Research at the Center for Human Nutrition at UT Southwestern Medical Center is focused on preventing the artery-clogging condition of atherosclerosis and its attendant coronary heart disease, stroke, aneurysm, and other critical circulatory problems.
While special nutritional requirements are necessary with various diseases, these diseases have not been adequately defined. The Center collaborates with other centers and departments to determine the nutritional needs and treatment plans for patients with these diseases. Because of these needs, the Center continues to stimulate new investigations within existing programs.
Primary research is carried out with human investigation through studies that identify disease markers, test with special diets and investigate the use of new drugs. Research is also conducted with human samples, which include taking blood, serum, tissues and DNA. These samples are then examined extensively for scientific discovery.
Metabolic syndrome, the metabolic abnormality that results from the interaction of improper nutrition and abnormal genetics, is a central focus of material investigated in the Center. Research includes investigations in human nutrition and programs for improved nutrition education.