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Catherine Loria, Ph.D., M.S., F.A.H.A., is a nutritional epidemiologist and program director in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Loria co-chairs the NHLBI Obesity Working Group and serves on the five-member Senior Leadership Group of the NIH Obesity Research Task Force. She initiated and leads the Early Adult Reduction of Weight through LifestYle Intervention (EARLY) Trials and the GEI Improved Measures of Diet and Physical Activity Program. Dr. Loria has served as project officer or deputy project officer for the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study for over 10 years. She is a deputy project officer for the Healthy Communities Study.
Her primary research interests are in nutrition and its relation to cardiovascular diseases and risk factors; predictors of weight gain, obesity, and obesity-related lifestyle behaviors; early adult risk factors for the development of cardiovascular diseases, and behavioral interventions aimed at weight loss, maintenance of weight loss, and prevention of weight gain. She also has expertise in dietary assessment methods, particularly in multi-cultural populations.
Prior to joining the NHLBI in 1999, Dr. Loria worked on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 1988 until 1999 at the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before that, Dr. Loria worked at the Pan American Health Organization from 1985 until 1988.
Dr. Loria received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; a Master of Science degree in statistics; and a Master of Arts degree in anthropology from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Dr. Loria is also a Fellow of the American Heart Association (F.A.H.A.).
Areas of expertise: nutrition and its relation to cardiovascular diseases and risk factors; obesity research; and behavioral interventions aimed at weight loss, maintenance of weight loss, and prevention of weight gain.
January 9, 2013
: TIME Healthland
What mice can tell us about obesity and genetics
While our eating habits certainly play a role in how much we weigh, according to NIH-supported research our rodent cousins confirm that some of our risk for obesity is written in our genes.
January 8, 2013
Genes and obesity: Fast food isn't only culprit in expanding waistlines -- DNA is also to blame
In a new NHLBI-supported study, UCLA scientists discovered that body-fat responses to a typical fast-food diet are determined in large part by genetic factors, and they have identified several genes they say may control those responses.