Mission To improve understanding of how the diet impacts bone and muscle health and improves overall health and function in older adults.
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
Team Members Bess Dawson-Hughes, M.D.
Team Leader, Lead Scientist
Research focus: Dietary and hormonal determinants of bone and muscle mass and function
Lisa Ceglia, M.D., M.S.
Research focus: Effects of dietary and hormonal factors on muscle metabolism and morphology
Yui Chang-Chusan, Staff Assistant Caroline Mountain, Research Coordinator Elise Reitshamer, Research Coordinator Asia Sheehab, Research Coordinator Kelsey Viera, Research Coordinator