Elizabeth Mayer-Davis

The Mayer-Davis research group prepares for a study call.

The Mayer-Davis research group prepares for a study call.

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Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD

Professor and Chair, Nutrition


Dr. Mayer-Davis examines the ways in which nutrition can impact the risk of developing diabetes, and is an expert in the epidemiology and natural history of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in both children and adults. Read More

Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis is the Chair of the Department of Nutrition. She studies the epidemiology and natural history of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and adults. Her work involves translational research to develop, implement and evaluate interventions designed to facilitate improvement in diabetes self-management, metabolic status, and quality of life for individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes who live in medically underserved communities.

Dr. Mayer-Davis is currently the national chairperson of the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study, a multi-center study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and also serves as principal investigator for the SEARCH Carolina Site. Her Flexible Lifestyles study (FL3X), on which she is Co-Principal Investigator, was recently awarded a $7 million dollar grant. At UNC, she is also an active  member of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) and The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (Nc TraCS).

In 2011, Dr. Mayer-Davis was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Dr. Mayer-Davis is also Past-President, health care and education, for the American Diabetes Association. Her past service with ADA includes numerous national appointments, including a term on the board of directors, as well as roles on the publications policy committee, the cardiometabolic risk initiative subcommittee and the healthcare reform task force.

Active Projects

  • FL3X: An Adaptive Intervention to Improve Outcomes for Youth with Type 1 Diabetes
  • Tribal Turning Point Program
  • Emergence of Cardiometabolic Risk Across the Lifecycle in China
  • UNC Center for Diabetes Translation Research to Reduce Health Disparities
  • SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth, Phase 3: Cohort Study – Carolina Center


  • China
  • India
  • United States



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