Nutritional Epidemiology Research Lab

The overall mission of the Nutritional Epidemiology Program is 1) to identify environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors that influence the nutritional status and requirements of the elderly, and 2) to determine the role of nutritional status in healthy aging and the development of chronic disease and age-related impairments such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), dementia, type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM), cataract and maculopathy.

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Nicola McKeown

McKeown's research interests include the role of dietary carbohydrates and lifestyle factors in development of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes mellitus; Whole-grain intake in relation to weight gain, metabolic risk factors and insulin resistance in different populations; Dietary methodology for population studies and use of novel biomarkers (e.g. alkylersorcinols) to validate dietary intakes.

Fang Fang Zhang

Dr. Zhang is a cancer epidemiologist with experience in conducting population-based studies to investigate the role of nutrition in cancer prevention and control. She has worked with colleagues from Columbia University and NIH to evaluate gene-environment interactions in association with cancer risk. Support by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, she studied energy balance and breast cancer risk in sisters enrolled in the Breast Cancer Family Registry, a NCI-funded international family registry for breast cancer.

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