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Research Activities

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Dietetics is an evidence-based profession and the science of nutrition is rapidly expanding. The faculty of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics possess a diverse range of research issues. They are active scholars, both publishing and presenting at international, national, and regional professional meetings. 

Review a combined list of recent scholarly activities.

Compiled List of Faculty and Graduate Student Projects

View a list of faculty publications and presentations, as well as our graduate students' research projects.

Examples of Current Faculty Research Projects

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Quantifying Herb and Spice Intake

Study Goal: Develop a tool that measures herb and spice consumption for the purpose of advancing research linking culinary herbs and spices to health outcomes.

PI: Cynthia Blanton, PhD, RDN, LD

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Circadian Modulation of the Immune Response to Grape Consumption 

Study Goal: Given that immune activity demonstrates circadian rhythmicity, with peak activity occurring during waking hours, this study evaluates if the timing of grape intake influences the magnitude of its antioxidant effect.

PI: Cynthia Blanton, PhD, RDN, LD


Advancing Our Understanding of the Mibrobiome

Study Goal: Investigate the influence of supplementation of functional foods on the composition and metabolic activity of the gut microbiome

PI: Chrissa Petersen, PhD, RDN, CD

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AID-IC Pilot Study

Study Goal: Investigate the efficacy of an anti-inflammatory diet as a complementary treatment to manage symptom severity of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.

PI: Barb Gordon, with Cynthia Blanton, Andrea Jeffery, Rebekah Ramsey, Laura Richey

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Addressing Food Insecurity Among Student-Athletes

Study Goal: Explore the experiences of sports dietitians, athletic trainers, and other health professionals who work with student-athletes in identifying and addressing food insecurity among student-athletes

PI: Jenifer Reader, MHE, RDN, LD with Barb Gordon, and Natalie Christensen

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Collegiate Policies and Solutions for Ensuring Student Food Security

Study Goal: Evaluate the how colleges and universities in Idaho address food insecurity among college students.

PI: Jenifer Reader, MHE, RDN, LD

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