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I-CAN Study

Use of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes to improve dietary assessment for cardiovascular disease prevention


The overall objective of this study is to find out more about whether testing isotope ratios of carbon and nitrogen are valid biomarkers of diet. In this study, we use a novel approach to defining dietary intake to try to find out whether stable isotopes that are measured in blood, hair, and fingernails are better at telling us about what people eat than the survey methods that are currently used.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Anderson

Funded by: American Heart Association

MEASURE Study

Sodium regulation in individuals on known dietary sodium intake


The objective of the MEASURE study is to examine how dietary sodium is used by the body. In a racially diverse sample of adults, we examine the effects of high and low dietary sodium intake on the storage and excretion of sodium and determine whether sodium distribution affects blood pressure. This has implications for how we interpret studies that use urine biomarkers of sodium; and our findings about tissue sodium storage have implications for managing hypertension and related conditions.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Funded by: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 

RESOLVE to Save Lives

An initiative of vital strategies

This initiative involves designing and implementing tailored interventions with the overall goal of saving 100 million lives from cardiovascular disease within the next 30 years. Resolve aims to achieve this goal by focusing on three main objectives: blood pressure control, global dietary sodium intake reduction, and artificial trans-fat elimination. This initiative‚Äôs other main focus is epidemic prevention. The Prevent Epidemics team helps at-risk communities improve epidemic preparedness by offering technical, political, and financial support. Resolve is also currently working with Bloomberg Philanthropies to assist low-income countries and cities with their COVID-19 responses. To learn more about Resolve to Save Lives, visit the website: https://resolvetosavelives.org/


Principal Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Anderson

Funded by: Bloomberg Initiatives, Chan-Zuckerberg Foundation, Gates Foundation

Hawaash Study

Community-based participatory approach to identify factors affecting diet following migration from Africa

This study investigates the nutritional practices of East and North African women who have migrated to the US with the goal of determining whether a dietary intervention involving traditional African herbs and spices could be an effective method of promoting dietary health in African communities in the U.S. To read the full scientific article, click here.

Principal Investigators: Dr. Cheryl Anderson, Dr. Kate Murray
Funded by: Pilot Grant Award, UC San Diego Center of Excellence in Health Disparities and Behavior Change

Hypertension Self-Management in Refugees Living in San Diego

Assessing a protocol of home blood pressure monitoring and the feasibility of self-management of hypertension in Somali, Syrian, and Iraqui refugees living in San Diego

Principal Investigator: Dr. Tala Al-Rousan

Funded by: NIH/NHLBI

Effect of encampment on cognitive function in refugees

Assessing the cognitive function of aging Syrian refugess living in refugee camps and urban settings in Jordan

Principal Investigator: Dr. Tala Al-Rousan

Funded by: Alzheimer's Association & Global Brain Health Institute

Ethnic factors affecting Alzheimer's Disease perception and risk in Arab refugees in San Diego 

Principal Investigator: Dr. Tala Al-Rousan

Funded by: San Diego Alzheimer's Association Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR)

Using a 3D printed Blood Pressure Clip to convert average smart phones into blood pressure monitors

Principal Investigator: Edward Wang
Co-Investigator: Dr. Tala Al-Rousan

Funded by: The Galvanizing Engineering in Medicine (GEM) program

EPIC Study

Effects of the "Glutathione Support for Health (GSH)" Plan on Glutathione Status in Type 2 Diabetes

The overarching objective of the EPIC study is to determine the effectiveness of a food-based intervention on glutathione status and blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ryan Bradley

Funded by: the Krupp Research Endowment at UCSD


Current Research Activities and Funding

Sodium Regulation in Individuals on Known Dietary Sodium Intake

Sep 15, 2018 - Jun 30, 2023
Principal Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Funded by: NIH/NHLBI R01HL140488

Clinician-Community Integration for Well-Being

2017 - 2019
Principal Investigators: Dr. Cheryl Anderson, Dr. Kyung Rhee
Funded by: Pilot Grant Award, UC San Diego Center of Excellence in Health promotion and Equity

The US Ten-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Jul 19, 2019 - Jun 30, 2020
Principal Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Anderson 
Funded by: NIH/NHLBI R13HL149488 

Ten-Day Seminar on Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Stroke Prevention

2019 - 2020
Principal Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Funded by: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute

Ten-Day Seminar on Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Stroke Prevention

2019 - 2020
Principal Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Funded by: Centers for Disease COntrol, NACCDD

Parent training program to improve outcomes in childhood obesity treatment 

2016 - 2021
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kyung Rhee
Co-Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Funded by: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK/NIH)

Effect of Treatment Dose on Childhood Obesity

2016 - 2021
Principal Investigator: Dr. Kelli Boutelle
Co-Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Funded by: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK/NIH)

Glutathione Support for Health

2017-2021
Principal Investigator: Dr. Ryan Bradley
Co-Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Funded by: Krupp Foundation

Effects of Avocado Intake on Nutritional Status of Families, Phase 2 

2020-2021
Principal Investigator: Dr. Matt Allison
Co-Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Funded by: USDA Hass Avocado Board