Effects of vitamin D and Omega-3 supplementation on telomeres in VITAL
08/2016 – 04/2021
The goal of this study is to test the hypothesis that vitamin D and/or marine omega-3 improves cellular aging (leukocyte telomere length or LTL) in older participants (n=1,054) of the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL) over time. This study also proposes to examine the effects of on the longitudinal interrelationships among inflammatory cytokines, cardiovascular risk, and LTL attrition.
Early Life Stress, Damage Associated Molecular Patterns, and Cardiovascular Risk
02/2018 - 01/2021
Critical knowledge gaps remain regarding whether these circulating danger molecules are involved in the psychopathological process. This proposal will take advantage of our existing longitudinal Georgia Stress and Heart (GSH) cohort, in order to study novel molecular mechanisms and biomarkers for early life stress and high BP regarding damage associated molecular patterns (DAMPs).
Role of Skeletal Muscle Health on Poor Lifestyle Related Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular
Risk 09/2018 – 08/2023
The fundamental objective of this proposal is to evaluate the systemic contribution of skeletal muscle health in mediating the role of poor lifestyles (i.e. psychosocial stress, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity) on insulin resistance and the development of preclinical markers of CVD (i.e. endothelial function and arterial stiffness).
Estrogen-Mediated Impairments of Vascular Health in Diabetes
02/2018 - 12/2022
The overall objectives of this proposal are 1) to uncover the ability of estrogen to reduce nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability and impair vascular health in type 1 diabetes and 2) introduce two novel physiological mechanisms that contribute to estrogen-mediated vascular dysfunction in type 1 diabetes.
Mechanism for exercise intolerance in CF: Role of PDE5 inhibition
07/2019 – 06/2022
The overall goal of this proposal is to evaluate the impact that sildenafil has on clinically relevant and patient oriented outcomes and to increase our understanding of the potential mechanisms which contribute to improvements in exercise capacity following PDE5 inhibition in people with moderate to severe CF lung disease.
Pediatric Ambulatory Blood Pressure Trajectory and Brain Health in Midlife
06/2019 – 04/2023
The goal of this study is to identify at what age the impact of high blood pressure (BP) on cognitive impairment starts to occur and the potential mechanisms underlying the link.
Psychosocial stress, epigenetics and health disparity in hypertension
08/2019 – 05/2024
This project aims to examine how epigenetics mediates the effect of chronic stress on the risk of essential hypertension and its related racial disparity.
Prevention of Misuse and Abuse of Prescription Medications
9/2019 - 08/2021
This Project utilizes individual and environmental strategies to prevent the misuse and abuse of alcohol and electronic cigarettes in youth in primarily schools and churches.
Choose life Suicide Prevention Program
02/2019 – 01/2021
The goals of this project are to 1) lead efforts to reduce suicide attempts in the state of Georgia in rural (Jones) and urban (Richmond) counties , and 2) provide trainings on suicide prevention to key school and community members, intervention and recovery after an attempt, and postvention to families after a loss to suicide
State Technical College Program for the Prevention of Opioid Misuse and Abuse
03/2019 – 02/2021
The goal of this project is to mentor and train five technical colleges (that have the highest opioid use) in the state of Georgia on the Strategic Prevention Framework to address opioid use and misuse by their technical college students.
SOR College Adopt a School Project
09/2019 – 10/2020
The goal fo this project is to mentor and train six USG colleges (that have the highest opioid use) in the state of Georgia on the Strategic Prevention Framework to address opioid use and misuse by their students.
Impacting Cancer Health Disparities and Facilitating Cancer Health Equity in Breast,
Multiple Myeloma, and Prostate Cancers in Underserved and Minority Populations: The cancer-Community Awareness Access
Research & Education II (c-CARE II) Initiative
7/2020 – 07/2023
This project provides training and education in faith-based and community sites on risks of breast, multiple myeloma, and prostate cancers and encourages screenings in those eligible and encourages smoking cessation in current smokers.
A Collaborative Approach to Address COVID-19 among Vulnerable and At-Risk African American Populations
Augusta Fit Families
03/2020 – 03/2021
This project aims to implement programs in early childhood education centers and faith-based communities that offer daily childcare options to increase access to physical activity for children and youth and to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Development of a Patient Centered Primary and Secondary Prevention Intervention for
Breast and Ovarian Cancer in African American Women
02/2020 – 03/2021
This project will conduct a qualitative needs assessment and develop a culturally competent breast and ovarian cancer prevention intervention, through the promotion of breastfeeding and genetic screening for cancer risk among African American (AA) women.
Living My BREAST Life: Breast Cancer Research, Education, and Access to Screening
and Genetic Testing for Minority and Underserved Georgia Women
02/2020 – 03/2021
The overall aim of this project is to improve breast cancer outcomes within minority and underserved communities in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), Georgia and nationally through awareness and education; improved prevention and early detection behaviors; navigation to proper care; and increased minority participation in clinical trials.