2017: Kristi Crowe-White, PhD, RD
Dr. Kristi Crowe-White, RD is the co-recipient of the 2017 ANDF research award for her project titled "Modulating Oxidative Stress through Antioxidant-Infused Spice Chews: the MOSAIC Study". The purpose of this study will be to evaluate the influence of spiced-infused chews on delivering antioxidants to the oral cavity whereby modulating oral oxidative stress. Sensory preference and psychosocial factors will also be investigated. Dr. Crowe-White is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Alabama. She received her PhD in Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Maine where she held a doctoral fellowship with the National Science Foundation. Her dietetic training was completed at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. A trained food chemist and dietitian, she focuses her research on the impact of bioactive food compounds and functional foods in reducing oxidative and inflammatory stress as mechanisms underpinning cardio-metabolic diseases. Dr. Crowe-White has been funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute and the Office of Dietary Supplements as well as the American Heart Association. As a result of this body of research, she co-authored the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Paper on Functional Foods and was awarded the College’s Excellence in Scholarly Research Award in 2015 as well as the President’s Faculty Research Award from the University of Alabama in 2016.