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Diet, Body Composition, and Human metabolism

The VNDAC provides a valuable resource for all investigators (within Vanderbilt and at other institutions/organization) who do not have ready access to personnel with the training and expertise in state-of-the-science nutrition methodology for obtaining valid and reliable assessment and analyses of dietary intakes and nutritional status.  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 Diet Recalls
  • Diet Histories
  • Food Records/Diaries
  • Food Frequency Questionnaires
  • Observed Intakes
  • Weighten Intakes

The VNDAC also offers:

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

Please contact us or visit our website for more information.
Director: Heidi J. Silver, Ph.D., R.D. 
(615) 936-1299