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Head of K-State's department of Human Nutrition to review National Institutes of Health grants

Friday, March 28, 2008

MANHATTAN -- Denis M. Medeiros, professor and head of Kansas State University's department of human nutrition, has been appointed to a prestigious and powerful grant reviewing section of the National Institutes of Health.

Medeiros' selection to the Integrative Nutrition and Metabolic Processes Study Section means he will review grant proposals in human nutrition for potential funding.

"The study section influences where government funds are spent for nutrition research," Medeiros said. "The appointment will allow me to better understand the grant review process. That will help faculty members at K-State."

Medeiros is also associate dean for scholarship and research in K-State's College of Human Ecology.

His chief area of research is with trace elements and disease, specifically on the role of copper in heart disease, and the role that iron plays in bone integrity.

Medeiros has published widely in journals such as American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Journal of Nutrition and Journal of Food Science. He co-authored two textbooks: "Advanced Human Nutrition" and "Nutrition: Real People, Real Choices," an introductory text published this year. He also has written chapters in a number of scientific books.

He is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Nutrition, Experimental Biology and Medicine, Nutrition Research and Biological Trace Element and Research and of K-State's Food Science Institute and food science graduate faculty.

In addition, Medeiros leads Kansas Bridges to the Future. The program works to increase the transfer of underrepresented minority students from Kansas community colleges to K-State in the biomedical sciences.

Source: Denis Medeiros, 785-532-0150, Medeiros@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Jane Marshall, 785-532-1519, jpm2@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Friday, March 28, 2008, and is filed under College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.