Currently Funded Projects

Current projects include those funded within the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State as well as subcontracts with other researchers at other universities, private foundations, and food industries.

Geisinger Rural Aging Study (GRAS)

Funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. (Principal Investigator: Dr Chris Still at Geisinger Health System and investigators Drs. Terry Hartman and Gordon Jensen at Penn State). The overall study involves ongoing nutrition risk screening in 20,000 older adults living in Pennsylvania. The DAC in collaboration with Tufts University has developed a FFQ questionnaire that is currently being validated in a subset of 225 of these older adults. This study will compare FFQ data with dietary recalls and other selected biochemical measures of nutritional status.

Antioxidant Status, Diet and Early Pregnancy (ISIS)

Funded by the National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator: Dr. Marlene Goldman at Dartmouth and Dr. Terry Hartman at Penn state). The DAC is collecting telephone dietary recalls in 500 healthy women and their partners who are planning pregnancy. This is a prospective cohort study to evaluate the effects of antioxidant intakes on pregnancy outcomes.

Obesity Prevention Tailored for Health II (OPTII)

National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator: Dr. Kim Reynolds at University of Southern California and Dr. Terry Hartman at Penn State). The purpose of the study is to evaluate an innovative nutrition intervention targeting children (age 10-11) and their parents to prevent obesity and increase fruit and vegetable intakes of these families. The DAC will collect dietary recalls in 400 children at baseline, 6 months and 1 year.