Betsy Lozoff, M.D.
- Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
1063NE North Ingalls Building
300 N. Ingalls
Dr. Betsy Lozoff is a behavioral/developmental pediatrician whose research focuses on common nutritional and environmental problems that adversely affect children’s development, especially in resource-poor settings. Her studies on short- and long-term developmental and behavioral effects of iron deficiency in infancy have received uninterrupted support from NICHD since 1980. Iron deficiency is the most common single nutrient disorder in the world, and pregnant women and infants are at highest risk. Lozoff (with Sheila Gahagan) heads a large longitudinal project on iron deficiency in Chile and with John Meeker, a study in China of the neurodevelopmental effects of environmental exposures, such as pesticides and heavy metals. Lozoff also headed a multiuniversity cross-species program project grant on brain and behavior in early iron deficiency. The results of research by Lozoff and others indicate that there are long-lasting developmental disadvantages among children who had iron deficiency in early life, beginning during gestation.
Dr. Lozoff received a Merit Award (Method to Extend Research in Time) from NICHD in 1999, which was extended in 2004. She served on the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Research Council/Institute of Medicine of the National Academies from 2006 to 2009. She has also been honored with a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Research Mentorship at the University of Michigan.