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Valene Garr Barry, MS

Valene Garr Barry Pre-doctoral Fellowship in Obesity Related Research
Department of Nutrition Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Full CV

Bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy (BIS) as a diagnostic tool to monitor changes in physiology that occur in women with insulin resistance. Exploring BIS parameters as an indicator of conditions that are underpinned by insulin resistance, such as infertility and gestational complications. The role of nutrition, obesity, and prolonged physiological stress with gestational and post-partum maternal health in vulnerable populations.


  1. Garr Barry, V. (2018). "Membrane capacitance derived from bioimpedance spectroscopy is associated with insulin resistance in relatively healthy U.S. women, but not men”   ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  2. Wingo, B. C., Barry, V. G., Ellis, A. C., & Gower, B. A. (2018). Comparison of segmental body composition estimated by bioelectrical impedance analysis and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Clinical nutrition ESPEN, 28, 141-147.
  3. Cedillo, Y. E., Garr-Barry, V., Maciel, B., & Fernández, J. R. (2019). Dietary Energy–Density and Adiposity Markers Among a Cohort of Multi-ethnic Children. Maternal and child health, 22:1-11.
  4. Garr Barry, V; Peterson, C; Gower, BA. Bioelectrical Impedance Spectroscopy Non-Invasively Detects Insulin Resistance. (In Review)
  5. Amy Goss, Barbara Gower, Taraneh Soleymani, Mariah Stewart, May Pendergrass, Mark Lockhart Olivia Krantz, Shima Dowla, Nikki Bush, Valene Garr Barry, and Kevin Fontaine. Effects of a ketogenic diet on specific adipose tissue depots and insulin sensitivity in older adults with obesity: a randomized clinical trial" (In review)
  6. Garr Barry, V; Tucker, S; Stewart, M; Soleymani, T; Goss, AM; Gower, BA.  Greater Loss of Central Adiposity from Low-Carbohydrate versus Low-Fat Diet in Middle-Aged Adults. Journal of Nutrition Health and Aging. (In Preparation)
  7. Valene Garr Barry, MS; Jeralyn Langford; Mamie McLean, MD; Johanna Van Hofe, MD; Lorie Harper, MD, MSCI ; Barbara A. Gower, PhD.  Food Processing Rather Than Energy Intake is Associated with In Vitro Fertilization Outcomes.  (In Preparation)

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32HL105349 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute or the National Institutes of Health.

Years: 2017 - present
Mentor(s): Barbara Gower, PhD (Primary); Courtney Peterson PhD, MSc, MA, MS; Olivia Affuso, PhD; and Paula Chandler- Laney, PhD