Nutrition faculty, students present research at conference

May 7, 2014

(Courtesy UMass Amherst News Office)

From left: Lisa Troy, Nicholas Otis, Lorraine Cordeiro, Lindiwe Sibeko, Emily Boudreau, Zhenhua Liu and Jerusha Nelson Peterman.

Faculty and students from the nutrition department presented several research papers and chaired mini-symposia at the annual scientific conference of the American Society for Nutrition/Experimental Biology Conference held April 26-30 in San Diego.

The delegation included assistant professors Lorraine Cordeiro, Jerusha Nelson Peterman, Lindiwe Sibeko, Zhenhua Liu and Lisa Troy, doctoral student Joyce Faraj, and undergraduate honors students Emily Boudreau and Nicholas Otis. All three students presented their research at the conference. 

Troy chaired a mini-symposium on “Nutrition Epidemiology: Epidemiologic Methods in Examining Health Outcomes in Diverse Populations” and Cordeiro chaired a session on “Community and Public Health Nutrition: Food Security and Its Connections to Nutrition and Health.” A session on “Community and Public Health Interventions” was co-chaired by Peterman.

Liu presented a paper on “Obesity is associated with increased red blood cell folate despite lower intake and serum levels of this vitamin among adults in the United States.”

A paper co-authored by Boudreau, Sibeko, Cordeiro and Peterman on “Young Cambodian Women’s Beliefs, Attitudes, and Perspectives of a Healthy Diet” was also presented.

Other papers shared at the conference included “Household food insecurity is associated with depression among young Cambodian women in Massachusetts” and “Gender differentials in undernutrition among Tanzanian adolescents: a rural-urban comparison,” whose co-authors include Peterman, Otis and Cordeiro.

Cordeiro and Peterman also presented “Household food security and consumption of a traditional medicinal tincture, sraa tenam, among Cambodian women in Massachusetts” and “Healthful Cultural Foods and Safety Nets: Experiences of Immigrant and Puerto Rican Families in Massachusetts.”

Liu contributed to a study on “Human obesity produces an inflammatory milieu in both the serum and colonic mucosa: implications for carcinogenesis.”