Zivkovic and colleagues find that HDL composition may help predict health risks and design therapeutics
To most of us, HDLs, or high-density lipoproteins, are simply tiny, cholesterol-rich particles that act as the biochemical “good guys” in the battle against clogged arteries and coronary heart disease. But a team led by University of California, Davis, researchers including Dr. Angela Zivkovic found that not all HDLs are alike. The amounts and specific structure of complex sugars called glycans in these particles can powerfully influence the body’s inflammatory and immune responses.
2017 Kosuna Distinguished Lecture in Nutrition with Dr. Bart Weimer
On April 3rd, 2017 Dr. Bart Weimer presented on "Metagenomics, genomes, and host-microbe interactions" for the 2017 Kosuna Distinguished lecture in Nutrition.
Dewey, Matias, and Mridha publish articles showing that children get physical and intellectual boost from lipid-based nutrient supplements
Moms and dads caught in the frenzy of raising little ones probably don't realize it, but the first 1,000 days of their children's lives truly are "golden" - precious, that is, in their implications for future growth and development.
Reina Engle-Stone helping to improve health in developing countries with flour and oil
Reina Engle-Stone was halfway through her biology degree at Cornell University when she discovered global nutrition.
Her introduction was a nutritional epidemiology class, and almost immediately she was hooked. “You could take biology and apply it to other things. I thought, this is great, this is what I want to do,” she says.
Beth Prado lead author on paper showing impact of prenatal vitamins on cognitive development in children
For all the moms who obediently popped their prenatal vitamins during pregnancy while wondering if the supplements could actually benefit their babies, an international research group has the answer, and it’s a resounding “yes.”
Zivkovic and colleagues publish on the interrelation between breast milk components, gut microbiota, and infant health
In an article recently published in the journal Scientific Reports, Dr. Angela Zivkovic and colleagues found that components in human milk protect infants from infection, promote infant growth, and are associated with the composition of the gut microbiota.
Lipid-based prenatal supplement improves infant health and nutrition in Bangladesh
Since 2008, Kathryn Dewey has coordinated a massive, international research effort called the “iLiNS”, or International Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements Project. The project focuses on formulating and evaluating cost-effective, lipid-based supplements — much like peanut butter — that have shown promise for improving nutrition for children and women in impoverished nations.
Recent results indicate that fortified, lipid- or fat-based nutritional supplements provided during pregnancy to women in Bangladesh reduced stunting, abnormally low weight and small head size in babies born to these women.
Molecular Pharmacology article by Drs. Haj and Bettaieb selected for research highlights by journal
Drs. Haj and Bettaieb are co-authors on a recently published article in Molecular Pharmacology that was selected for research highlights by the journal.
Childhood obesity-prevention program promotes healthy lifestyles in a rural California Mexican-American community
A culture of health has emerged in Firebaugh, a small, rural agricultural community located in the heart of California’s Central Valley. Home to many farmworker families of Mexican descent, Firebaugh has participated for the past four years in the Niños Sanos, Familia Sana (NSFS, Healthy Children, Healthy Family) childhood obesity prevention study funded by a US Department of Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant. Early study findings indicate a slower weight gain among obese boys, as well as a reduction in children’s consumption of high-fat, high-sugar foods in Firebaugh, which served as the intervention community for the study.Read more...
Shaping Healthy Choices Program featured as policy-relevant UC research case study in UC Global Food Initiative Research to Policy Subcommittee Report
The UC Global Food Initiative Research to Policy Subcommittee hosted a workshop July 20 on Leveraging Research for Food and Agriculture Policy. For the workshop, the organizers assembled policy-relevant UC research case studies, including a section on the Shaping Healthy Choices Program.Read more...
Zivkovic paper selected for “Top Microbiology Papers” collection by PeerJ.
A recent article by Dr. Angela Zivkovic has been selected for the "Top Microbiology Collection" by PeerJ.
The article, "The microbes we eat: abundance and taxonomy of microbes consumed in a day’s worth of meals for three diet types" can be viewed on their website.
UC Davis researchers find key mechanism that causes neuropathic pain
Drs. Haj and Bettaieb are among a group of UC Davis researchers who recently identified a key mechanism in neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is a common consequence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, affecting up to 70 percent of patients. The discovery could eventually benefit millions of patients with chronic pain from trauma, diabetes, shingles, multiple sclerosis or other conditions that cause nerve damage.
Angela Zivkovic on Microbes in our Food
Dr. Angela Zivkovic was recently interviewed for the BacterioFiles podcast regarding microbes present in our food.
International and Community Nutrition Seminars Now Online
The UC Davis Program in International and Community Nutrition is now posting their weekly seminars for viewing online.
Shaping Healthy Choices Program - School-based nutrition education program results in fewer overweight and obese children
A school-based nutrition education program developed at the UC Davis Center for Nutrition in Schools is showing promising results. The Shaping Healthy Choices Program (SHCP) is a multi-component school-based intervention developed to improve children’s health.
Dr. Kathryn Dewey partners in $8.3 million effort to fight childhood malnutrition
Dr. Kathryn Dewey joins in an international research effort to develop new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent malnutrition in infants and children around the world. The Breast Milk, Gut Microbiome and Immunity Project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Walnut diet delivers promising results in mice with prostate cancer
A low-fat diet is frequently recommended for reducing a man’s risk for developing or slowing growth of existing prostate cancer, but a recent study led by Dr. Paul Davis suggests that excluding walnuts may mean foregoing a protective effect of walnuts on tumor growth.
Tiny Packets of Hope - UC Davis leads efforts against malnutrition with a $16 million Gates Foundation grant
A team of international researchers, led by UC Davis nutrition professor Kathryn Dewey, are developing and testing new solutions to prevent malnutrition in vulnerable populations.
Diagnosing pneumonia: Getting it right
Doctors may soon be able to quickly and accurately diagnose the cause of pneumonialike symptoms by examining the chemicals found in a patient’s urine, suggests a new study led by Dr. Carolyn Slupsky.
Study completed in Ghana by UC Davis researchers shows that infants who consumed a fat-based nutrient supplement from 6 to 12 months of age showed no deficit in growth or motor development
Recent graduate of the UC Davis Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology Ph.D. program, Dr. Seth Adu-Afarwuah and Nutrition Department professor Dr. Kay Dewey have completed a study in Ghana which showed that infants who consumed a fat-based nutrient supplement showed no deficit in either growth or gross motor development compared to international standards.