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TWU nutrition receives almost $800,000 in state and federal research grants


DENTON — Thanks to almost $800,000 in recent state and federal research grants, faculty in the Texas Woman’s University Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences will conduct even more research on how nutrition affects our health.

“Receiving this funding reflects our commitment to research that impacts the health and wellness of our community,” said Dr. Chandan Prasad, professor and chair of TWU Nutrition and Food Sciences.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently awarded TWU two grants totaling $300,000. Faculty will use one $150,000 grant to study the impact of vitamin A on bone cells, and another $150,000 grant to study how eating blueberries can protect our bones.

The TWU nutrition department also received $460,000 in grants from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). TWU was awarded seven of the eight funded grants under TDA’s Nutrition and Human Health Program, with individual grants ranging from $60,000 to $80,000 each.

Research projects funded by the TDA grants include developing half-frying procedures for processed and fried foods and studying cottonseed oil’s impact on diabetes, osteoarthritis and melanoma.

TWU also received $30,000 from the California Table Grape Commission to study how grapes can improve joint mobility and reduce pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.

For more information, visit www.twu.edu/research.



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