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Research is focused on the mineral requirements of children of all ages, particularly calcium, zinc and iron metabolism.


Dr. Steven Abrams is the inaugural Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and a professor of Pediatrics, at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a neonatologist and came to the Dell Medical School from Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. He was also a professor of pediatrics, director of the fellowship program in neonatal-perinatal medicine, and medical director of the Neonatal Nutrition Program at Baylor College of Medicine.

A graduate of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he studied medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and was a pediatric resident at Akron Children's Hospital. He also had fellowships at the National Institutes of Health in nutritional research and Baylor in neonatology and in nutrition.

Clinically, his interests are in the growth of preterm infants and the use of specialized nutritional practices, including omega-3 fatty acids in the care of infants who have problems with intestinal function. He believes that achieving adequate growth safely in high-risk infants is a key aspect of neonatal care, and a multi-disciplinary approach is vital to meeting this goal.

Abrams is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, including its Committee on Nutrition, and the Society for Pediatric Research. He is also an executive committee member of the American Society for Nutrition's Medical Nutrition Council, and a former associate editor of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He is a member of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee 2015, which advises the government on food programs.

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Research Output 1987 2017

4 Citations

Donor human milk for the high- risk infant: Preparation, safety, and usage options in the United States

Abrams, S. A., Landers, S., Noble, L. M. & Poindexter, B. B. Jan 1 2017 In : Pediatrics. 139, 1, e20163440

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Human Milk
Tissue Donors
Milk Banks

Fruit juice and child health

Abrams, S. A. & Daniels, S. R. Apr 1 2017 In : Pediatrics. 139, 4, e20170041

Research output: Research - peer-reviewComment/debate

Oxytocin, a main breastfeeding hormone, prevents hypertension acquired in utero: A therapeutics preview

Vargas-Martínez, F., Schanler, R. J., Abrams, S. A., Hawthorne, K. M., Landers, S., Guzman-Bárcenas, J., Muñoz, O., Henriksen, T., Petersson, M., Uvnäs-Moberg, K. & Jiménez-Estrada, I. Jan 1 2017 In : Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects. 1861, 1, p. 3071-3084 14 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article

Breast Feeding
8 Citations

Alignment of healthy dietary patterns and environmental sustainability: A systematic review

Nelson, M. E., Hamm, M. W., Hu, F. B., Abrams, S. A. & Griffin, T. S. 2016 In : Advances in Nutrition. 7, 6, p. 1005-1025 21 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

environmental sustainability
systematic review
eating habits
systematic review
infant formulas
Infant Formula