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

Hawkes CP, Zemel BS, Kiely M, Irvine AD, Kenny LC, O’B Hourihane J, Murray DM: Body composition within the first 3 months: Optimized correction for length and correlation with BMI at 2 years. Hormone Research in Pediatrics 2016 Notes: In press.

Freedman DS, Zemel BS, Ogden L.: Secular trends for skinfolds differ from those for BMI and waist circumference among adults examined in NHANES from 1988-1994 through to 2009-2010. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition October 2016.

Malone SK, Zemel BS, Compher C, Souders M, Chittams J, Thompson AL, Pack A, Lipman T: Social jet lag, chronotype and body mass index in 14-17 year old adolescents. The Journal of Biological and Medical Rhythm Research August 2016.

Mitchell, J. A., Chesi, A., Elci, O., McCormack, S. E., Roy, S. M., Kalkwarf, H. J., Lappe, J. M., Gilsanz, V., Oberfield, S. E., Shepherd, J. A., Kelly, A., Grant, S. F., Zemel, B. S.: Physical Activity Benefits the Skeleton of Children Genetically Predisposed to Lower Bone Density in Adulthood. J Bone Miner Res August 2016.

Hawkes Colin P, Zemel Babette S, Kiely Mairead, Irvine Alan D, Kenny Louise C, O'B Hourihane Jonathan, Murray Deirdre M: Body Composition within the First 3 Months: Optimized Correction for Length and Correlation with BMI at 2 Years. Hormone research in paediatrics Aug 2016.

Mitchell JA, Chesi A, McCormack SE, Roy SM, Cousminer DL, Kalkwarf H J, Lappe JM, Gilsanz V, Oberfield SE, Shepherd JA, Kelly A, Zemel B S, Grant SF: Rare EN1 Variants and Pediatric Bone Mass. J Bone Miner Res August 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) July 2016.

Leonard, M. B., Shults, J., Long, J., Baldassano, R. N., Brown, J. K., Hommel, K., Zemel, B. S., Mahboubi, S., Howard Whitehead, K., Herskovitz, R., Lee, D., Rausch, J., Rubin, C. T.: Effect of Low-Magnitude Mechanical Stimuli on Bone Density and Structure in Pediatric Crohn''s Disease: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. J Bone Miner Res 31(6): 1177-88, July 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.

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.

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Last updated: 10/24/2016
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