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Abstract #0531

Influence of Infant Feeding on Longitudinal Brain and Cognitive Development

Sean Deoni1, Douglas Dean2, and Viren D'Sa3

1Pediatrics, Brown University, Providence, RI, United States, 26Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, United States, 3Pediatrics, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence, RI, United States

Infancy and early childhood are sensitive and rapid periods of brain growth that coincide with the emergence of nearly all cognitive, behavioral, and social-emotional functions. Brain growth, including myelination, is modulated modulated by neural activity and are responsive to environmental, genetic, hormonal, and other influences, including nutrition. He we use longitudinal neuroimaging to examine the influence of early infant nutrition, specifically breastfeeding, on brain and cognitive development.

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