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Anita Nucci, PhD, MPH, RD, LD

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director    
Education

Ph.D., Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (1996)

M.P.H., Public Health
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (1992)

Dietetic Internship
Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland, OH (1985)

B.S., Nutrition
Pennsylvania State University (1984)

Biography

Clinical Expertise
Pediatric Nutrition

Research Interests
Type 1 diabetes
Pediatric Intestinal Failure

Selected Publications
Nucci AM
, Virtanen SM, Sorkio S, Bärlund S, Cuthbertson D, Uusitalo U, Lawson ML, Salonen M, Berseth CL, Ormisson A, Lehtonen E, Savilahti E, Becker DJ, Dupré J, Krischer JP, Knip M, Åkerblom HK, The TRIGR Investigators. Regional differences in milk and complementary feeding patterns in infants participating in an international nutritional type 1 diabetes prevention trial. Matern Child Nutr. In Press.

Todd J, McCarroll C, Nucci A. High-Fidelity Patient Simulation Increases Dietetic Students’ Self-Efficacy Prior to Clinical Supervised Practice: A Preliminary Study Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. JNEB. In Press.

Johnson A, Reddy S, Walsh S, Wulkan M, Nucci A, Henes ST. Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care. Bariatr Surg Pract Patient Care. February 2016, ahead of print. doi:10.1089/bari.2015.0039 (refereed)

Nucci AM, Virtanen SM, Becker DJ. Infant Feeding and Timing of Complementary Foods in the Development of Type 1 Diabetes. Curr Diab Rep. 2015 Sep;15(9):62. doi: 10.1007/s11892-015-0628-z

Khan FA, Squires RH, Litman HJ, Balint J, Carter BA, Fisher JG, Horslen SP, Jaksic T, Kocoshis S, Martinez JA, Mercer D, Rhee S, Rudolph JA, Soden J, Sudan, D, Superina RA, Teitelbaum DH, Venick R, Wales PW, Duggan C, Pediatric Intestinal Failure Consortium. Predictors of enteral autonomy in children with intestinal failure: A multicenter cohort study. J Pediatr. 2015;167:29-34.

Rajakumar K, Moore CG, Yabes J, Olabopo F, Haralam MA, Comer D, Bogusz J, Nucci A, Sereika S, Dunbar-Jacob J, Holick MF, Greenspan SL. Effect of vitamin D3 supplementation in black and in white children: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015;100:3183-3192.

Michel H, Olabopo F, Wang L, Nucci A, Greenspan SL, Rajakumar K. Determinants of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations in Infants and Toddlers. Curr Nutr Food Sci. 2015;11:124-130.

Squires RH, Balint J, Horslen S, Wales PW, Soden J, Duggan C, Li R, Belle SH, Pediatric Intestinal Failure Consortium. Race affects outcome among infants with intestinal failure. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014;59:537-543.

Knip M, Akerblom HK, Becker D, Dosch HM, Dupre J, Fraser W, Howard N, Ilonen J, Krischer JP, Kordonouri O, Lawson ML, Palmer JP, Savilahti E, Vaarala O, Virtanen SM, TRIGR Study Group. Hydrolyzed infant formula and early β-cell autoimmunity: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2014;311:2279-2287.

Franciscus M, Nucci A, Bradley B, Suomalainen H, Greenberg E, LaForte D, Kleemola P, Hyytinen M, Salonen M, Martin MJ, Catte D, Catteau J, The TRIGR Investigators. Recruiting and retaining participants for an international type 1 diabetes prevention trial: A coordinator’s perspective. Clin Trials. 2014;11:150-158.

Asfaw M, Mingle J, Hendricks J, Pharis M, Nucci AM. Nutrition management after pediatric solid organ transplantation. Nutr Clin Pract. 2014;29:192-200.

Rajakumar K, Holick MF, Moore CG, Cohen E, Olabopo F, Haralam MA, Bogusz J, Nucci A, Greenspan SL. Impact of seasonal flux on 25-hydroxyvitamin D and bone turnover in pre- and early pubertal youth. Pediatr Int. 2014;56:35-42.

Lehtonen E, Ormisson A, Nucci A, Cuthbertson D, Sorkio S, Hyytinen M, Alahuhta K, Berseth C, Salonen M, Taback S, Franciscus M, Gonzalez-Frutos T, Korhonen T, Lawson ML, Becker DJ, Krischer JP, Knip M, Virtanen SM, The TRIGR Investigators. Use of vitamin D supplements during infancy in an international feeding trial. Public Health Nutr. 2014;17:810-822.

Nucci AM, Russell CS, Luo R, Ganji V, Olabopo F, Hopkins B, Holick MF, Rajakumar K. The effectiveness of a short food frequency questionnaire in determining vitamin D intake in children. Dermato-Endocrinology. 2013;5:205-210.

Nucci AM, Becker DJ, Virtanen SM, Cuthbertson D, Softness B, Huot C, Wasikowa R, Dosch HM, Akerblom HK, Knip M, The TRIGR Study Group. Growth differences between North American and European children at risk for type 1 diabetes. Pediatr Diabetes. 2012;13:419-425.

Selected Presentations

  • Enteral Feeding Strategies and Complications, September 2014, 8th International Pediatric Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation Symposium
  • Primary Prevention of Type 1 Diabetes: A Research Trial, March 2014, Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference and Exhibition
  • Nutritional Management and Outcomes in Pediatric Intestinal Transplant, April 2013, Greater Atlanta Dietetic Association Webinar
  • Nutritional Outcomes in Pediatric Intestinal Transplants, September 2012, 7th International Pediatric Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation Symposium

Funding
Trial to Reduce IDDM in the Genetically at Risk: A Nutritional Primary Prevention
Role: Co-Investigator
National Institutes of Health
Annual funding – $78,819
Dates of Project: July 2015 – June 2016

Trial to Reduce IDDM in the Genetically at Risk: A Nutritional Primary Prevention
Role: Co-Investigator
National Institutes of Health
Annual funding – $77,349
Dates of Project: July 2014 – June 2015

Interprofessional Collaboration of Those with Multiple Chronic Illnesses
Role: Core Faculty
HRSA Advanced Nursing Education
Annual funding – $45,137
Dates of Project: July 2014 – June 2017

Trial to Reduce IDDM in the Genetically at Risk: A Nutritional Primary Prevention
Role: Co-Investigator
National Institutes of Health
Annual funding – $64,092
Dates of Project: July 2013 – June 2014

Trial to Reduce IDDM in the Genetically at Risk: A Nutritional Primary Prevention
Role: Nutrition Coordinator
National Institutes of Health
Annual funding – $24,082
Dates of Project: July 2012 – June 2013

Memberships
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Greater Atlanta Dietetic Association
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.)
Delta Omega National Honor Society in Public Health

Service

  • Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians (2013 – present)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine (2015 – present)
  • Course Director, 9th International Pediatric Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation Symposium (2015 – 2016)
  • Course Director, 8th International Pediatric Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation Symposium (2013 – 2014)

Awards and Honors
Outstanding Researcher/Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2012)