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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:
  • NIH-NIDDK: Nutrigenetics & -genomics of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids in Type 1 Diabetes (9/14-8/19, Principal Investigator): The goal of this study is to elucidate the nutrition epidemiological findings regarding the putative protective effect of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids in type 1 diabetes utilizing metabolomics, epigenetic and gene expression approaches in a nested case-control study in the Diabetes Autoimmunity Study in the Young.
  • NIH-NIDDK: Natural history of pre-diabetic autoimmunity (7/93-6/16, Co-Investigator): The major goal of this project (The Diabetes Autoimmunity Study in the Young, 'DAISY') is to identify 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, 10/01-3/16, Co-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 six sites around the world that will be following high risk children from birth. Dr. Norris is chair of the diet committee.
  • NIH-NIAID: ​Early Targets for Antigen-Specific Tolerance Induction in Preclinical RA (7/2012-6/2017, Co-Investigator): The goal of this project is to identify innate and adaptive immune response modifications that are causally associated with the break in tolerance to c​itrullinated autoantigens and progress to active disease. Dr. Norris is also PI of a funded pilot study (2015-16) to examine omega-3 fatty acids in RA, and PI of a funded sub-study (2014-16) to examine the presence and predictors of of pan-autoimmunity.
  • 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.
Education:
  • 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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