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Goldsby receives Postdoctoral Scholars Award from OPE to augment NCI diversity supplement

August 22, 2014

TaShauna  U. Goldsby, PhD

TaShauna U. Goldsby, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in UAB’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), Obesity Training Program, and Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, has received the Postdoctoral Scholars Award from the Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) to enhance the previously granted National Cancer Institute (NCI) Diversity Supplement, which was established as “a strategy for increasing the number of underrepresented minority populations engaged in basic, clinical and population-based biomedical cancer research.” Dr. Goldsby’s supplement will focus on health literacy, physical activity, and cancer prevention and recurrence.

The OPE financial award may be utilized to enhance Dr. Goldsby’s training respective to the funded grant, including participating in an internship up to one month in duration, attending educational workshops, visiting laboratories to perform collaborative studies, traveling to national and international professional conferences to present current findings, and, in general, expanding her professional horizons.

Dr. Goldsby’s previous work focused on developing and validating objective techniques to assess habitual physical activity in children and adults, as well as quantifying the immediate and long-lasting effects of aerobic exercise among ethnically diverse adults. After joining UAB in March 2014, she has pursued her interest in community-based participatory research by conducting research related to obesity, cancer, and minority health. Her major research projects center on cancer prevention and control among African Americans in the Deep South, as well as exercise training interventions designed to address metabolic differences between African Americans and European Americans.