Current Award Recipients

2017 Research DPG Awards


Published Paper First Author

Valisa E. Hedrick
Virginia Tech
Hedrick et al. Dietary quality changes in response to a sugar-sweetened beverage reduction intervention. Results from the Talking Health randomized controlled clinical trial. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2017;105(4):824-833. 


Emerging Investigator First Author Award

Katie C. Hootman
University of Minnesota
Hootman et al. Erythritol is a pentose-phosphate pathway metabolite and associated with adiposity gain in young adults. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2017;114(21):E4233-E4240.


The Sugar Association/Research DPG Pilot Grant Award ($10,000)

Dustin M. Lee
Colorado State University
Project title: Customized probiotics as a novel therapy for obesity-related blood vessel dysfunction.


The Sugar Association/Research DPG Faculty Project Grant Award ($2,000)

Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy
University of South Carolina
Project title: The plant-based and soul-full study (PASS): Partnerships with local vegetarian soul food restaurants in the community to increase dietary acceptability of a plant-based diet.



The Sugar Association/Research DPG Student Project Grant Award ($1,000)

Katherine Arlinghaus
University of Houston
Project title: Hurricane assessment and recovery and virtual evaluation on youth (HARVEY) student.

The Research DPG Student Abstract Award ($500)

Mackenzie J. Ferrante
Colorado State University
Project title: Paving the way for children's vegetable acceptance: Analysis of dark green vegetable content of commercial infant and toddler foods.