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Vitamin D supplementation for women during pregnancy

Vitamin D supplementation for women during pregnancy




At the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition Dr. Cristina Palacios has been studying the effects of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy for more than a decade. Her most recent findings showed that supplementing pregnant women with vitamin D alone probably reduces the risk of pre‐eclampsia, gestational diabetes, low birthweight and may reduce the risk of severe postpartum hemorrhage.

Student Dietetics Association teams up with Common Threads to teach children about nutrition

Student Dietetics Association teams up with Common Threads to teach children about nutrition




An estimated one third of all children in the United States are overweight or obese. While the obesity rate is possibly stabilizing, it is still alarmingly high, with more than 17 percent of children considered clinically obese. 

One way to help combat this issue is through nutrition education. Unfortunately, many individuals and families do not receive formal or informal nutritional guidance.


Florida International University researchers respond with recommendations to help prevent and correct research effected by invalid data

Florida International University researchers respond with recommendations to help prevent and correct research effected by invalid data




In a response printed in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, Dr. Craig Garmendia, recent graduate from FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work; and Dr. Purnima Madhivanan, associate professor of Epidemiology at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, recommend there be guidance in the research community that would require researchers to periodically update meta-analysis results, particularly to verify when research has been altered or retracted.

Building construction employer association develops OHS assessment and referral tool

Building construction employer association develops OHS assessment and referral tool




Benjamin C. Amick III, professor and chair of the department of health policy and management at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, has worked with the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) to develop INDICATOR, an assessment and referral tool that will improve job safety in construction. Amick is a senior scientist at IWH, based in Toronto, Canada, and was the principal investigator on the project.

Mentorship program supports junior faculty researchers applying for NIH grants

Mentorship program supports junior faculty researchers applying for NIH grants




The Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) at Stempel College recently graduated its first cohort as part of the Investigator Development Core Pilot Grant Program. Four junior faculty members completed the one-year program that helps support them in achieving their research goals, all of which are related to addressing some of our most persistent and complex national health disparities issues.