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Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.

— Edward Sandford Martin

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Published Manuscripts

Randomized Controlled Trial of Exercise for ADHD and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Bustamante, Eduardo Esteban; Davis, Catherine Lucy; Frazier, Stacy Lynn; Rusch, Dana; Fogg, Louis F.; Atkins, Marc S.; Marquez, David Xavier

Purpose: The objective of this study is to test the feasibility and impact of a 10-wk after-school exercise program for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and/or disruptive behavior disorders living in an urban poor community. Conclusions: Although between-group findings on the primary outcome, parent-reported executive function, were null, between-group effect sizes on hyperactivity and visuospatial working memory may reflect adaptations to the specific challenges presented by distinct formats. Both groups demonstrated substantial within-group improvements on clinically relevant outcomes. Findings underscore the importance of programmatic features, such as routines, engaging activities, behavior management strategies, and adult attention, and highlight the potential for after-school programs to benefit children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and disruptive behavior disorder living in urban poverty where health needs are high and services resources few.
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Presenting Abstracts

We had four posters presented from GPI during the ACP Meeting at Chateau Elan, in Braselton, Georgia
October 21-23, 2016

Alanine Aminotransferase levels are Associated with Cardiometabolic Risk Markers in Hispanic/Latino Farmworkers
Anas Raed, Norman K. Pollock, Jigar Bhagatwala, Pamela Cromer, Andrew Mazzoli, Haidong Zhu, Tricia Francisco, Jessica Bilz, Rachel Azevedo, Janice Clarke, Seung Su Lee, Aarthi Murugappan, Vishawajeeth Pasham, Deborah Stewart, Yutong Dong, Ying Huang, Samip J. Parikh, Debbie Layman, and Yanbin Dong

The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of elevated serum ALT levels in Hispanic/Latino farmworkers. In addition, we determined relationships between serum ALT levels and markers of CVD risk.

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Handgrip as a Sex-Specific Index for Cardiometabolic Risk in the Hispanic Farmworker in the SE U.S.
Jessica Bilz, Miriam Cortez-Cooper, Deborah Stewart, Anas Raed, Haidong Zhu, and Yanbin Dong

Hypothesis: We predict that handgrip strength will be an index of cardiometabolic risk in the Hispanic farmworker population, specifically that lower handgrip strength will be correlated to a greater cardiometabolic risk.

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Winning First Place in the ACP Georgia Chapter 2016 Annual Student Poster Competition for Research:

Periodontal Disease, Diabetes, and Vitamin D Levels in Hispanic Farmworkers.
*Rachel Azevedo, Anas Raed, Deborah Stewart, Grace Patterson, Debbie Layman, Haidong Zhu, Christopher Cutler, and  Yanbin Dong

We hypothesized Hispanic farmworkers with periodontitis (PD+), compared to those without periodontitis (PD-), have increased cardiometabolic risk and lower vitamin D levels.

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Effects of Vitamin D Supplementation on Circulating T Cell Profiles Among Vitamin D-Deficient Overweight African Americans: A Randomized Placebo Controlled Trial
Tricia Francisco, Yanbin Dong, Anas Raed, Norman Pollock, Jigar Bhagatwala3, Ying Huang, Deborah Stewart, & Haidong Zhu

This study tested the hypothesis that there is a dose-dependent improvement in the T cell composition over 16 week vitamin D supplementation among overweight and obese, vitamin-D deficient.
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We have two presentations from GPI, both from the LIVEP team. Presentations took place during the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference
 Orlando, FL 10/27-10/30 2016

Sildenafil Improves Muscle Oxygen Extraction During Maximal Exercise in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis
Paula Rodriguez‐Miguelez, Amie Mangieri, Reva Crandall, Kathleen T. McKie, Caralee Forseen, Ryan A. Harris

This study sought to test the hypothesis that sildenafil will improve mO2EX during maximal exercise in patients with CF.
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How To Assess and Interpret Exercise Capacity In The Laboratory
Ryan Harris, PhD, CES, FACSM

"Evaluation of exercise capacity in patients with CF is essential to providing high quality care."
Symposium Abstract

Celebrating Great Accomplishments 

Martha Tingen, PhD was recently selected to be on the Cancer Care Delivery Research Coordinating Committee of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Tingen will be working with this new committee that helps coordinate efforts in Cancer Care Delivery Research across the nation. This research supports the development of cancer clinical trials for minorities and the underserved. 

Restated from the MCG Dean's Diary

GPI in the News Again!

We just can't stop making headlines! The two news articles below were published in the Augusta Chronicle recently. Click on the pictures to see the published story.  
Dr. Norman Pollock (left) talks with participant Abir Abdulbaki about a clinical trial to look at the effectiveness of vitamin K supplements in adults and in normal weight children ages 8 to 17.
Researchers Yanbin Dong (right) and Haidong Zhu of the Georgia Prevention Institute at Augusta University are augmenting the national Vitamin D and Omega 3 Trial, which is known as VITAL

Call for Abstracts and Posters 

The Society of Behavior Medicine - 38th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions. Takes place in San Diego, California March 29th-April 1st, 2017. Rapid Communication Poster Submission will open on November 3rd. 

GPI spending some time with Trick or Treaters!

Dr. Strong-November 2nd
Lynne Mackey-November 18th
Guang Hao-November 19th
Gwen Bulluck-November 19th
Marsha Blackburn-November 23rd
Haidong Zhu-November -28th

Events in November

Election Day - Tuesday, November 8th

Thanksgiving Luncheon - Wednesday, November 16th

Thanksgiving (Office Closed) - Thursday & Friday, November 24 - 25

Please give us your feedback

What would you like to see in upcoming issues of the GPI bulletin? 
Tell us how we can improve. 
James Halbert, MS
 Deborah Stewart, BS
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