Research Opportunities: Nursing


Name:Dr. Jane Garvin
Email: bgarvin@augusta.edu
Department: College of Nursing, Physiological and Technological Nursing
Title: Measures of Obesity
Description: Weight-reduction benefits of programs involving breathing, movement, relaxation, spiritual meditation, music, and dietary change

Name:Dr. Pamela Shiao
Email: pshiao@augusta.edu
Department: College of Nursing, Research
Title:Meta-analyses and meta-prediction
Description:  a. Various cancers b. Cardiovascular diseases c. Mental health d. Congenital defects and transgenerational health problems e. Dietary impact on health Trainees will learn: a. Systematic literature review process b. Building databases through relational data structure c. Analysis packages on pooled analyses, GIS maps, big data analytics

Name:Dr. Pamela Shiao
Email: pshiao@augusta.edu
Department: College of Nursing, Research
Title:Healthy methyl diet
Description:  Topics and Faculty Members: a. Validation of dietary intakes through USDA computerized program: Dr. Shiao b. Validation of dietary recommended daily intake for various nutrients including macronutrients, micronutrients, methyl donors: Dr. Shiao Trainees will learn: d. Dietary data through national databases e. Building databases through innovative research methods f. Analytics for various nutrients

Name:Dr. Pamela Shiao
Email: pshiao@augusta.edu
Department: College of Nursing, Research
Title:Methylation Sequencing Bioinformatics Resources
Description:  Topics and Faculty Members: a. Methylation and health outcomes affected by gene mutations and polymorphism: Dr. Shiao and Dr. Lixin Dong b. Validation of genomic sequencing with national TCGA (The Cancer Genome Atlas) data: Dr. Shiao and Dr. Dong Trainees will learn: g. genomic data through national databases h. Building databases through innovative research methods i. Analytics for various genomic data

Name:Dr. Pamela Shiao
Email: pshiao@augusta.edu
Department: College of Nursing, Research
Title:Genomics and Bioinformatics
Description:  As part of preliminary work to build the long range research program, the objective of this phase of effort is to pilot testing the optimal dietary habits for healthy epigenetics in the family context to prevent chronic health conditions for various racial‐ethnic groups. The secondary aims are to examine the differences on the common genotypes, proteomics and metabolomics related to chronic diseases for various racial‐ethnic groups. In addition, behavioral risk factors on folate levels, inflammation markers including homocysteine levels, methylation status, smoking status, and alcohol use will be examined for various epigenetics pathways and subgroups.
Methods Using family context and family members as controls, comparing intervention and control groups, this is a family based randomized control plus case‐control study. Six hundred families (1,200 total cases), including 300 cases with colorectal cancer (CRC) and or metabolic syndrome to early stages of diabetes, and their family members in the intervention group, as well as 300 matched control group with cases and family members, living near the University’s communities will be recruited using stratified random sampling method with inclusion criteria.

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