Food Systems For Nutrition Innovation Lab

Dr. Mark Manary, a renowned pediatrician and expert in childhood malnutrition, is the Helen B. Roberson Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is a pioneer in the development of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), a high-calorie, nutrient-rich paste for treating severe malnutrition at home, conducting the first clinical trial in 2001 and making it the global standard of care for severe malnutrition. He also founded Project Peanut Butter (PPB), a nonprofit organization that promotes local production of RUTF in multiple African countries and empowers local communities to combat malnutrition. Dr. Manary’s work extends to research on the pathophysiology of malnutrition and gut microbiota, and is dedicated to practical, real-world solutions in which he has received numerous accolades for his contributions. His role in research projects and commitment to solving pediatric malnutrition continue to have a substantial impact in Africa and beyond.