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Research Foci

Cutting Edge Research

Researchers in the Consortium work to understand how nutritional components interact with a variety of contexts, including political, physical, economic, and social structures. 

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Dr. Turner-McGrievy (PI)

Targeting important behaviors for weight loss through the use of social gaming and points: The Social Pounds Off Digitally (Social POD) study NIH/NIDDK
This project will examine if adding points/gamifying a weight loss intervention produces greater sustained weight loss and social support than the same intervention without points. The goal of the Social POD app is to facilitate social support and weight loss through social gaming with points. This study will test an entirely remotely-delivered behavioral intervention that has the ability to be scaled up so that reach of this treatment approach is broad.
Dr. Turner-McGrievy (PI)

Ensuring the cultural relevance of Dietary Guidelines diet patterns among African Americans: Increasing dietary quality and reducing type 2 diabetes risk NIH/NIDDK
The goal of this project is to use a two-stepped study to examine both the adoption of the three dietary patterns as presented by the United States Dietary Guidelines and testing of a refined, culturally-tailored one-year intervention examining the three diet patterns among African American adult participants with overweight/obesity and ≥three type 2 diabetes (T2DM) risk factors.
Dr. Turner-McGrievy (PI)
Dr. Frongillo (Co-I)
A nutrition-based approach to reduce heart disease risk among overweight African Americans: Use of soul food plant-based or omnivorous diets to address cardiovascular disease NIH/NHLBI
Using a randomized design, this project will examine the effect of adopting two different dietary patterns (vegan and omnivorous), which focus on southern cuisine, on both cardiovascular disease risk factors and weight loss among overweight African American adults. The project partners with local community restaurants to help inform intervention and recipe development.
Dr. Thrasher (PI)
Dr. Davis (PI)
Dr. Frongillo (Co-I)
Evaluating nutrition labeling policy changes in the US and Mexico NIH/NIDDK
Use interrupted time series design with surveys in Mexico and the US, including an oversample of Mexican Americans, to evaluate Mexico’s innovative front of package food labeling policy.
Dr. Larson (PI) Integrated psychosocial, nutritional, and health intervention to improve early child development in Liberia ASPIRE-I, Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence A feasibility study of an integrated psychosocial, nutritional, and health intervention in Liberian children 6-36 months and their caregivers. The study has two specific objectives: 1) demonstrate the target population’s potential to benefit from the intervention and 2) demonstrate the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention. Qualitative and quantitative data will be used to refine and adapt the intervention and address our research objectives.
Dr. Larson (PI) The influence of hepcidin on benefits and risks of iron supplementation in Bangladeshi children Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award The goal of this study is to examine the role of hepcidin concentration on children’s response to iron and micronutrient supplementation in Bangladesh.
Dr. Frongillo (PI) Linkages between nutritional outcomes and food and nutrition security USDA—Research, Education, and Economics Create a new conceptual model of food and nutrition security based on a detailed and thorough literature review
Dr. Pate (PI)
Dr. Frongillo (Co-I)
Understanding Community Obesity Initiatives and Informing Tailored Community Interventions to Reduce Childhood Obesity NIH/NIDDK
The major goals of this project are to identify, within groups of communities, schools, families, and children, stratified by race/ethnicity and by socioeconomic status, attributes of community programs and policies that associate with children’s diet, physical activity, and weight status.
Dr. Frongillo (PI) Intersection of Material-Need Insecurities and HIV and Cardiovascular Health NIH/NHLBI
Investigate the joint effects of food, housing, financial, and healthcare insecurities on cardiovascular health.
Dr. Frongillo (Co-I) Pilot Study of the Nutrition-Enhanced Wellness for Diabetes Self-Management Program (NEW-DSMP) among Low-Income Adults with Type II Diabetes NIH/NIDDK
Investigate the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary impact of a novel, multicomponent diabetes health intervention.
Dr. Frongillo (Co-I) Food is Medicine: Randomized Trial of Medically Tailored Food Support for Diabetes Health NIH/NIDDK
Test efficacy of medically tailored food support for T2DM health with intervention providing 6 months of medically tailored meals and groceries plus nutritional education to low-income adults receiving care from safety-net clinics.
Dr. Frongillo (PI) Developing Guidance for RCTs in Agriculture, Nutrition and Health BMGF Develop and disseminate guidance for conducting and reporting complex randomized control trials on agriculture, nutrition, and health.
Dr. Frongillo (Co-I) Multi-Sectoral Agricultural Intervention to Improve Nutrition, Health, and Developmental Outcomes of HIV-infected and Affected Children in Western Kenya NIH
Determine the impact of an agricultural intervention on the nutrition, health, and neurobehavioral development of HIV-affected children in Kenya.
Dr. Frongillo (PI) Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation Leadership, Guidance, and Support to the Alive & Thrive Project BMGF
Provide guidance and leadership to evaluation of programs in multiple countries promoting infant and young child feeding at large scale.
Dr. Pate (PI)
Dr. Frongillo (Co-I)
Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior and Weight Status in Early Childhood NIH/NICHD
This study will describe physical activity and sedentary behaviors and examine the longitudinal influences of those behaviors on weight status in a cohort of infants and toddlers, ages 6 months to 36 months.
Dr. Liese (PI)
Dr. Frongillo (Co-I)
Impact of disparities in food security on glycemic control and health care utilization among youth and young adults with diabetes NIH/NIDDK
Examine food insecurity and its association with glycemic control, dietary intake, physical activity, glucose monitoring/self- management and hospitalizations among youth and young adults with type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Blake (PI)

Dr. Frongillo (Co-PI)

Drivers of Food Choice Program BMGF/FCDO The purpose of the Drivers of Food Choice program is to facilitate, synthesize and disseminate research to provide a deep understanding of the drivers of food choice among the poor in developing countries. DFC projects also aim to strengthen country-level leadership in nutrition and foster a global community of food choice researchers.
American Society for Nutrition 2022
American Diabetes Association 2022
  • Andrea D. Brown, Jason A. Mendoza, Edward A. Frongillo, Kate Flory, Beth A. Reboussin, Elizabeth T. Jensen, Lawrence M. Dolan, Anna Bellatorre, Faisal Malik, Santica M. Marcovina, Catherine Pihoker, Angela D. Liese; 570-P: Household Food Insecurity, Stress, and Anxiety among Youth and Young Adults with Diabetes. Diabetes1 June 2022; 71 (Supplement_1): 570–P.
  • Katherine A. Sauder, Deborah H. Glueck, Kylie K. Harrall, Ralph Dagostino, Lawrence M. Dolan, Abbi Lane-Cordova, Angela D. Liese, Eva Lustigova, Faisal Malik, Santica M. Marcovina, Elizabeth J. Mayer-Davis, Amy K. Mottl, Catherine Pihoker, Kristi Reynolds, Amy S. Shah, Elaine M. Urbina, Lynne E. Wagenknecht, Stephen R. Daniels, Dana Dabelea; 1085-P: Exploring Racial And Ethnic Disparities In Arterial Stiffness In Type 1 DiabetesDiabetes1 June 2022; 71 (Supplement_1): 1085–P. Https://Doi.Org/10.2337/Db22-1085-P
American Association for Cancer Research 2022
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Academy Week 2022
American Society for Nutrition 2021
American Diabetes Association 2021
American Public Health Association 2020
American Society for Nutrition 2020 
American Association for Cancer Research 2020

Policy and Practice Briefs

The Consortium was established in 2003 with a mission to create a local, state-wide, national, and global presence that establishes the University as a national leader in nutrition by engaging with community partners, other research institutions, public agencies, and professional organizations. Through this series, the Consortium provides objective, thoughtful analysis on current nutrition-related policy and practice issues from a public interest perspective. 

Nutrition Related Professional Organizations and Associations 

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