Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla, professor of epidemiology (chronic diseases) and director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health has been appointed as senior co-editor of top Maternal & Child Nutrition journal http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1740-8709. He will be joining Dr. Victoria Hall Moran as senior editor from January 2016. In keeping with the spirit of the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals in the context of a globalized world, Maternal & Child Nutrition will continue to build upon its reputation as a key journal for the dissemination of high quality interdisciplinary maternal-child nutrition research with strong policy implications for low, middle as well as high income countries.
[Photo: Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla]
Dr. Perez-Escamilla is strongly qualified for undertaking this position as his maternal-child public health nutrition research program has led to improvements in breastfeeding protection, promotion and support worldwide through health facility and community-based initiatives, including breastfeeding peer counseling. He has also made major contributions to the development, implementation and evaluation of maternal, infant and young child community nutrition programs globally. His research group has also played a key role advancing household food security measurement globally, a contribution that has already led to a much better understanding of the risk factors for and consequences of household food security in low and middle-income countries. He has served in the editorial boards of the Journal of Nutrition, the Journal of Human Lactation, the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition and Global Food Security. He lectures globally and has received numerous prestigious academic, community outreach and research awards including the 2015 Journal of Human Lactation Patricia Martens Annual Award for Excellence in Breastfeeding Research.