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Research and Outreach

Our research programs are grant funded both nationally and locally and include research in:

  • Human Exercise Physiology and Metabolism
  • Bone Density and Exercise
  • Vitamin D and Bone Growth
  • Lipid and Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Molecular Mineral Nutrition
  • Obesity Research

Research Collaborations

diagram of research collaborations - see table below

Researcher Topic Collaborators
Dr. Ball Body composition, youth physical activity, fitness Dr. Parks
Dr. Keller
Dr. Fritsche Diet, w-3 fatty acids immune function Dr. Hinton
Dr. Rector
Dr. Gable Behavioral interventions in child care and preschool settings Dr. Keller
Dr. Hinton Energy balance & bone turnover Dr. Fritsche
Dr. Vieira-Potter
Dr. Rector
Dr. Kanaley
Dr. Kanaley Endocrine & glycemic control, exercise, diabetes Dr. Parks
Dr. Vieira-Potter
Dr Rector
Dr. Hinton
Dr. Padilla
Dr. Keller Evaluation of community nutrition education & health programs Dr. Ball
Dr. Gable
Dr. Padilla CV ramification of physical inactivity, insulin resistance Dr. Parks
Dr. Kanaley
Dr. Pulakat
Dr. Rector
Dr. Vieira-Potter
Dr. Parks Lipid metabolism, obesity, fatty liver Dr. Padilla
Dr. Ball
Dr. Vieira-Potter
Dr. Rector
Dr. Kanaley
Dr. Peterson Vitamin D in health protection, adipoinsular axis & fetal programming Dr. Vieira-Potter
Dr. Pulakat Diabetes, CVD, renin angiotensin system new drugs Dr. Padilla
Dr. Rector
Dr. Rector Exercise, oxidative stress, liver metabolism Dr. Vieira-Potter
Dr. Fritsche
Dr. Padilla
Dr. Parks
Dr. Kanaley
Dr. Hinton
Dr. Pulakat
Dr. Vieira-Potter Behavior/biologic modulation of adipose tissue Dr. Peterson
Dr. Padilla
Dr. Parks
Dr. Kanaley
Dr. Hinton
Dr. Rector

Research Facilities

Our recently renovated research space houses the MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH), which includes a research kitchen, a teaching kitchen and an observational behavior lab. This project received substantial help from the J.R. Albert Foundation.

In addition to MUNCH, a new human research facility allows studies of the interactions of exercise and diet on metabolish, human performance and development or prevention of disease.

These new facilities will be adjacent to the Child Development Lab allowing for some research to be focused on issues related to health of children including childhood obesity.