Mayer-Davis receives ASN’s Excellence in Nutrition Education Award

April 27, 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Mayer Davis

Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis

Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, was honored recently with the American Society for Nutrition’s 2017 Excellence in Nutrition Education Award. Mayer-Davis is Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of nutrition and medicine and chair of the Department of Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

The focus of Mayer-Davis’ career has been on diabetes, including the epidemiology and natural history of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in children and adults. Her research has addressed ways in which nutrition can have an impact upon the risk for developing diabetes – and upon the risk for complications from diabetes.

She is principal investigator for the Carolina site of the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study and severs as national co-chair for this large, multi-center study.

She also is active in the American Diabetes Association and was the association’s 2011 president for health care and education.

“Beth Mayer-Davis is that rare individual who is both an outstanding researcher and a visionary, accomplished educator,” said Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School. “In her role as nutrition professor and chair, she has brought a visionary lens to education – from the bachelor’s to postdoctoral levels, from public health to medicine and from individuals to populations and patients. In a world that has moved beyond interdisciplinary boundaries to convergence, Dr. Mayer-Davis has been a leader in examining and reinventing the way we think about nutrition education to assure that the field is relevant, vibrant and ready for the next decades.”

Mayer-Davis accepted the award on April 23 during the ASN’s Scientific Sessions at Experimental Biology 2017, in Chicago.


Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or


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