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Faculty Interests

The general research interests of the faculty for the Center for Human Nutrition reflect the nutrition care of the patient population served. These interests include: improvement of nutrition support techniques, and outcomes, utilizing nutrients and pharmaceutical agents to reverse malnutrition, utilizing foods, dietary supplements and pharmaceutical agents for weight management, and interventions to reduce the comorbidities associated with obesity and the metabolic syndrome.

Vanderbilt Diet, Body Composition, and Human Metabolism

The CORE provides a valuable resource for all investigators (within Vanderbilt and at other institutions/organizations) who do not have ready access to personnel with the training and expertise in state-of-the-science  methodology for obtaining valid and realiable assessment and analyses of dietary intakes, nutritional status, body composition and metabolism Services are tailored to meet the specific needs of the investigator and research aims. Investigators pay a “fee-for-service” that covers all costs related to the methods or services chosen. 

The Core provides valid, reliable, appropriate and cost effective methods to investigators to facilitate all types of human research (T1, T2 and T3) and study designs: 


  • 24-hour Dietary Recalls 
  • Diet Histories 
  • Food Records/Diaries    
  • Food Frequency Questionnaires
  • Observed Intakes
  • Weighted Intakes

The VNDAC also offers:

  • Diet, menu and recipe development and analysis
  • Comprehensive assessment of nutritional status and body composition and metabolism.
  • Protocol specific nutrition education and counseling
  • Expert advice on the various methods to utilize in study design and intervantions
  • Training to health care professionals in methods, analysis and interpretation

 Please call or email for further information: 

 Director: Heidi J. Silver, Ph.D., R.D.



The Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition is currently recruiting participants for the following types of research studies:

Please call 615-936-0985 and leave us your contact information (name, work phone, home phone, cell phone or email address).