Lifespan Health Research Center

Division of Epidemiology

Research in the Division of Epidemiology focuses on examining risk factors and health consequences for a number of common diseases, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, sarcopenia and osteoporosis.

Active Funded Research

Adiposity, Disease Risk Factors, and Lifetime Health
PD/PI: Czerwinski SA
Co-Is: Choh AC, Chumlea WC, Duren DL, Lee M, Nahhas RW, Towne B
Funding Agency: NIH/NICHD R01HD012252

This project involves the collection and analysis of long-term serial data from the Fels Longitudinal Study. Data are related to indices and measures of body fatness, adipose tissue distribution, lifestyle, lipids and lipoproteins, blood pressure, and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Analyses concern prediction of future states, associations among measures of body composition and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and patterns of change in individuals.

Genetics of Bone Structure and Metabolism
Subcontract PD/PI: Towne B
Co-Is: Czerwinski SA
Funding Agency: NIH (R01AR055632)
Subcontract from Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research

The proposed study investigates the genetic determinants of bone metabolism and osteoporosis risk in a sample of adult participants from Jiri, Nepal. Study participants will be assessed for a variety of bone traits including bone mineral density, bone structure and markers of bone turnover. This information coupled with genetic marker data will be used to determine areas of the genome that harbor genes related to osteoporosis risk in this population.

Job Demands as Moderators of the Relationship between Physical Activity and Health
PD/PI: Choh A
Co-I's: Bowling, Czerwinski SA
Funding Agency: Wright State University
Dates: 07/01/2013–6/30/2014

This grant will extract objective measures spanning various dimensions of job demands, and examine how job-related dimensions, PA, and interactions between the two, influence obesity, blood pressure, general health, and depression, adjusting for demographic, and behavioral risk factors.

Post Baccalaureate Research Education (PREP)

PD/PI: Czerwinski, SA
Mentor: Lee M
Funding Agency: NIH/NIGMS
Dates: 03/01/2010–02/28/2015

Supports the research training and education of recent baccalaureate graduates from groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research areas, who plan to pursue Ph.D. degrees. This research apprenticeship serves as an educational transition for recent baccalaureate graduates who will acquire essential academic credentials and research skills to make them more competitive for Ph.D. programs at highly selective institutions.

Short-term Training for Minority Students Program

PD/PI: Czerwinski SA
Mentor: Lee M
Funding Agency: NIH/NHLBI

The major goal of this project is to give short-term training in the cardiovascular sciences with emphasis on basic mechanisms of cellular and neural physiology, cardiovascular and endocrine control/epidemiology to minority undergraduates.

Last edited on 01/28/2015.