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Jill Norris, MPH, PhD 

Chair, Professor 

Research Interests:
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Nutrition Epidemiology
  • Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes
  • Autoimmunity
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Obesity
  • Infant Diet
  • Celiac Disease
Courses Taught:
  • EPID 6626 Research Methods 
  • EPID 7912:  Developing a Research Grant
Current Research Projects:
  • ACR-REF: Within Our Reach: Autoantibodies, inflammation, and cardiovascular disease in pre-clinical RA (7/1/10-6/30/13, Principal Investigator): The major hypothesis of this study is that in subjects at elevated risk for developing RA, but without current signs or symptoms of the disease, RA-related autoimmunity is associated with increased CVD risk due to increased systemic inflammation.
  • NIH-NIDDK: Nutritional Etiology of Prediabetic Autoimmunity (5/97 - 7/13, Principal Investigator): This study will investigate the relationship between nutritional components of early diet, with a focus on anti-oxidants and vitamins, and the presence of beta-cell autoimmunity in children at risk for IDDM.
  • NIH-NIAMS: RA-related auto antibodies in healthy FDR of RA Patients (7/1/05 - 6/30/12, Principal Investigator):The major goal of this study is to measure the prevalence and risk factors for the appearance of RA-related auto antibodies in high risk adults.
  • NIH-NIDDK: Natural history of pre-diabetic autoimmunity (7/93-6/16, Co-Investigator): The major goal of this project is to identity and prospectively follow a cohort of children aged 0-10 years who are at 12-40 times increased risk of IDDM compared to the general population and to determine the age-specific incidence of islet cell auto antibodies (ICA) development up to age 8.
  • NIH-NIDDK: Genetic and Environmental Causes of Celiac Disease (10/95-9/00, 10/01-3/15, Investigator): The major goal of this project is to identify and follow a cohort of children at risk for celiac disease in order to investigate the environmental and genetic risk factors for developing celiac disease and celiac disease autoimmunity.
  • NIH-NIDDK: The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) (10/01/02 - 4/30/18, Investigator and Co-Chair of the Diet Committee): The major goal of this project is to identify the environmental causes of type 1 diabetes autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes itself.  This site is one of 6 sites around the world that will be following high risk children from birth.  Dr. Norris is chair of the dietary and psychosocial data committee.
  • NIH-NIAID: Understanding Early Events in Lupus Autoimmunity to Aid Prevention. (7/1/12 - 6/30/17), Subcontract PI): The major goal of this project is to identify factors that increase risk of lupus and to identify high-risk individuals for targeted intervention.
  • Colgate University, NY, BA, Biology, 1986
  • University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, MPH, Epidemiology, 1988
  • University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, PhD, Epidemiology, 1990

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