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Dr. StuffJanice Stuff, Ph.D., R.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
jstuff@bcm.tmc.edu

Nutritional Epidemiology

I am interested in a combined approach using epidemiology, statistics and dietary methodology to understand the role of nutrition in chronic diseases and public health problems.

One of my research interests is to understand dietary carcinogen and chemopreventive exposure, the genetic susceptibility to dietary carcinogens, and their interaction as determinants for cancer. I am developing and validating databases of N-nitroso compounds and isothiocyanate compounds in foods, to investigate their role in the development and prevention of cancer. Another interest is to investigate the role of diet, body composition, hormone levels in the development of risk factors for breast cancer.

Another major focus of my research is linked to the Delta NIRI (Nutrition Intervention Research Initiative). This initiative is coordinated by the USDA/ARS, who funds six institutions in Arkansas , Louisiana and Mississippi . The aims of this initiative are to measure the nutrition and health status of individuals and communities in the Lower Mississippi Delta region and to design appropriate interventions that improve their health and well-being. This project also investigates the impact of food insecurity on the health, nutritional requirements and nutritional status of children. Other areas of interest include nutritional interventions for children in high-risk low-income areas.

Representative publications:

Champagne CM, Casey PH, Connell C, Stuff JE, Gossett JM, Harsha DW, McCabe-Sellers B, Robbins JM, Simpson PM, Szeto KL, Weber J.L. and Bogle ML for the Lower Mississippi Delta Nutrition Intervention Research Initiative . Poverty and food intake in rural America: diet quality is lower in food insecure adults in the Mississippi Delta. J. Amer. Diet. Assoc. 2007, 107:1886-1894.

McCabe-Sellers BJ, Bowman S, Stuff JE, Champagne CM, Simpson PM, Bogle ML. Assessment of the diet quality of U.S. adults in the Lower Mississippi Delta. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007, 86:697-686.

Stuff JE, Casey PH, Connell CL, Champagne CM, Gossett JM, Harsha D, McCabe-Sellers B, Robbins JM, Simpson PM, Szeto KL, Weber, JL, Bogle ML. Household Food Insecurity, Obesity, Chronic Disease, and Chronic Disease Risk factors. J Hunger and Environ Nutr 2006 1 (2): 43-62.

Casey PH, Simpson PM, Gossett JM, Bogle ML, Champagne CM, Connell C, Harsha D, McCabe-Sellers B, Robbins JM, Stuff JE, Weber J.The Association of Child and Household Food Insecurity with Childhood Overweight Status. Pediatrics 2006. 118:e1406-e1413.

S. Goolsby, P.Casey, J. Stuff, S. Zaghloul, J. Gossett, P. Simpson, M. Bogle. Consumption of calcium among African African Adolescent Girls. 2006. Ethn. Dis. 16:476-482.

Molaison EF, Connell CL, Stuff JE, Yadrick MK, Bogle M. Influences on fruit and vegetable consumption by low-income black American adolescents. J Nutr Educ Behav. 37(5):246-251, 2005.

Casey PH, Szeto KL, Robbins JM, Stuff JE, Connell CL, Gossett JM, Simpson PM.  Child health-related quality of life and household food security. 2005;  Arch of Pediatrics and Adol Med. 159:51-56

Stuff JE,   Casey PH, Szeto KL, Gossett JM, Robbins JM, Simpson PM, Connell CL, and Bogle ML. Household Food Insecurity Is Associated with Adult Health Status.  2004; J. Nutrition 134: 2330 - 2335.

Stuff JE, Horton JA, Bogle ML, Connell C, Ryan D, Zaghloul S, Thornton A, Simpson P, Gossett J, Szeto K; Lower Mississippi Delta Nutrition Intervention Research Consortium.  High prevalence of food insecurity and hunger in households in the rural Lower Mississippi Delta. J Rural Health. 2004 Spring;20(2):173-80.