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Schneider is awarded Ireland Research Travel Scholarship

May 1, 2015

Camille Schneider, RD, graduate student trainee in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) and PhD candidate in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been awarded an Ireland Research Travel Scholarship to support her research. This highly competitive award is designed “to enable a student to capture an educational opportunity that doesn’t exist here are UAB.”

Ms. Schneider’s dissertation work will focus on the hormonal composition of breast milk and how this may be associated with maternal and infant body composition. However, there are no investigators at UAB who examine the hormonal composition of breast milk or use dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) to assess regional body composition of infants. Thus, the awarded funds will be used to allow Ms. Schneider to travel to the University of Oklahoma to train in the lab of David Fields, PhD, who is actively using these methods for his research in mothers and infants. There, she will learn the best practices for the collection, handling, and storage of breast milk samples, as well as the appropriate procedures to perform the desired hormonal assays in the breast milk. Additionally, Ms. Schneider will learn the procedures used to successfully perform DXA scans in infants, as well as how to properly analyze images for the most accurate data output. On her return, she will not only be prepared to conduct these tests at UAB, but also will be able to develop the protocols so that these methods can become part of the services that are offered through the core facility of the NORC and the Diabetes Research Center so that future investigators will be able to benefit from this service.

Ms. Schneider earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012. That fall, she entered UAB’s combined RD/PhD program. She successfully completed the Dietetic Internship in June 2013 and passed the Registration Examination for Dietitians in September 2013 to become a Registered Dietitian. She continues her PhD work at UAB, exploring research interests that include early life feeding and nutrition and how they associate with metabolic health and body composition.