Babette S. Zemel

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Research Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Nutrition and Growth Laboratory, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Associate Director of the Core Laboratories, The General Clinical Research Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Associate Program Director, Clinical and Translational Research Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Director, Bionutrition Core Laboratory, Clinical and Translational Research Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Leader, Metabolism, Nutrition and Development Research Affinity Group, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
Department: Pediatrics

Contact information
Division of GI, Hepatology and Nutrition
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3535 Market Street
Room 1560
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
Office: 215-590-1669
Fax: 215-590-0604
B.A. (Anthropology)
University of Pennsylvania, 1979.
M.A. (Anthropology)
University of Pennsylvania, 1985.
Ph.D. (Anthropology)
University of Pennsylvania, 1989.
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Description of Itmat Expertise

Dr. Zemel's studies pertain to childhood growth and nutrition, body composition, energy expenditure and bone density across the lifespan.

Selected Publications

Rovner, A., Stallings, V.A., Rutstein, R., Schall, J.I., Leonard, M.B., Zemel, B.S.: Effect of high dose cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) on bone and body composition in children and young adults with HIV infection: a randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial. Osteoporosis International (revisions under review) 2016.

Konstantinopoulou, S., Tapia, I. E., Kim, J. Y., Xanthopoulos, M. S., Radcliffe, J., Cohen, M. S., Hanna, B. D., Pipan, M., Cielo, C., Thomas, A. J., Zemel, B., Amin, R., Bradford, R., Traylor, J., Shults, J., Marcus, C. L.: Relationship between obstructive sleep apnea cardiac complications and sleepiness in children with Down syndrome. Sleep Med 17: 18-24, 2016.

McCormack, S.E., Chesi, A, Mitchell, J.A., Roy,S.M., Cousminer, D.L., Kalkwarf, H.J., Lappe, J.M., Gilsanz, V, Oberfield, S.E., Shepherd, J.A., Mahboubi, S., Winer, K.K., Kelly, A., Grant, S.F.A., Zemel, B.S.: Relative skeletal maturation and population ancestry in non-obese children and adolescents. Journal of Bone Mineral Research (accepted) 2016.

Kelley, J., Crabtree, N., Zemel B.S. : Obesity in Children - Bone density and its diagnostic challenges. Calcified Tissue International and Musculoskeletal Research (revisions under review) 2016.

Hawkes, C.P., Zemel, B.S., Kiely, M., Irvine, A.D., Kenny, L.C., O’B Hourihane, J., Murray, D.M.: Body composition within the first 3 months: Optimized correction for length and correlation with BMI at 2 years. Hormone Research in Pediatrics (revisions under review) 2016.

Hatch-Stein, J. , Zemel, B.S., Prasad, D., Kalkwarf, H., Pipan, M., Magge, S., Kelly, A.: Body composition and BMI growth charts in children with Down syndrome. Pediatrics (accepted) 2016.

Cousminer, D.L., Mitchell, J.A., Chesi, A., Roy, S. M., Kalkwarf, H.J., Lappe, J.M., Gilsanz, V., Voight, B.F., Oberfield, S.E., Shepherd, J.A., Hakonarson, H., Kelly, A., McCormack, S..E., Zemel, B.S., Grant, S.F.A: The impact of pubertal timing-associated genetic loci on pediatric bone mineral density. J Clin Endocrinol Metab (submitted) 2016.

Chesi, A., Mitchell, J.A., Kalkwarf, H.J., Bradfield, J.P., Lappe, J.M., Cousminer, D.L., McCormack, S.E., Gilsanz, V., Oberfield, S.E., Hakonarson, H., Shepherd, J.A., Kelly, A, Zemel, B.S., Grant, S.F.A: A Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Gender Specific Loci Influencing aBMD and BMC at Multiple Skeletal Sites in Children of European Descent. J Bone Miner Res (submitted) 2016.

Brown, J. C., Troxel, A. B., Ky, B., Damjanov, N., Zemel, B.S., Rickels, M. R., Rhim, A. D., Rustgi, A. K., Courneya, K. S., Schmitz, K. H.: The Dose-Response Effects of Aerobic Exercise among Colon Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Phase II Trial. Lancet Oncology (submitted) 2016.

Weber, D.R., Stark, L. J., Ittenbach, R. F., Stallings, V.A., Zemel, B.S.: Building Better Bones in Childhood: A Randomized Controlled Study to Test the Efficacy of a Dietary Intervention Program to Increase Calcium Intake. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (submitted) 2016.

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Last updated: 07/20/2016
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