A new study was published in The Lancet
and led by Linda Adair, PhD, professor of nutrition at the Gillings
School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in
Chapel Hill. The study, "Associations of linear growth and relative
weight gain during early life with adult health and human capital in
countries of low and middle income: findings from five birth cohort
studies," included 8,362 individuals from Brazil, Guatemala, India, the
Philippines and South Africa.
The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) in Kannapolis, N.C., has received a $5.3 million grant to study fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in South Africa. The funds were awarded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), one of the National Institutes of Health. [complete article]
Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have successfully implemented a previously proven weight-loss program in the "real-world" - through select North Carolina health departments - and have published their findings online February 14 in the journal Obesity
, Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD
, research assistant professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health and research fellow at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her colleagues trained staff members at six randomly selected health departments to implement a proven weight loss program among low-income, middle-age women in their communities.
A new study, titled "Food Companies' Calorie-Reduction Pledges to Improve U.S. Diet" and released Jan. 17 in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine, provides an unprecedented analytic framework and plan for assessing future changes in the U.S. consumer goods food stream and measuring whether 16 food manufacturers, all members of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), will meet their pledge to reduce 1 trillion calories from the marketplace by 2012 and 1.5 trillion by 2015. The study was performed by The University of North Carolina Food Research Program, headed by Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition
, and Meghan Slining, PhD
, and Shu Wen Ng, PhD
, research assistant professors of nutrition, all from Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The study was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which selected the UNC Food Research Program
to conduct the independent evaluation of the HWCF commitment.
Fussy babies spend more time in front of the TV, study finds. The study, led by Margaret E. (Peggy) Bentley, PhD
, is the first to examine the interplay of maternal and infant risk factors that lead to TV watching in infants. The research appears in the Jan. 7 issue of the journal Pediatrics (pdf)
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|Congratulations Award Winners
Liza Makowski, PhD
, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, has received a two year research grant from The Mary Kay Foundation 2013 to study obesity and basal-like breast cancer.
The article written by, John Anderson, PhD
, "Healthy diets for preventing or delaying bone loss during adulthood" published in Nutrition & Food Science has been chosen as an Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2013.
Martin Kohlmeier, MD, PhD
, research professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health and at the Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis, N.C., has received the 2013 Roland L. Weinsier Award for Excellence in Medical/Dental Nutrition Education from the American Society for Nutrition. [complete article]
doctoral candidate in the Makowski lab
, has been awarded an Andrew Sabin Family Travel Grant on behalf of the McAllister Heart Institute to attend the American Society of Nutrition/Federation of American Society for Experimental Biology (FASEB) annual meeting in Boston in April 2013.
Jillian Griffith and Rebecca Lane
have been awarded a Tom and Elizabeth Long Research Award through the Honors Office at UNC-CH. Jillian's advisor is Dr. Carmen Samuel-Hodge
and Rebecca's advisor is Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis
, a Bachelors in Science in Public Health (BSPH) undergrad in Liza Makowski's lab
, was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) to fund summer research on the role of metabolism in macrophage biology.
Anthony Hackney, PhD
, was named last month by the University of Santiago (Chile) as one of two recipients of its Medal of Distinction, the highest honor awarded by the university. A professor of nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and of exercise and sport science in the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Hackney is the first UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member to be presented with the award. [complete article]