Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"TOPRS: Obesity, Bariatric Surgery and Nutritional Deficiencies"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Full-Year 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
Obesity, Weight Loss, Vitamins and Minerals
Project Description:
Weight loss or bariatric surgery is very effective for reducing obesity and associated disease such as diabetes. In the US, over 1.5 million severely obese individuals have already undergone bariatric surgery and around 200,000 people are expected to undergo the procedures each year. However nutrient deficiencies can occur following surgery and these adverse consequences of surgery affect many individuals. Our laboratory focuses on the development of deficiencies in trace minerals such as iron, zinc and copper, which are essential for humans health. Deficiency in iron, zinc and copper can lead to anemia, and problems with immunity, wound healing, locomotion and cognitive function that can be devastating. Often deficiencies in iron, zinc and copper are not diagnosed and treated until the symptoms are severe. The goals of our studies are to learn more about the risks of nutritional deficiency in iron, zinc and copper and to improve strategies for prevention and treatment.
Expected Student Contributions:
Assisting with human studies in which patients are screened for nutritional deficiency in trace minerals and patients who are found to be deficient are treated using oral multivitamins and iron and copper supplementation.
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Desired Qualifications:
PU-WL sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA and good academic standing
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 1 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Gletsu-Miller, Nana
Nutrition Science

Student Supervisor

Nana Gletsu Miller
Assistant Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Mario Ferruzzi
Food Science