Identifying dietary patterns that promote weight control and reduce risk of chronic
disease is a key focus of nutrition research at UofSC. Effects of diet on health and
accurate measurement of dietary behavior and monitoring nutritional status are foundational
challenges in understanding and evaluating nutrition's impact on health.
Current Novel Research Efforts
Promotion of healthy and sustainable diets to reduce chronic disease.
Dietary approaches that do not require dietary self-monitoring, such as the vegan
and vegetarian diets.
Discovering ways to help people eat healthier, lose weight, and prevent chronic disease.
Quantitative evaluation of consequences and determinants of nutrition status.
Nutritional assessment for epidemiologic studies.
Development of methods to study nutritional assessment.
DIDACTIC: Dissemination and Implementation of a Diet and Activity Community Trial
Inflammatory Potential of Diet and Risk of Cancer Mortality in Women.
Developing the Dietary Inflammatory Index for Clinical Application.
Vitamin D and Related Genes, Race and Prostate Cancer Aggressiveness.
Diet and Activity Community Trial: High-Risk Colon Polyps.
Dietary Inflammatory Index and Risk of Breast and Colorectal Cancers.
Role of Genetic and Dietary Factors in Breast Cancer Risk: Study of a Population in
Epigenetics and Diet in the Carcinogenesis Process.
A Documentary Film About the Implementation of the Right Choice, Healthy Start Farmers
Market. Associated Affiliate Scholars
Adams, Swann, Ph.D.
Armstead, Cheryl, Ph.D.
Burch, Jim, Ph.D.
Davis, Mark, Ph.D.
Davis, Rachel, Ph.D.
Frongillo, Edward, Ph.D.
Hebert, James, Ph.D.
Hurley, Tom, MS
Liese, Angela, Ph.D.
Turner-McGrievy, Brie, Ph.D., RD
Steck, Susan, Ph.D.
Wilson-King, Dawn, Ph.D.
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Adams SA, Truman S, Sercy E, Murphy AE, Khan S, Hurley TG, Wirth MD, Choi SK, Johnson H, Hebert JR. The impact of a randomized dietary and physical activity intervention on chronic inflammation
among obese African-American women. Women & Health. May 2020:1-14. doi:10.1080/03630242.2020.1746950.
Turner-McGrievy GM, Crimarco A, Wilson M, Davey M, Wilcox S, Frongillo E. “They Eat What They Eat, I Eat What I Eat”: Examining the Perspectives and Experiences
of African Americans Who Adopt Plant-Based Diets. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. June 2020:155982762090885. doi:10.1177/1559827620908850.
Chen L-W, Aubert A, Bernard JY, Cooper C, Duijts L, Geraghty AA, Harvey NC,
Hebert JR, et al. Maternal dietary quality, inflammatory potential and offspring adiposity throughout
childhood: a pooled analysis of 7 European cohorts (ALPHABET consortium). Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 2020;79(OCE2). doi:10.1017/s0029665120001032.
Turner-McGrievy GM, Botchway M, Macauda M, Adams S, Blake CE, Younginer N. “We’re Not Meat Shamers. We’re Plant Pushers.”: How Owners of Local Vegan Soul Food
Restaurants Promote Healthy Eating in the African American Community. Journal of Black Studies. 2019:002193471989557. doi:10.1177/0021934719895575.
Custódio IDD, Franco FDP, Marinho EDC, Pereira TSS, Lima MTM, Molina MCB, Shivappa
Hebert JR, Paiva CE, Maia YCP. Prospective Analysis of Food Consumption and Nutritional Status and the Impact on
the Dietary Inflammatory Index in Women with Breast Cancer during Chemotherapy. Nutrients. 2019;11(11):2610. doi:10.3390/nu11112610.
Hanson C, Rifas-Shiman SL, Shivappa N, Wirth MD,
Hebert JR, Gold D, Camargo CA, Sen S, Sordillo JE, Oken E, Litonjua AA. Associations of Prenatal Dietary Inflammatory Potential with Childhood Respiratory
Outcomes in Project Viva. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. 2019. doi:10.1016/j.jaip.2019.10.010.
Kirkpatrick SI, Baranowski T, Subar AF, Tooze JA,
Frongillo EA. Best practices for conducting and interpreting studies to validate self-report dietary
assessment methods. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. doi.org//10.1016/j.jand.2019.06.010, 2019.
Lopez-Pentecost M, Crane TE, Garcia DO, Kohler LN, Wertheim BC,
Hebert JR, Steck SE, Shivappa N, Santiago-Torres M, Neuhouser ML, Hatsu IE, Snetselaar L, Datta M, Kroenke
CH, Sarto GE, Thomson CA. Role of dietary patterns and acculturation in cancer risk and mortality among postmenopausal
Hispanic women: results from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). Journal of Public Health. 2020. doi:10.1007/s10389-020-01342-8.
Luo J, Shivappa N,
Hébert JR, Xu X. Dietary inflammatory index and bladder cancer risk: a prospective study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2020. doi:10.1038/s41430-020-0602-y.
Oliveira TMS, Bressan J, Pimenta AM, Martinez-Gonzalez MA, Shivappa N,
Hebert JR, Hermsdorff HHM. Dietary inflammatory index and prevalence of overweight and obesity in Brazilian graduates
from the Cohort of Universities of Minas Gerais (CUME project). Nutrition. 2019:110635. doi:10.1016/j.nut.2019.110635.
Omofuma OO, Turner DP, Peterson LL,
Merchant AT, Zhang J, Steck SE. Dietary advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) and risk of breast cancer in the Prostate,
Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial (PLCO). Cancer Prevention Research. 2020. doi:10.1158/1940-6207.capr-19-0457.
Ross SET, Militello G, Dowda M,
Pate RR. Changes in Diet Quality in Youth Living in South Carolina From Fifth to 11th Grade. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2020. doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2020.03.001.
Steck SE, Murphy EA. Dietary patterns and cancer risk. Nature Reviews Cancer. 2019. doi:10.1038/s41568-019-0227-4.
Turner-McGrievy GM, Wilcox S, Frongillo EA, Murphy A, Hutto B, Williams K, Crimarco A, Wilson M, Davey Ml. The Nutritious Eating with Soul (NEW Soul) Study: Study design and methods of a two-year
randomized trial comparing culturally adapted soul food vegan vs. omnivorous diets
among African American adults at risk for heart disease. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2019:105897. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2019.105897.
Wirth MD, Jessup A,
Turner-Mcgrievy G, Shivappa N, Hurley TG, Hébert JR. Changes in Dietary Inflammatory Potential Predict Changes in Sleep Quality Metrics,
but Not Sleep Duration. Sleep. 2020. doi:10.1093/sleep/zsaa093.
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