Current Research
Foods and Nutrition

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Alex Anderson
Associate Professor

I am evaluating the parental practices that support positive eating behaviors during independent eating occassions of early adolescent children with a multi-site team. In a pending study,

I am examining barriers to healthy weight management among women of childbearing age in Ghana.

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Alison Berg
Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist

Effectiveness of the Extension model to enhance knowledge and facilitate healthy behavior change across the lifespan.

Dissertation project: Psychological Constructs, Measures of Adiposity and Weight Loss Following Intervention in Older Women

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Leann Birch
William P. "Bill" Flatt Childhood Obesity Professor

My current research focuses on early obesity prevention, including ongoing pilot work focused on early infant feeding and rapid weight gain. The project seeks to assess how early infant feeding mode (breastfeeding vs. bottle feeeding) affects changes in infant growth over the first 16 weeks postpartum. This research also seeks to examine gestational weight gain, and how infant feeding methods are related to postpartum weight loss, infant growth and body composition.

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Jamie Cooper
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

My research lab is currently examining the metabolic and endocrine responses to high-fat meals or diets of varying fatty acid composition in normal weight and obese women. We are particularly interested in fat metabolism and hunger and satiety hormone responses to these meals or diets.

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Caree Cotwright
Assistant Professor

Healthy Child Care Georgia

Healthy Child Care Georgia (HCCG) is a pilot study supported by the USDA SNAP-Ed Program. HCCG tested the feasibility of using policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) approaches combined with direct classroom education for obesity prevention in the child care setting.  While PSE approaches have delivered promising results in the child care setting, limited studies have combined both PSE approaches and with direct classroom education to promote change for obesity prevention.  The HCCG study has four specific aims:  1) Increase ECE providers’ knowledge of wellness best practices for obesity prevention in early childhood; 2) Assess current status of wellness best practice implementation of ECE programs; 3) Create an action plan for the adoption at least one new wellness best practice in ECE program; and 4) Implement a six week intervention, Eat Healthy Be Active, to increase the quality and quantity of nutrition and physical activity education for children in ECE programs. Implementation of these policies and best practices in each ECE program has the potential to affect hundreds of SNAP-Ed eligible parents and their children.

Results from our formative work showed improvements in the implementation of nutrition and physical activity policies for participating child care programs as…

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Claire de La Serre
Assistant Professor

Current research projects include:

  • Influence of resistant starch on high-fat diet-induced inflammation and insulin resistance
  • Neuronal toxicity of bacterial products in energy-dense diet-induced obesity
  • Influence of microbiota composition on reward pathways and hedonic eating
  • Meal patterning and microbiota composition

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Xi Fang
Ph.D. Student

I am researching on the bioprotective influence of green tea on early childhood traumatic brain injury using pig model.

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Kendall Farr
Accelerated MS Student

My research is currently focused on the role of cephalic phase response triggered by specific mouth rinses in endurance trained athletes.

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Michael Francis
Ph.D. Student

I am currently looking at the effects of Zinc status on the expression of certain genes in the human genome. Specifically I am looking at associations between Zinc-activated transcription factors, miRNAs, and development pathways (osteogenic, inflammation).

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Jenissa Gordon
MS/DI Student

Jenissa is a second year MS/DI student working with Dr. Giraudo on the Youth Obesity Undergraduate Research and Extension Fellowship. The YOURE Fellowship was devised to provide research opportunities and experiences to selected participants in partnership with Georgia's 4-H Youth Development Program. The study will evaluate an alternative research experience set in a nontraditional site, summer camp. 

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Rebecca Gould
PhD/DI Student

R01 GM121551 NIH/NIGMS Defining the Genetic Architecture of the Glutathione Redox System

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Judy Harrison
Professor and Extension Foods Specialist


 

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Julie Jeon
Ph.D. Student

For information regarding the current research, please refer to the http://www.fcs.uga.edu/fdn/research-bioactive-compounds-and-health-park-lab.

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Jung Sun Lee
Professor and Faculty of Gerontology

Since I joined the University of Georgia (UGA), I have developed the Georgia Advanced Performance Outcomes Measures Project (GA Advanced POMP) which is the first study to test the feasibility of innovative research methods to improve program evaluation as part of administrative processes based on the partnership between GA Aging Services Network and UGA. I have been leading the Georgia CAFE (Community Advocacy to Access Food Stamps for the Elderly and Disabled) project since 2011, the first-ever SNAP application assistance model in Georgia to enhance coordination, access, and participation in SNAP for low-income older Georgians based on collaborations among the UGA, the Georgia Legal Services Program, and Georgia Division of Family and Children Services in around 30 urban and rural counties in Georgia. I have also established the UGA SNAP-Ed project, which provides an innovative, multi-level nutrition education and obesity prevention intervention to SNAP-Ed eligible adult Georgian population using existing/augmented network and practice of the UGA Cooperative Extension Services (CES) since 2013.

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Sunhye Lee
Ph.D. Candidate

Influence of whole food (blueberry) consumption on high fat diet-induced inflammation and insulin resistance.
Potential beneficial effect of probiotic encapsulation on GI distal delivery, systemic inflammation and weight gain.

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Chad Paton
Assistant Professor

1. PUFA-mediated PPARδ activation and its impact on metabolic function.

2. Epigenetic alterations of metabolic pathways though active DNA demethylation.

3. Adaptation of the small intestine to high-fat diets and its impact on satiety hormone production.

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Robert Pazdro
Assistant Professor

Our current research projects include:

R01 GM121551 NIH/NIGMS Defining the Genetic Architecture of the Glutathione Redox System; Role: Principal Investigator.

R56 AG053309 NIH/NIA A Systems Approach to GDF11 and its Effects on Cardiac Hypertrophy; Role: Principal Investigator.

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Kristine Polley
Ph.D. Student

My research currently examines the metabolic and satiety hormone responses to high fat diets of varying fatty acid composition in healthy men.

Masters Research Project:  Influence of exercise training with resveratrol supplementation on skeletal muscle mitochondrial capacity

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Elisabeth Sattler
Assistant Professor

Recently, I developed collaborations with well-funded, senior faculty in Medicine and Nursing at Emory University and the UGA/AU Medical Partnership to carry out clinical research in advanced heart failure patients, using the Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance infrastructure.

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Emily Selph
MS/DI Student

My current research is evaluating the implementation of a statewide Extension program, Cooking for a Lifetime of Cancer Prevention Cooking School, which promotes the importance of cancer screenings and nutrition/lifestyle choices for cancer prevention.

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Nicholas Slagel
Ph.D. Student

Qualitative analysis of pilot obesity prevention curriculum for Georgia SNAP recipients. 

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Sarah Stotz
Post Doc Research Associate

I work in Dr. Jung Sun Lee's Community Nutrition lab as the Assistant Nutrition Education on the UGA SNAP Ed program.  I have developed an eLearning nutrition education program using a multidicipinary approach including eLearning design experts, marketing professionals, videography experts, and extensive technical support.  The program, titled Food eTalk, is tailored to the specific needs of low-income Georgian adults, with a mobile (smartphone) based approach. Access to Food eTalk is available at www.foodtalk.org under the "LEARN ONLINE" tab. My research is funded by USDA SNAP-Ed and RNECE-South.

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Marina Tandoh
Ph.D. Student

I am currently working on Child feeding and body composition (Overweight/Obesity) among pre- schoolers in Georgia, U.S.A.

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Hannah Urban
MS/DI Student

My research involves motivating and coaching the teachers who are using the HCCG program to become healthy role models for their students. 

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Temitope Walker
Ph.D. Candidate

I study the impact of SNAP benefit receipt and utilization on food-purchasing practices, dietary intake, and food insecurity of low-income older adults.

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