Dr. Adair is a biological anthropologist with a research focus on global nutrition problems, particularly in low and middle income countries. Most of her work relates to the first “1000 Days” --- the time period from conception through the first 2 years of a child’s life. She explores factors related to healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes and early child growth. In the context of the developmental origins of adult health and disease (DOHaD), she investigates how early life factors relate to health and well-being in adulthood. Adair has led the Cebu (Philippines) Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey since 1990. This birth cohort study is also part of an international collaboration (COHORTS) that has yielded a number of important insights about the early origins of obesity and cardiometabolic diseases in low and middle income countries. Adair also studies infant feeding and growth in the context of HIV. Work in Malawi and Rwanda is focused on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and how breastfeeding and complementary feeding influence infant growth and survival. Her work in South Africa explores how maternal health affects infant pre- and early postnatal growth. A strong methods focus is on longitudinal and structural modeling of growth-related outcomes. Adair teaches International Nutrition, Analytic Methods in Nutritional Epidemiology, and leads the Doctoral Seminar each fall semester.
Honors and AwardsMcGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of North Carolina School of Public Health
UNCGillings School of Global Public Health Teaching Innovation Award
UNCKellogg International Prize in Nutrition Award and Lecture
2014, American Nutrition Society
World Health Organization – Working Group on Science and Evidence for Ending Childhood Obesity
Guideline Development Group – Infant and Young Child Feeding Recommendations to prevent overweight and obesity in children