Our research focuses on bone responses to dietary and physical activity interventions and the links between overweight and bone quality in children.

Recent Awards

President’s Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research for the highest-ranking abstract submitted by a student: "IGF-I-Dependent Musculoskeletal Development is Blunted in Adolescents with Insulin Resistance: A 5-Year Prospective Study," 2016, Joe Kindler

University of Georgia Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Research Mentoring Award, 2016, Rick Lewis

Bill and June Flatt Nutrition Excellence Award Scholarship, UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2016, Emily Rollins and Lauren Coheley

Super-Includer Award, UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2016, Emma Laing

Travel Award recipient and 3rd place award recipient in the ASN Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition at Experimental Biology, Obesity RIS, 2016, Staci Belcher

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Research Projects

Investigators:
Lewis, Richard; Laing, Emma; Kindler, Joe

Description:
We are currently performing a follow-up study in a cohort of children (N=160, 50% black, 50% female) who participated in a NIH-funded clinical trial from 2009-2010 (ages 9-13 years) at our research facility. Body composition [dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA)], visceral, bone marrow and muscle fat evaluations (DXA and pQCT), bone assessment (DXA and pQCT), metabolic testing (serum insulin, glucose, c-peptide, and calculated insulin resistance), inflammatory-related markers (tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-6, vascular endothelial growth factor, and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1), as well as dietary and beverage intakes and physical activity assessment are being collected.

Funding Source:
The Coca-Cola Company

Investigators:
Lewis, Richard; Laing, Emma; Tripp, Ralph; Pollock, Norman; Baile, Clifton; Della-Fera, Mary Anne; Rayalam, Srujana; Tompkins, Stephen; Keys, Deborah

Description:
The specific aim of the proposed study is to determine if consumption of eggs in childhood is positively associated with bone formation and bone strength, and if these associations are influenced by inflammatory-related markers.

Funding Source:
Egg Nutrition Center

Investigators:
Lewis, Richard; Laing, Emma; Grider, Arthur

Description:
The major goal of this project is to determine the impact of 4-weeks of zinc supplementation on markers of bone turnover in adolescent females. The intervention has been completed, and only analyses of collected data are planned.

Funding Source:
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Investigators:
Lewis, Richard; Laing, Emma; Kindler, Joe

Description:
The influence of excess body fat on trabecular bone microarchitecture is unclear. The purpose of this cross-sectional study is to determine if tibia and radius trabecular bone microarchitecture are compromised in obese late adolescent white females.

Funding Source:
College of Family and Consumer Sciences Research Grant

Meet the Staff

Name Job Title / Department Contact
Richard Lewis

Richard Dana Lewis

UGA Foundation Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Richard Lewis is Professor and director of the Bone and Body Composition Laboratory in the Department of Foods and Nutrition.

281 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4901

Emma Laing

Emma M. Laing

Associate Research Scientist and Director of Communications

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Emma Laing is an Associate Research Scientist in the Bone & Body Composition Laboratory.

279 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4918

Joseph Kindler

Joseph Michael Kindler

Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Assistant

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

279 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4918

Lauren Coheley

Lauren Coheley

Ph.D. Student, Graduate Assistant

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Lauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist passionate about promoting health in all aspects of life.

279 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
404-316-5860

Staci Belcher

Staci Belcher

M.S. Student

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

279 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
239-222-9444

Emily Rollins

Emily Rollins

M.S. Student

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

279 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
678-381-9198