Health Research Update



The NPRC’s health research program is investigating the potentially beneficial effects of raspberries across many different health-related conditions. In 2016, the NPRC’s health research program will fund a variety of studies focusing on various areas of research. The following represents a complete breakdown of the budget allocation, categories, and researchers we will be working with.

Diabetes prevention and management: $171,521

  • Jack Losso:       Molecular Mechanisms Underlying the Protective Effects of Red Raspberries Against Insulin Resistance
  • Britt Burton-Freeman: Red Raspberries and Insulin Action
  • Arpita Basu:       Postprandial Metabolism and Type 2 Diabetes

Metabolic Syndrome: $153,383

  • Neil Shay: Defining the Metabolic Benefits of Raspberries and Raspberry Compounds
  • Min Du:       Browning of White Fat to Prevent Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

Inflammation: $67,832

  • Shanil Juma:       Effect of Red Raspberry Juice on Range of Motion, Pain Symptoms, and Cartilage/Inflammatory Markers in Individuals with Symptomatic Knee Osteo-Arthritis
  • Shanil Juma: Bone Protective Effect of Whole Red Raspberries in Postmenopausal Women

Cardiovascular Health: $120,226

  • Ara Kirakoysan:       Cardioprotective Benefits of Red Raspberries
  • Ana Rodrigues-Mateos: Impact of Raspberry Polyphenol Consumption on Vascular Function in Healthy Individuals

Cognitive Function/Motor Skills: $98,640

  • Barbara Shukitt-Hale: The Effects of Raspberries on the Interaction Between Inflammation, Psychomotor, and Cognitive Behavior
  • Amanda Carey:       Effects of Red Raspberry Supplementation on High Fat Diet-Associated Alterations in Behavior, Inflammation, and Brain Plasticity

Bio-availability/Bio-mechanisms/Gut Microbiota: $133,545

  • Meijin Zhu: Dietary Gut Microbiota
  • Giulianna Noratto: Protective Effects of Raspberries Against Diabetes Through Modulation of Gut Microbiota
  • Chris Gill: Raspberry Consumption and Colonic Health
  • Daniele Del Rio: The Protective Effects of Raspberry Polyphenol Metabolites

Post-Harvest: $4,440

  • Shyam Sablani: Ultraviolet Light (UV-C) Treatment for Improving Safety of Red Raspberries