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Work by Previous Students in the Hull Body Composition Laboratory

Alumni mentored by Hull have achieved success in a variety of careers, including faculty positions, clinical dietetics, project management, research coordination. Many have completed their own publications, a few of which are listed below.

Learning about Techniques to Create Healthy Infants Through Nutrition and Proper Growth: The LATCHING Pilot Project
This project, Jennifer Cauble's dissertation, was conducted to understand factors that influence infant feeding decisions such as breastfeeding and introduction of solids and to develop a prenatal behavioral lifestyle intervention to optimize infant and toddler nutrition. The effectiveness of the intervention was evaluated and found to have positive impacts on child feeding practices.

Validity of Anthropometric Equations to Estimate Infant Fat Mass at Birth and Early Infancy
The purpose of this study was to test four fat mass estimation equations for newborns by comparison to fat mass measured by air displacement plethysmography. Hull published this study alongside two of her students: Jennifer Cauble and Mira Dewi.

Programming of Infant Neurodevelopment by maternal Obesity: Potential Role of Maternal Inflammation and Insulin Resistance
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether maternal insulin resistance and inflammation can be associated to fetal neurodevelopment based on fetal heart rate variability. Authors of this study include Hull and her student, Mira Dewi, along with others.

Relationship of Circulating Adipokines to Body Composition in Pregnant Women
The goal of this observational study was to provide insight for the pathophysiological roles of adipokines and the impact of visceral fat in pregnant women. Authors of this study include Hull and her students, Shengqi Li, Marlies Ozias, along with others. Funded by NICHD and NIH.

Abdominal Visceral Adiposity Influences CD4+ T Cell Cytokine Production in Pregnancy
This study measured peripheral CD4+ T cells in healthy pregnant women in their third trimester to determine the correlation between CD4+ T production and visceral fat mass, during pregnancy. This study was published by: Hull, her students, Shengqi Li, and Marlies Ozias and others.

Interested in Participating in a Research Project?

This lab is not currently enrolling any studies to outside participants. However, women 12-20 weeks pregnant may be interested in the Assessment of DHA on Reducing Early Preterm Birth (ADORE) trial.

Participants are eligible to have their children participate in the ADORE GAINS study, a follow-up to ADORE investigating the effect of prenatal DHA supplementation on a baby’s body composition.

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Holly Hull, Ph.D.
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