The nutrition program undertakes leading-edge research designed to lower the lifelong risk for chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes. Researchers shine a light on how to produce patient outcomes like healthy aging and healthy pregnancy through balanced energy and a balanced diet.
To do so, they perform epidemiologic research, clinical trials and cohort analyses focused on specific nutrients, dietary patterns, food groups and lifestyle behaviors. Emerging work in epigenetics, metabolomics and dietary biomarkers offer potential for further assessment of gene-environment interactions.
Program faculty also collaborate with their colleagues in biostatistics, epidemiology and behavioral medicine who have expertise in designing, implementing and analyzing these studies, while reaching across university departments as well as clinical environments, CORE facilities and other medical organizations.
Current projects in the division, which does not offer a stand-alone nutrition education degree and is not presently in need of research collaborators, include:
Material-Offspring Metabolics: Family Intervention Trial, which will develop and test a new lifestyle-oriented approach to primary and secondary obesity prevention.
Fit 4 Kids: Family, Food, Fun & Fitness, which will study prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity in minority children ages 4 to 10 through diet and lifestyle coaching and enhanced parenting skills.
Dietary Intervention Study in Children, follow-up, which will test the effectiveness, feasibility and safety of a low-fat diet in prepubescent children with elevated LDL cholesterol levels.
Women’s Health Initiative extension study, 2010-2015, a follow up to a multi-center collaborative trial among more than 165,000 post-menopausal women, which the department serves as a host center.
We foster excellence in medical nutrition research and education aimed at reducing risk for chronic diseases including obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes.
This page last updated Jun 4, 2012