Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD
Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD Professor and Chair Curriculum Vitae Biosketch
Dr. Mayer-Davis’ research has focused on diabetes prevention and management, diabetes in youth, and diabetes among African-Americans and other minority and underserved populations. Much of her research is centered on the diverse ways in which nutrition can impact the risk of developing both diabetes and of developing complications in either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.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, and also serves as principal investigator for the SEARCH Carolina Site. Recently funded studies address nutritional factors that may improve prognosis for adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Other work involves translational research to develop, implement and evaluate patient-centered interventions designed to improve diabetes self-management and quality of life for individuals living in medically underserved communities.
In 2011, Dr. Mayer-Davis was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. The advisory group, established by the President in June of 2010, is housed within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and reports directly to the Surgeon General.Dr. Mayer-Davis is also an active member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and was recently named vice president of health care and education for the Association. Her past service with the Association 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 health care reform task force.
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