SPH student wins prestigious American Society for Nutrition award


Published: June 17, 2019

By Sally Crocker

Noah PeeriCongratulations go to UNTHSC School of Public Health (SPH) PhD – Epidemiology student Noah Peeri, who has been awarded First Place in the American Society for Nutrition’s (ASN’s) highly competitive “Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition,” Neuroscience, Cognitive Function and Chronobiology Group, at the organization’s recent annual conference, Nutrition 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Young investigators from top universities across the country competed for this prestigious award, including Cornell, Johns Hopkins and others.

The theme of this year’s event was “Where the Best in Science and Health Meet.”

More than 3,600 top scientific researchers, practitioners, global and public health professionals, policy makers, advocacy leaders and industry, media and other related professionals attended this year’s event, designed to advance nutrition science and its practical application.

The conference provides an immersive experience bringing together nutrition science and research with programs, presentations, professional development sessions, interactive exhibits, new products and technology, and opportunities for networking.

Peeri worked over the last year with his academic advisor, Menghua Tao, MD, PhD, SPH Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, to study micronutrient intakes in relation to cognitive function in older adults, resulting in his abstract titled “Association of Vitamin D and Magnesium Status with Cognitive Function in Older Adults: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2011 to 2014,” as well as an oral flash presentation for the conference section on “Nutrition Effects on Brain and Cognition.”

Student researchers first competed in specific topic areas related to their abstracts, with the final competition held at the event’s opening reception.

ASN’s Research Interest Sections and Scientific Councils led the judging efforts.