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Former UAB postdoc Frazier-Wood recipient of AHA’s Mark Bieber Award

December 26, 2014

Based on her prior accomplishments and estimated potential, Alexis C. Frazier-Wood, PhD, has been chosen as the recipient of the American Heart Association (AHA) Mark Bieber Award, which recognizes “an early career investigator for outstanding nutrition-related research.” Dr. Frazier-Wood conducted her postdoctoral training at UAB with David B. Allison, PhD, distinguished professor and director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), and Donna K. Arnett, PhD, professor and chair in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Frazier-Wood is currently an assistant professor at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and director of the Baylor Infant Twin Study (BITS). Her abstract “Poor adherence to US dietary guidelines for children and adolescents in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2010 population” will be presented at the AHA’s EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions, scheduled for March 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. BITS is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and seeks to build a biobehavioral model of pediatric obesity, by combining extensive biological information with well-measured behavior. The funding received as part of the award will be used to add an epigenetic arm to BITS and to identify the association between epigenetic changes occurring in early embryonic development in response to the mother’s diet and infant adiposity.