Sarah Cusick, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Sarah Cusick

Contact Info

scusick@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-625-6806

Office Address:
Pediatric Epidemiology
D529-3A
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
Pediatric Epidemiology
MMC 715 Mayo
8422A (Campus Delivery Code)
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Faculty Member, Epidemiology and Clinical Research

Faculty Member, Center for Neurobehavioral Development

Instructor, School of Public Health


PhD, Human Nutrition and International Health, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Fellow/Micronutrient Specialist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control Program (IMMPaCt)

Summary

Sarah E. Cusick, Ph.D., is assistant professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine, a member of the public health nutrition faculty in the School of Public Health, a faculty member of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, and a member of the University’s Nutrition and Epidemiology graduate faculties. She holds a Ph.D. in Nutrition and International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research, based in Uganda, aims to elucidate iron deficiency and infectious disease interactions, with a goal of improving the neurobehavioral development of children living in resource-poor settings. She leads an NIH-funded clinical trial that aims to identify the optimal timing of iron therapy in iron-deficient children with malaria and a study to determine the role of iron deficiency in the neurodevelopment of children exposed to HIV.

Awards & Recognition

  • International Collaborative Award for Research, International Pediatric Research Foundation (2014)
  • Teaching Recognition, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health (2013)
  • Vikings Grant-In-Aid recipient, University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics (2013)
  • KL2 Scholar, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Minnesota (2011)
  • Dannon Institute Nutrition Leadership Institute (2005)
  • Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society (2005)
  • Finalist, American Society for Clinical Nutrition Young Investigator Award (2004)

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Research Interests

Dr. Cusick’s research focuses on international maternal and child nutrition, the interaction between nutritional deficiencies and infectious disease, and the effect of these interactions on child health and long-term cognitive development.

Research Projects

Currently funded research include several NIH-funded studies: one on the effect of acute vs. delayed iron therapy in severe malaria on anemia, iron status, and neurobehavioral development in Ugandan children (PI: Chandy John, M.D.) and an investigation of red blood cell iron incorporation in severe malaria.