Amy Mullins, a nutrition and food science doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology, received the Esther & Del Grosser Scholarship for Student Research from the FSU Institute for Successful Longevity (ISL). Neil Charness, Ph.D., Director of the ISL, announced Mullins as the recipient of the scholarship in March 2022.
You can click here to read more about the scholarship, which provides $1,000 in support of student research. Alongside Professor Bahram Arjmandi, Ph.D., Mullins’ research will investigate the daily consumption of prunes in aging men, aged 55-80 years old, with a focus on cardiovascular benefits. The goal is to identify whether prunes can provide a preventative measure against chronic inflammation in osteopenic (low bone density) aging men and if consumption of prunes can extend protection to improve vascular health.
The scholarship is one of many awards and honors earned by Mullins. She was also awarded FSU’s Dr. Helen Clark Brittin Endowed Scholarship totaling $2,000, and was nominated for the university’s Academic Student Leadership Award and the College of Health and Human Sciences’ Circle of Excellence Award.
Mullins also presented at the American Society for Nutrition’s annual conference in June 2022.
Mullins, A., Ormsbee, L., Akhavan, N., Arjmandi, B. (2022). Study Protocol: Effects of Daily Prune Consumption on Lipid Profile, Inflammation, and Oxidative Stress. Poster abstract. American Society for Nutrition Annual Conference.
Akhavan, N., Clarke, H., Behl, T., Singar, S., Mullins, A., Cheung, S., Berryman, C., Arjmandi, B., Hickner, R. (2022). Study Protocol Abstract: Effects of White Potato Consumption on Measures of Cardiometabolic Health in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Poster abstract. American Society for Nutrition Annual Conference.