardiovascular health through interventions delivered to pregnant people and their offspring through the first two years after birth. He has also been funded by HRSA/MCHB on projects related to newborn weight loss and breastfeeding, research that generated the first nomograms depicting newborn weight loss for exclusively breastfed and exclusively formula-fed term neonates during the birth hospitalization and through the first month after birth. Dr. Paul has been a co-investigator on numerous NIH-funded projects related to co-parenting, infant sleep, prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome, prevention of adverse pregnancy outcomes and the treatment of asthma. Dr. Paul is also an internationally recognized expert on the pediatric treatment of the common cold and its symptoms, having led numerous investigations related to cough/cold medications and antipyretics. A clinician as well, Dr. Paul has a thriving general pediatric practice where he provides medical care for children from birth through age 21. He has been recognized several times for superior patient satisfaction. In addition to his research interests, he is also Chief of the Division of Academic General Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital.

Professional information

Board certification in general pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (2001)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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