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NORC and Office of Energetics scientists take top honors at the 2015 Postdoctoral Research Day

February 23, 2015

Researchers from UAB’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) and the Office of Energetics distinguished themselves in Session 1 at the recent 12th Annual Postdoctoral Research Day competition. Abstracts were scored on clarity, the significance of the research, and the scientific approach to the problem.

Tonia S. Schwartz, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Office of Energetics, was awarded 1st Place for “Second-Hand Eating? Maternal Perception of the Food Environment Affects Reproductive Investment in Mice,” which tests the hypothesis that female mice, who are consuming standard chow diets but are exposed to conspecifics eating a rich “cafeteria diet,” will exhibit altered weight gain and reproductive investment. Co-investigators on the study are Renee Gainer, animal behaviorist/environmental enrichment coordinator, and Erik D. Dohm, DVM, senior clinical veterinarian, at UAB’s Animal Resources Program; Maria S. Johnson, PhD, research associate in the Department of Nutrition Sciences; J. Michael Wyss, PhD, professor in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology; and David B. Allison, PhD, distinguished professor and director of UAB’s NORC and Office of Energetics.

 

TaShauna U. Goldsby, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Office of Energetics, won 2nd Place for “The Immediate and Long Lasting Effects of Aerobic Exercise among Non-Hispanic Blacks: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” which seeks to evaluate the efficacy of aerobic exercise as an antihypertensive therapy among non-Hispanic Blacks, who are disproportionately affected by hypertension compared with other racial/ethnic groups. Co-investigators include David B. Allison, PhD, distinguished professor and director of UAB’s NORC and Office of Energetics, and Linda S. Pescatello, PhD, professor in the Department of Kinesiology, and Blair T. Johnson, PhD, professor in the Department of Psychology, at the University of Connecticut.

 

Amy Miskimon Goss, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the NORC and Department of Nutrition Sciences, took 3rd Place for “Leptin Is Independently Associated with Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults with Obesity,” which investigates the independent relationships among depressive symptoms, total fat mass, intra-abdominal adipose tissue (IAAT), markers of inflammation, and leptin in aging men and women with obesity. UAB co-investigators are Brooks Wingo, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy; Richard Shelton, MD, professor in the Department of Psychiatry; Julie Locher, PhD, professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy; and Barbara A. Gower, PhD, professor and associate scientist at the NORC.