Gustavo G. Zarini

TITLE

Research Scientist

CONTACT

gzarini@fiu.edu

FOCUS

HIV, Diabetes, Kidney, and Nutrition

EDUCATION

  • University of Belgrano, BS
  • Florida International University, MS, Ph.D.

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Vaccaro, J. A., Zarini, G. G., Huffman, F. G. (2018). Cross-sectional analysis of unhealthy foods, race/ethnicity, sex, and cardiometabolic risk factors in U.S. adults. Nutrition & Dietetics. 2018 Jun 17. doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12439.
  2. Huffman, F.G., Vaccaro, J. A., Zarini, G. G., Vieira, E. R. (2018). Osteoporosis, Activities of Daily Living Skills, Quality of Life, and Dietary Adequacy of Congregate Meal Participants. Geriatrics, 3(2); 24. doi:10.3390/geriatrics3020024.
  3. Vieira, E. R., Vaccaro, J.A., Zarini, G. G., Huffman, F. G. (2017). Health Indicators of US Older Adults Who Received or Did Not Receive Meals. Journal of Aging Research. Volume 2017, Article ID 2160819, 8 pages. doi.org/10.1155/2017/2160819.
  4. Huffman, F.G., Vaccaro, J. A., Vieira, E. R., Zarini, G. G. (2017). Health-related characteristics of older adults who attend congregate meal sites in the United States. Geriatrics, 2(3), 22; doi:10.3390/geriatrics2030022.
  5. Exebio, J. C., Zarini, G. G., Ajabshir, S., Antwi, J., Huffman, F. G. (2016). Validation of a sun exposure questionnaire among subjects with type 2 diabetes residing in South Florida. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 18(1):228-233. doi: 10.1007/s10903-015-0163-7.
  6. Cheema, A. K., Li, T., Liuzzi, J. P., Zarini, G. G., Dorak, M. T., Huffman, F. G. (2015). Genetic associations of ppargc1a with type 2 diabetes: differences among populations with African origins. Journal of Diabetes Research, Article ID 921274, 10 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/921274.
  7. Cheema, A. K., Li, T., Liuzzi, J. P., Zarini, G. G., Huffman, F. G. (2015). Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1 alpha (ppargc1a) polymorphism linked with microalbuminuria in hypertensive Haitian Americans with type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Health Sciences and Research, 5(2):295-303.
  8. Zarini, G. G., Vaccaro, J. A., Canossa Terris, M. A., Exebio, J. C., Tokayer, L., Antwi, J., Ajabshir, S., Cheema, A., Huffman, F.G. (2014). Lifestyle behaviors and self-rated health: the living for health program. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 315042, 9 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/315042.
  9. Ajabshir, S., Exebio, J. C., Zarini, G. G., Nayer, A., McLean, M., Shaban, L., and Huffman, F. G. (2014). Skin color and self-reported sun exposure scores are associated with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations in a multi-ethnic population living in South Florida. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, 4(34):5312-5323.
  10. Cheema, A. K., Zarini, G. G., Exebio, J., Ajabshir, S., Shaban, L., Antwi, J., Vaccaro, J. A., Huffman, F. G. (2014). Ethnic Differences in Insulin resistance, adiponectin levels and abdominal obesity: Haitian Americans and African Americans with and without type 2 diabetes mellitus. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, 4(26):4455-4469.
  11. Exebio, J. C., Ajabshir, S., Zarini, G. G., Vaccaro, J., Huffman, F. G. (2014). Use of homeostatic model assessment indexes for the identification of metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance among Cuban-Americans: a cross sectional study. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, 4(29):4824-4833.
  12. Vaccaro, J. A., Exebio, J. C., Zarini, G. G., Huffman, F. G. (2014). The role of family/friend social support in diabetes self-management for minorities with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Nutrition and Health, 2(1), pp 1-9. doi: 10.12691/jnh-2-1-1.
  13. Sukhram, S. D., Zarini, G. G., Shaban, L. H., Vaccaro, J. A., Huffman, F. G. (2014). Obesity and serum high sensitivity c-reactive protein levels among elderly Turkish immigrants in the Netherlands with type 2 diabetes. Ageing International, 39:68-80. doi: 10.1007/s12126-012-9149-0.
  14. Huffman, F. G., Vaccaro, J. A., Zarini, G. G., Dixon, Z. (2014). Comparison of two indices of diet quality with acculturation factors and demographics in Haitian Americans. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 53:42–57. doi: 10.1080/03670244.2013.774674.
  15. Huffman, F. G., Exebio, J. C., Vaccaro, J. A., Zarini, G. G., Dixon, Z. (2013). Effect of medical advice for diet on diabetes self-management and glycemic control for Haitian and African Americans with type 2 diabetes. Food and Nutrition Sciences, Vol.4 No.11, Article ID: 37541, 8 pages. doi:10.4236/fns.2013.411142.
  16. Huffman, F. G., Vallasciani, M., Vaccaro, J. A., Exebio, J. C., Zarini, G. G., Nayer, A., Ajabshir, S. (2013). The association of depression and perceived stress with beta cell function between African and Haitian Americans with and without type 2 diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Mellitus, 3(4):236-243.
  17. Colas, M. V., Vaccaro, J. A., Zarini, G. G., Huffman, F. G. (2013). Impact of vegetable preparation method and taste-test on vegetable preference for first grade children in the United States. International Journal of Child Health and Nutrition, 2:316-325. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.6000/1929-4247.2013.02.04.5.
  18. Huffman, F. G., Vaccaro, J. A., Ajabshir, S., Zarini, G. G., Exebio, J., Dixon, Z. (2013). Perceived stress and self-rated health of Haitian and African Americans with and without type 2 diabetes. Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 18(3):198-204. PMCID: PMC3732899.
  19. Huffman, F. G., Vaccaro, J. A., Exebio, J. C., Abajshir, S., Zarini, G. G., and Shaban, L. H. (2013). Relationship of omega-3 fatty acids on C-reactive protein and homocysteine in Haitian and African Americans with and without type 2 diabetes. Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences, 3(179). doi:10.4172/255-9600.1000180.
  20. Huffman, F. G., Vaccaro, J. A., Zarini, G. G., Biller, D., Dixon, Z. (2012). Inadequacy of micronutrients, fat, and fiber consumption in the diets of Haitian-, African- and Cuban-Americans with and without type 2 diabetes. International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, 82(4):275-87. doi: 10.1024/0300-9831/a000120.
  21. Huffman, F. G., Vaccaro, J. A., Exebio, J. C., Zarini, G. G., Katz, T., Dixon, Z. (2012). Television watching, diet quality, and physical activity and diabetes among three ethnicities in the United States. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 191465. doi: 10.1155/2012/191465.
  22. Debnath, S., Gomez, G. P., Zarini, G. G., Vaccaro, J. A., Al-Hajeri, M., Huffman, F. G. (2012). Do dietary factors contribute to medical cost for Cuban Americans with and without type 2 diabetes? Journal of Health Care Finance, 38(4):61-75.
  23. Exebio, J. C., Zarini, G. G., Vaccaro, J. A., Exebio, C., Huffman, F. G. (2012). Use of hemoglobin A1C to detect Haitian-Americans with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes. Arquivos Brasileiros de Endocrinologia & Metabologia, 56(7):449-455.
  24. Huffman, F. G., Vaccaro, J. A., Zarini, G. G., Dixon, Z. (2012). Dietary intake of flavonoids and HDL- and LDL- cholesterol in two black ethnicities with and without type 2 diabetes. The Internet Journal of Cardiovascular Research, Volume 7 Number 2 ISSN: 1540-2592. http://ispub.com/IJCVR/7/2/13995
  25. Shaban, L., Zarini, G. G., Sukhram, S., Huffman, F. G. (2012). Serum Vitamin D Insufficiency and Diabetes Status in Three Ethnic Minority Groups. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 14(6):926-932. doi: 10.1007/s10903-012-9634-2.
  26. Huffman, F. G., Vaccaro, J. A., Gundupalli, D., Zarini, G. G., Dixon, Z. (2012). Acculturation and diabetes self-management of Cuban Americans: Is age a protective factor? Ageing International, 37:195-209. doi. 10.1007/s12126-010-9102-z.
  27. Exebio, J. C., Zarini, G. G., Exebio, C., Huffman, F. G. (2011). Healthy Eating Index scores associated with symptoms of depression in Cuban-Americans with and without type 2 diabetes: a cross sectional study. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, Volume 2011, Article ID 398324. doi:10.1155/2011/398324.
  28. Huffman, F. G., De La Cera, M., Vaccaro, J. A., Zarini, G. G., Exebio, J., Gundupalli, D., Shaban L. (2011). Healthy Eating Index and Alternate Healthy Eating Index among Haitian Americans and African Americans with and without type 2 diabetes. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, Volume 2011, Article ID 398324, doi:10.1155/2011/398324.
  29. Huffman, F. G., Zarini, G. G., McNamara, E., Nagarajan, A. (2011). The Healthy Eating Index and the Alternate Healthy Eating Index as predictors of 10-year CHD risk in Cuban Americans with and without type 2 diabetes. Public Health Nutrition, 23:1-9.
  30. Huffman, F. G., Vaccaro, J. A., Nusrath, N. S., Zarini, G. G. (2011). The Effect of carbohydrate amount, quality and type on arterial pulse pressure in Cuban-Americans with and without type 2 diabetes. Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences, 1:106. doi: 10.4172/2155-9600.1000106.
  31. Zarini, G. G., Exebio, J. C., Gundupalli, D. G., Nath, S., Huffman, F. G. (2011). Hypertension, poor glycemic control and microalbuminuria in Cuban Americans with type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Nephrology and Renovascular Disease, 4 35-40.
  32. Huffman, F. G., Exebio, J. C., Zarini, G. G., Exebio, C. (2011). Use of HbA1c in Screening for Cuban-Americans with Undiagnosed Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health,13(3):541-5. doi: 10.1007/s10903-010-9363-3.
  33. Huffman, F. G., Zarini, G. G., Cooper, V. (2010). Dietary glycemic index and load in relation to cardiovascular disease risk factors in Cuban American population. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 61(7):690-701.
  34. Huffman, F. G., Knight-Sepulveda, K., McLean, M., Vaccaro, J., Zarini, G. G. (2010). Serum adiponectin, ghrelin and metabolic syndrome, and diabetes status in Cuban Americans. International Journal of Health Research, 3(2)93-103.
  35. Huffman, F. G., Whisner, S., Zarini, G. G., Nath, S. (2010). Waist circumference and BMI in relation to serum high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) in Cuban Americans with and without type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 7(3):842-852.
  36. Huffman, F. G., Gomez, G. P., Zarini, G. G. (2009). Metabolic syndrome and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in Cubans. Ethnicity & Disease, 19(2):115-120.
  37. Huffman, F., Vaccaro, J., Zarini, G. G., Nath, S. (2009). Coronary heart disease risk in Cuban Americans with and without type 2 diabetes. Internet Journal of Health, Vol 12, Number 1.
  38. Huffman, F. G., Vaccaro, J. A., Nath, S. D., Zarini, G. G. (2009). Diabetes self-management: are Cuban Americans receiving quality health care? Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, 32(3):278-304.