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Dr. Cheatham's Research on Choline and Infant Development Featured in the October 2018 Issue of SPLASH!

October 2018 - Dr. Cheatham's research on choline and the important role it plays in fetal and infant brain development was featured in the latest issue of SPLASH! Milk Science Update.  This monthly newsletter is published on behalf of the International Milk Genomics Consortium.

To read the article and explore the newletter, click here.


Scientists to Gather in Bar Harbor for the 20th Year of Wild Blueberry Health Research Summit

October 2, 2017 - The research group is credited with two decades of scientific exploration,
including breaking the antioxidant health story, and pioneering today’s phytochemical research.

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Cheatham Named to Education Board

July 27, 2017 - Carol L. Cheatham, PhD, has been selected to join the Education Board at the American Health Council. The council, comprising leaders and contributors from all areas of healthcare, is America’s leading organization in health awareness and advancement. Dr. Cheatham will share her knowledge and expertise on the effects of nutrition on brain development and function.

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Dr. Carol Cheatham: “Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan”

November 9, 2015 - The research in Dr. Carol L. Cheatham’s Nutrition and Cognition lab focuses on effects of nutrition on brain development and function throughout the lifespan. In her work, she is exploring the importance of certain nutrients and foods to the development, maintenance, and lifelong integrity of the hippocampus and frontal brain areas.

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May 30, 2015 (Indonesia) - Innovation Wyeth Nutritions for Supporting Children's Intelligence

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Measuring the Impact of Nutrition on Cognitive Development

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April, 2013 - Human brain development begins at conception. However, the influence of nutrition on brain development begins before conception and continues for many years. Dr. Cheatham reviews the most important nutrients for brain development and discusses their cognitive effects. She outlines the rationale for studying the effects of nutrition on two specific cognitive abilities—memory and speed of processing. Dr. Cheatham argues that the importance of nutrition to cognition in general cannot be overstated because memory is central to learning, and speed of processing underlies all cognitive abilities. She also illustrates behavioral and electrophysiological methods of measuring the effects of nutrition on infant memory and speed of processing and states that nutrition researchers should work with developmental cognitive neuroscientists to use these methodologies to determine the effects of nutrition on brain development. Proper nutrition for fetuses, infants, and children can help ensure that children have a chance to achieve their cognitive potential. 

NRI Scientist Joins International Public Education Campaign

Dr. Cheatham was invited to appear as featured speaker with an international public education campaign. The campaign, sponsored by Abbott Nutrition, makers of Similac infant formula, was designed to establish greater awareness of proper nutrition for pregnant women in Vietnam and Singapore.

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Council for Opportunity in Education's 38th Annual Policy Seminar

March 11-14, 2018 - Dr. Cheatham, along with other TRIO Alumni, attended the COE's 38th Annual Policy Seminar to inform and educate congress members and the Trump administation about the importance and successes of TRIO and GEAR UP.  These consequential programs provide services and support to people from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as low-income families, those with disabilities, and first-generation college students. 

To read more about the 38th Annual Policy Seminar, click here.

To learn about TRIO, click here.

Photo: (Left to Right) John Barrasso (Wyoming Senator), Lori Brown-Wirth (Upward Bound Project Coordinator, Casper, WY), Liz Cheney (Wyoming Congressman), Carol L. Cheatham, Ph.D. (Associate Professor Psychology and Neuroscience, UNC-Chapel Hill), Michael Wade (Associate Director, SEO, WY), Mike Enzi (Wyoming Senator)


Appetite for Life: Feed Your Brain

April 2017- Grant Canipe, Cheatham Lab Ph.D. student, presented at the Nutrition Research Institute's Appetite for Life series in April.  Grant spoke about the importance of nutrition on cognitive aging.

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Kelly Sheppard Awarded Sigma XI Research Grant

July 6, 2015- Kelly Sheppard, a graduate student in Developmental Psychology, is the recipient of the Sigma XI Grants-in-Aid of Research Grant.

The Sima XI Grants-in-Aid of Research Program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of science and engineering.

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New research emphasizes how critical omega-3 fatty acids can be to the cognitive development and functioning of infants, toddlers and young children.

Carol L. Cheatham, Ph.D., developmental cognitive neuroscientist with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute at the NC Research Campus, and her team conducted a study comparing the effects of omega-3s versus omega-6s on children seven to nine years of age.

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2014 National TRIO Achiever's Award

On September 9, 2014 at the Council for Opportunity in Education’s 33rd Annual Conference Gala, Dr. Cheatham was bestowed the 2014 National TRIO Achiever’s Award.

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Kannapolis Foundation focused on getting tech into students’ hands

April 19, 2015

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – #PerfectFit was the theme of Friday’s Kannapolis Education Foundation Breakfast at the North Carolina Research Campus.

NCRC scientist Dr. Carol Cheatham showed a series of screen shots taken during a typical day.

“Almost anything I want to do in science and in my business, I can do on an iPad,” Cheatham said.

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Students design toys for memory research

November 17, 2010 (Kannapolis) - Students at A.L. Brown High School are putting their engineering skills to work, designing toys for Dr. Carol Cheatham’s cognitive development research...

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Alarm at nutritional shortages in women

November 11, 2011 (HCM City) - Micronutrient deficiency among pregnant women in Viet Nam has reached alarming levels and should be addressed urgently...

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