Bone Metabolism

Mission
To improve understanding of how the diet impacts bone and muscle health and improves overall health and function in older adults.

Lab Objectives
Determine the effects of dietary and supplemental vitamin D and related nutrients in the prevention and progression of musculoskeletal performance and dysfunction, glucose homeostasis and type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases

Determine the effects of dietary acid-base balance on bone and muscle metabolism and function

Define the contributions of vitamin D absorption, metabolism, and genetic variation in regulating the circulating levels of 25OHD and other metabolites

Staff
Bess Dawson-Hughes, M.D., Laboratory Director
Senior Scientist and Professor, Medicine
Research focus: Dietary determinants of bone and muscle mass

Lisa Ceglia, M.D., MS
Scientist II
Effects of dietary and hormonal factors on muscle metabolism and morphology

Susan Harris, D.Sc.
Scientist I
Research focus: Vitamin D and other nutritional determinants of chronic disease

Heike Bischoff-Ferrari, M.D., M.P.H.
Visiting Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health
Research focus: Prevention of falls/disability in the elderly; musculoskeletal effects of vitamin D

Nancy Palermo, BS, Project Manager
Allison Swan, BA, Research Coordinator
Jillian Greaves, BS, Research Coordinator

For contact information, please click on the scientist’s webpage or visit the Tufts University online directory at http://whitepages.tufts.edu/.