Research

Ongoing studies

Characterization of the gut microbiota-gut-brain axis in adult Bhutanese refugees
July 2021 – 
Funding source: Center of Integrated Biomedical and Bioengineering Research (CIBBR)
The goal of this project is to investigate the relationship between glycemic status, fiber intake, and components of the microbiota-gut-brain axis in a NH adult Bhutanese refugee population with high prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes. This study is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Sherman Bigornia, an Assistant Professor in the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems department at UNH (colsa.unh.edu/agriculture-nutrition-food-systems).
 
For more information about CIBBR, please visit their website: unh.edu/research/cibbr.
 

Fiber-rich foods, weight status, and the gut microbiota: A comparative study in NH Hispanic adults at risk for food insecurity
October 2021 – 
Funding source: NH Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) Hatch Project
Description: The objective of this project is to quantify the relationship between access to fiber-rich foods, fiber intake, and components of the gut microbiota-gut-brain axis in NH Hispanic adults in households eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This study is being conducted in collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension (extension.unh.edu) and the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies (hgcs.unh.edu).

 For more information about NHAES, please visit the NHAES website (colsa.unh.edu/nhaes).

Completed Studies

Perceived physical and psychosocial wellbeing of NH Hispanics during the COVID-19 pandemic
March 2021 – September 2021.*
Funding source: University of New Hampshire
Description: The overarching goal of this project is to assess perceived physical and psychosocial wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to weight status and food insecurity in NH Hispanic adults. This phone-based survey, implemented in English or Spanish, includes validated questionnaires on health outcomes and food environment, as perceived before and during the pandemic. This study is being conducted in collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension (please visit their website for more information: extension.unh.edu). 

 

Assessment of food environment, food insecurity, and health behaviors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in NH Hispanics
September 2021 – March 2022.
Funding source: Collaborative Research Excellence (CoRE) Pilot Research Project
Description: The overarching goal of this project is to assess the relationship between the food environment, food insecurity, and health behaviors in NH Hispanics during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to inform the development of resources, future interventions, and programming. This study is being conducted in collaboration with UNH Cooperative Extension (extension.unh.edu) and the Carsey School of Public Policy (carsey.unh.edu).

For more information about CoRE, please visit the CoRE website (mypages.unh.edu/core).