Community Nutrition and Wellness
CHST is on a mission to improve the health and wellness of the population at every level – locally, nationally, and globally. To that end, CHST’s multi-faceted research is focused on ways to improve the accessibility of healthy dietary options, along with exploring the most effective ways to communicate not only the importance of nutrition, wellness, and exercise to diverse communities, but also to give them the tools and education necessary to incorporate it into their lifestyle.
By creating new programs, partnering with the No. 1-ranked supermarket chain in the country to form the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, as well as establishing relationships with other key initiatives in the Rochester community such as Foodlink and Need for Tots, CHST’s research is making the community, and the world, a healthier place.
Helping Children in Ghana
International research addresses global health issues like childhood anemia in Ghana is the focus of current research and a study abroad experience for students. Post-doctoral fellow Brenda Abu has developed a program that capitalizes on RIT’s goal of offering more global and experiential learning experience for its undergraduates, and it’s the first global research experience to be offered by the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition.
Robert Osgood, associate professor of biomedical sciences, conducts cutting-edge research on biofilms (self-attached microbial communities attached to living and non-living surfaces), specifically the environmental factors and conditions that influence biofilm development of bacterial pathogens of the oral cavity and ear. What sets this research apart from other universities is that undergraduate students are not only involved in the research, but that they present their findings at various conferences. And numerous students have won first-place awards for their research and presentations doing just that.
Infectious Diseases, Genetics and Immunology
Bolaji Thomas, an associate professor of molecular biology, focuses his current research on infectious diseases, population genetics, and immunology. He has received recognition for his academic and research endeavors from such world-renowned organizations as the American Association of Immunologists, The Wellcome Trust, Marine Biological Laboratories Fellowship, and UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Medicine.
Developing Autism and Neurodiversity Research
The Center for Applied Psychophysiology and Self-regulation teaches effective coping skills to children and young adults with anxiety or autism through role-playing computer games integrated with biofeedback sensors and stress-reduction techniques; and provides research and services through the Parent Effectiveness Program for AutismUp, a Rochester-based organization for family members with autism.