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

Recent Awards

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 2017, Lauren Coheley

Foods and Nutrition Departmental "Katz Family Gift," 2017, Lauren Coheley

President’s Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research for the highest-ranking abstract submitted by a student, 2016, Joe Kindler

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

Scholarship recipient, Georgia Dietetic Foundation, 2016, Emily Rollins

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For Former Study Participants

Dear former research participants and families,

Thank you for taking the time to participate in our bone health research program! Linked below are research articles from some of our recent studies that you and/or your child have participated in. If you would like more information or to receive pdf copies of the articles, please email Dr. Emma Laing at emonk@uga.edu.

Vitamin D Supplementation (GAPI) Study (males and females ages 9-13 years)

Zinc Supplementation Study (females ages 9-12 years)

Very Young Gymnast (VYG) Study (females ages 4-8 years)

Child and Adolescent Competitive Gymnast Study (Level 5+ competitive gymnasts)

Collegiate Gymnast Study (NCAA Division I gymnasts)

Former Gymnast Study (former NCAA Division I collegiate-level gymansts)

Fighting Osteoporosis in College Using Soy (FOCUS) Study (college age females)

MRI and Obesity Study (college age females)

Osteoporosis Prevention Using Soy (OPUS) Study (postmenopausal women)

Our Current Research Projects

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; 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; 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

Lauren Coheley

Lauren Coheley

Ph.D. Student

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

MS/DI 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

MS/DI Student

Foods and Nutrition

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

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