Milk with Altitude:
At the Intersection of Biology and Culture in the Himalayas
Associate Professor of Biological Anthropologyand
Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology
Moderated by: Cynthia Wichelman, M.D.
How does adaptation to a high altitude environment affect mother's milk? This question is at the center of our collaborative research in Nubri, an ethnically Tibetan enclave in the highlands of Nepal. Working with mothers and infants in this community, we are conducting longitudinal research to understand how Tibetan infants and young children grow, buffered by maternal behaviors and milk, under the extreme environmental challenges associated with life at high altitude. The presentation portion of the program will include short videos documenting our fieldwork in the stunning alpine environment.
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