- October 19th, 2016
- in Cuba Week Speakers
Yasmin Neggers, professor of human nutrition and hospitality management, has worked at The University of Alabama since 1978. She has a master’s degree in chemistry from Meerut University in India and a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Tennessee. She received a doctorate in epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Neggers’ research interests are in the area of perinatal epidemiology and more recently, risk factors associated with autism. She has conducted extensive research on low birth weight, a major risk factor associated with infant mortality in Alabama and the United States. She has published her research in many peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of American Medical Association, the Journal of American Clinical Nutrition, and The Journal of American Dietetic Association. Most of her research projects on low birth weight were funded by federal grants from the National Institutes of Health. Neggers has traveled extensively in Europe and Latin America to present her research findings. She has traveled twice to Havana, Cuba, to present her work and collaborate in the area of prenatal care in Cuba. Most recently she traveled to Dublin to present her research about the role of folic acid in autism spectrum disorders.