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Expert in Energy Metabolism & Regulation, Nutrition Biochemistry

Expert ID: 107777 North Carolina, USA

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MINERAL METABOLISM. Expert (pronounced Chika-Nairins, and prefers Dr. Narins) has expertise in mineral absorption, metabolism, and related interactions. She is particularly interested in the non-hematological functions of iron, the role of zinc in bone metabolism, mineral-vitamin A interactions, absorption of minerals, and the role of minerals in immune response. She is currently studying mineral-vitamin A interactions.

HUMAN GROWTH; INFANT GROWTH. Dr. Narins has conducted extensive research on the patterns of growth during infancy (birth to age 2), the factors that affect growth, and the effect of the early growth pattern on growth in early childhood (ages 2 to 5).

IRON-DEFICIENCY ANEMIA. Dr. Narins' work on growth includes a study of pediatric antecedents of adolescent and adult obesity. Through her work on obesity and iron intake, Dr. Narins has become very interested in the effect that attitudes and beliefs have on intake, including the quantity and type of food.

NUTRITION. Dr. Narins has also conducted research with the elderly to determine the role of nutrition in keeping them healthier, longer. The aspects of elderly nutrition that she is most knowledgeable include trace mineral (zinc) metabolism, energy, taste, drug-nutrient interactions, and attitudes. She is also very knowledgeable of methods of assessing body composition and foodborne disease. She has an excellent grasp of general nutrition.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina - Asheville, North Carolina - Gastonia, North Carolina - Knoxville, Tennessee - Johnson City, Tennessee - Greenville, South Carolina

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1966 Degree: PhD Subject: Nutritional Biochemistry Institution: MIT
Year: 1958 Degree: BS Subject: Physiology Institution: Northwestern University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1998 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Independent Consultant Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1998 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Adjunct Professor Department: Department of Nutrition and Food Science Responsibilities:
Years: 1991 to 1998 Employer: Texas Women's University Title: Professor and Chair Department: Department of Nutrition and Food Science Responsibilities:
Years: 1984 to 1991 Employer: Chicago Medical School Title: Professor Department: Department of Physiology and Biophysics Responsibilities:
Years: 1984 to 1991 Employer: Northern Illinois University Title: Professor Department: Department of Human and Family Resources Responsibilities:
Years: 1980 to 1992 Employer: Curriculum Innovations/General Learning Title: Nutrition Editor Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1977 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Visiting Lecturer Department: Responsibilities:

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Dr. Narins is a member of several professional associations, including the American Institute of Nutrition, the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, the Institute of Food Technology (where she serves as Food Science Communicator), and the AAAS.
Professional Appointments
She is a reviewer for five journals, including Nutrition Research, the Journal of Nutrition, and Food Technology. She was the Visiting Scientist in 1985 for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Bloomfield College, New Jersey.
Publications and Patents Summary
Dr. Narins has authored or co-authored many technical publications, abstracts, book reviews, and materials on nutritional information for non-professionals/employees. She has presented over 175 speeches and lectures to professional and general audiences, with appearances on public radio and television.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French She reads French.

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