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Lynn Bailey is an internationally recognized authority on the B vitamin folic acid and its metabolism and requirements in pregnancy

Published: June 24th, 2008

Category: Spotlights

Lynn Bailey

Lynn Bailey

Professor of Human Nutrition
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

“Every cell that divides requires folic acid for DNA synthesis so the explosion of new fetal cell division during pregnancy demands that increased amounts of folic acid be available even before women know they are pregnant.”

Lynn Bailey is an internationally recognized authority on the B vitamin folic acid and its metabolism and requirements in pregnancy. Her research, which spans more than two decades, has focused primarily on determining the requirements of folic acid, a key vitamin essential for normal maternal health and fetal growth.

She has been major contributor to the understanding that consumption of this vitamin prior to pregnancy can help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects.

Bailey, who joined the faculty in UF’s food science and human nutrition department in 1977, has served as a scientific adviser to many government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). She served as a member of the NAS committee that wrote new dietary intake recommendations for folic acid and other B vitamins.

As a frequent speaker at scientific conferences and professional meetings for health care practitioners, Bailey has helped raise the quality of maternal-fetal nutritional care.

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