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November 2018 Newsletter
Thanksgiving Research You Can Use

Expressing Gratitude This Thanksgiving Can Better Your Health 


Family Resiliency Center Director Dr. Barbara Fiese explains the relationship between expressing gratitute and your health in a FORTUNE.COM op-ed.  The article can be found here 

New Appointment Announced

FRC Affiliate and STRONG Kids 2 Co-Director to uBiome Advisory Board


uBiome, the leader in microbial genomics appoints pediatric nutrition expert and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health, Sharon Donovan, PhD, RD to its board of scientific advisors. Donovan will join the board of leading scientists and doctors from around the world and will bring to uBiome her expertise on pediatric nutrition and neonatal intestinal development. The appointment will help uBiome continue its advancement in human microbiome research.  Read more on Dr. Donovan’s appointment here.

Food and Family Research You Can Use

A Greater Role In Nutritional Health


Dr. Barbara Fiese, FRC Director, and FRC researcher, Jessie Jarick Metcalfe's work is highlighted in the APA Monitor on Psychology’s November issue. The article spotlights how both what we eat- and how we eat it- directly influences mental health, according to growing research in the field of culinary medicine.  The article, “A Greater Role in Nutritional Health,” can be found here.

Microbial Changes and Broccoli's Anti-Cancer Power


New research from Family Resiliency Center affiliate, Hannah Holscher, shows microbial changes in the gut may be behind broccoli's anti-cancer power. “There is interest in broccoli and cancer because broccoli has been shown to slow cancer incidence in humans. This study gives us a better understanding of which microbes are creating the metabolites that have been shown to slow cancer in humans, so that we can do additional studies to see if the microbes that are increasing are part of this cancer-fighting mechanism,” Holscher explains. Read more here 

New FRC Podcast

New Breastfeeding Research


This podcast explores factors that influence the likelihood of women breastfeeding at six weeks postpartum, according to a new study. Researchers found more education and support for breastfeeding, increases the likelihood of breastfeeding at six weeks postpartum. The study also found women are not receiving education and information about breastfeeding at the same rates, which could result in health disparities. This research was conducted by Family Resiliency Center Researchers and calls attention to the need to increase breastfeeding education and awareness, especially to at-risk populations. Hosted by: Ryann Monahan, Research Communications Specialist | Featuring: Carolyn Sutter, PhD, Postdoctoral Student, Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The podcast can be found on iTunesSoundCloud, and the FRC website under podcasts.  A feature from the Illinois News Bureau can be found here.

FIRST 1,000 Days Symposium Videos Available

Online Access To Presentations


Presentation videos from the First 1,000 Days Symposium are now available online at . The event was held Sept 4-5, 2018 uniting more than a hundred researchers and community partners studying or contributing to this critical window of development using a cells-to-society framework.

TAP Event For Families

Autism Screenings Offered


The Autism Program (TAP) at the University of Illinois offered free autism screenings at the Family Resiliency Center during a special event this month. Screenings were conducted by graduate students under the supervision of a developmental pediatrician, psychologist, or special educator. During the screenings, parents had their questions answered about their child’s development in order to find out if their child is at increased risk for an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Families then received information about resources and next steps.   No diagnosis were made during this event, but children at increased risk for Autism will be referred for further evaluation.  The event was hosted by TAP in collaboration with the LEND program.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Family Resiliency Center!

We are a food and family lab- where food, family, and science come together. In that spirit, we'd like to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes here !