Dr. Katherine Bauer has been named a 2016 Future Leader by the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) North America. The award is given annually to two new investigators who demonstrate great leadership potential and propose promising research in the fields of nutrition or food science. This is one of the most important accomplishments a nutritional scientist can achieve in the early stages of their career.
Dr. Bauer is an epidemiologist and University of Michigan SPH assistant professor of nutritional sciences. Her study, “Exploring Nutritional and Metabolomic Pathways Linking Chronic Stress and Childhood Obesity” was selected for the Future Leader award by a panel composed of scientists from universities and industry.
Dr. Bauer’s research focuses on understanding the social and behavioral determinants of youth obesity. She is particularly interested how parenting and other aspects of the family environment influence dietary quality and eating behavior throughout childhood.
“This award is an incredible opportunity to leverage the expertise in pediatrics, nutritional sciences, and metabolomics available at the University of Michigan,” says Dr. Bauer. “I am hopeful that this study will shed new light on why children living in poverty, many of whom experience several severe stressors early in life, are at much greater risk of obesity.”
The International Life Sciences Institute is a nonprofit, scientific research and educational organization established to advance the understanding of scientific issues relating to nutrition and food safety by bringing together scientists from academia, government, industry, and the public sector to solve problems with broad implications for the well-being of the general public.
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