2019 Presentation Title – Blueberries for Attenuating Age-Related Vascular Dysfunction: Evidence and Opportunities
Sarah A. Johnson, PhD, RDN is Assistant Professor and Director of the Functional Foods & Human Health Laboratory in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University. Her research program aims to integrate multiple disciplines including nutrition, food, agricultural, and biomedical sciences to perform translational research studies focused on critically examining the efficacy and mechanisms by which functional foods, namely flavonoid-rich berries, improve cardiovascular disease risk factors and attenuate vascular dysfunction in high-risk aging populations. Current work focuses on clinical efficacy of blueberries and aronia berries to attenuate age-related vascular dysfunction, and underlying mechanisms responsible for clinical efficacy and physiological effects in general.
Dr. Johnson has received honors and awards such as the Emerging Leaders Network Award from the Institute of Food Technologists, the Abbott Nutrition Award in Women’s Health from the Academy, the Junior Faculty Author Award from the Research Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Clinical Emerging Leader Award from the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition. She is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Medicinal Food. She is a Member of the Council on Research and Past Chair of the Evidence-Based Practice Committee with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.