Lara Dugas obtained her PhD in Exercise Physiology (in June 2004) from the Research Unit for Exercise Science & Sports Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
She completed a post doctoral research assistantship (2005-2006) also at the Research Unit for Exercise Science & Sports Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa investigating total daily energy in black and white South African women.
In May 2011, she obtained her Masters in Clinical Research Methods and Epidemiology from Loyola University Chicago.
In 2007 she came to Loyola as a Research Assistant Professor in The Department of Public Health Sciences and in 2009 she also became the Program Director for Loyola’s Bachelor in Exercise Physiology.
She is currently the project coordinator on a large multi-country NIH funded study, involving the US, South Africa, Ghana, Jamaica and the Seychelles. This study has 2,500 young adults (25-45yrs) been followed for 6 years and is investigating the associations between diet, physical activity and cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type II diabetes and obesity.
She is also a co-investigator on a project researching adolescent & childhood obesity using novel multilevel analyses and simulation.
She is currently involved with several research initiatives addressing the problem of childhood and adolescent obesity through inter-campus collaboration at Loyola University Chicago.
She is also currently involved with the Loyola Sports Medicine Epidemiology Research group, investigating hyponatremia in endurance runners and the prevalence of injuries in young athletes.
In Spring 2012 she will be teaching a class in Obesity Epidemiology for the Loyola Master’s of Public Health program.
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