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

Roy SM, Chesi A, Mentch F, Xiao R, Chiavacci R, Mitchell JA, Kelly A, Hakonarson H, Grant SF, Zemel BS, McCormack SE: Body Mass Index (BMI) Trajectories in Infancy Differ by Population Ancestry and May Presage Disparities in Early Childhood Obesity J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2015 [E-pub ahead of print]

Chun RF, Liu NQ, Lee T, Schall JI, Denburg MR, Rutstein RM, Adams JS, Zemel BS, Stallings VA, Hewison M: Vitamin D supplementation and antibacterial immune responses in adolescents and young adults with HIV/AIDS J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol 2014 [E-pub ahead of print]

Leonard MB, Zemel BS, Wrotniak BH, Klieger SB, Shults J, Stallings VA, Stettler N: Tibia and radius bone geometry and volumetric density in obese compared to non-obese adolescents. Bone 2014 [E-pub ahead of print] Notes: Bone 2014 Dec 10. pii: S8756-3282(14)00454-2. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2014.12.002.

Calarge CA, Butcher BD, Coryell WH, Burns TL, Schlecte J, Zemel BS: Major Depressive Disorder and Bone Mass in Late Adolescents and Young Adults. J Bone Miner Res 2014 [E-pub ahead of print]

Lappe JM, Watson P, Gilsanz V, Hangartner T, Kalkwarf HJ, Oberfield S, Shepherd J, Winer KK, Zemel B: The Longitudinal Effects of Physical Activity and Dietary Calcium on Bone Mass Accrual Across Stages of Pubertal Development. J Bone Miner Res 2014 [E-pub ahead of print]

Lee DY, Wetzsteon RJ, Zemel BS, Shults J, Organ JM, Foster BJ, Herskovitz RM, Foerster DL, Leonard MB: Muscle Torque Relative to Cross-Sectional Area and the Functional Muscle-Bone Unit in Children and Adolescents with Chronic Disease. J Bone Miner Res 2014 [E-pub ahead of print]

Stallings VA, Schall JI, Hediger ML, Zemel BS, Tuluc F, Dougherty KA, Samuel JL, Rutstein RM: High-Dose Vitamin D3 Supplementation in Children and Young Adults with HIV: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Pediatric Infect Dis J 2014 [E-pub ahead of print]

Short DF, Gilsanz V, Kalkwarf HJ, Lappe JM, Oberfield S, Shepherd JA, Winer KK, Zemel BS, Hangartner TN: Anthropometric models of bone mineral content and areal bone mineral density based on the bone mineral density in childhood study. Osteoporos Int 2014 [E-pub ahead of print]

Bout-Tabaku S, Shults J, Zemel BS, Leonard MB, Berkowitz RI, Stettler N, Burnham JM: Obesity Is Associated with Greater Valgus Knee Alignment in Pubertal Children, and Higher Body Mass Index Is Associated with Greater Variability in Knee Alignment in Girls. J Rheumatol 2014 [E-pub ahead of print]

Malone SK and Zemel BS: Measurement and Interpretation of Body Mass Index During Childhood and Adolescence. J Sch Nurs 2014 [E-pub ahead of print]

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