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Goldsby is recipient of NMRI Travel Award

April 11, 2016

TaShauna  U. Goldsby, PhDTaShauna U. Goldsby, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), and Office of Energetics, is the recipient of a 2016 Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI) Travel Award to attend the NMRI Annual Meeting to be held April 20-22 in Bethesda, Maryland. Supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the NMRI is dedicated to developing future investigators through mentorship by senior members, who act as role models for junior investigators.

This award was presented to Dr. Goldsby based on her abstract “Urban Park Development and Pediatric Obesity Rates: A Quasi-experiment Using Electronic Health Record Data,” published April 8, 2016, in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The study examines whether changes in body mass index (BMI) z-score were associated with the construction of Railroad Park. Results indicate that proximity to a park was not associated with reductions in BMI z-score. Dr. Goldsby and colleagues concluded that additional efforts are warranted to understand how park construction and access will increase physical activity.

UAB co-investigators are Brandon J. George, PhD, statistician in the Office of Energetics; Bisakha P. Sen, PhD, professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy; and David B. Allison, PhD, distinguished professor and director of the NORC and Office of Energetics.