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Current Opportunities:

Assessing the Relationship between Low-Calorie Sweetener (LCS) Use and Quality of Life Measures in Individuals with Diabetes

Please indicate your preliminary interest in applying for funding under this RFP by writing to Marie Latulippe at mlatulippe@iafnsconnect.wpengine.com no later than January 9, 2021.

Using LCSs in place of added sugars allows more room in the healthy eating plan for other sources of carbohydrate, such as whole grains, fruit, and vegetables, while potentially satisfying the desire for sweet taste. LCSs in place of added sugars can also help reduce total carbohydrate intake. In turn, LCSs may be a helpful tool in type 1 or type 2 diabetes to manage post-prandial blood glucose levels. QoL is an important aspect in management of diabetes, as reduced QoL can negatively affect diabetes-related outcomes. Effective blood glucose control is also associated with better QoL in children with diabetes, suggesting that decreased QoL may negatively impact successful diabetes management. This knowledge may also be useful to clinicians who field questions about the general utility of LCSs, particularly when there has been increasing public misunderstanding of both their safety and efficacy for various intended outcomes.

Links between one’s eating plan and QoL have been studied previously, but links between use of LCSs within eating plans and QoL have not been studied. A recent systematic review sponsored by the World Health Organization that was designed to investigate the effects of LCS use for people with diabetes included health-related QoL as an outcome measure. However, authors did not identify any data in the peer-reviewed literature that met the inclusion-exclusion criteria specified. Authors concluded that data on this “patient-important outcome” were “scarce or lacking.

For the study under this Request for Proposals, IAFNS is seeking input from applicants on appropriate survey selection as well as design and incorporation of questions about use of LCSs. The objective is to assess the relationship between use of LCSs and health-related Quality of Life (QoL) measures in adults or families with children residing in North America that were diagnosed with diabetes (types 1 or 2) not less than 1 year ago.

Please submit proposals by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 30, 2021 to Marie Latulippe (mlatulippe@iafnsconnect.wpengine.com).

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Projects Funded by IAFNS:

IAFNS's mission is to advance food safety and nutrition science for the benefit of public health. View projects funded by IAFNS below, and learn how we embed scientific integrity into every step of our research process.

Nutrition-Toxicity Interactions in Daphnia pulex: Developing an Alternative Model Organism for Early Life Exposures

As a well-known eco-toxicological model organism, Daphnia pulex may also offer advantages in human health research for assessing long-term effects of early life exposures to coupled stressors. This study will serve as a proof-of-concept for the use of Daphnia pulex as a screening model organism for long-term effects of exposure to multiple stressors in early […]

Future Research Needs Assessment for Fructose/Sugar and Health Outcomes

The aim of this project is to identify research gaps and prioritize research needs related to dietary sugars and potentially related health outcomes. Institution: Tufts University Principal Investigator: Mei Chung, PhD Amount Awarded: $60,911 Year Awarded: 2013 Read more: Research needs and prioritizations for studies linking dietary sugars and potentially related health outcomes Learn more […]

Forging an Understanding of the Double-Edged Iron Sword and Immunity

Upon infection, the host and pathogen compete to acquire, utilize and store essential iron. The goal of this project is to understand how iron nutrition contributes to infectious disease pathogenesis and clinical outcomes. This information can be utilized to determine how to best intervene in regions with high dual burdens of iron deficiency malnutrition and […]

Evaluation of Food-Relevant Chemicals in ToxCast Phase II

The IAFNS Food and Chemical Safety Committee invests in the training and education of future scientists and leaders in the fields of food and chemical safety and food toxicology by supporting a Summer Fellowship Program for doctoral students. This project focused on the Evaluation of Food-Relevant Chemicals in ToxCast Phase II. Institution: Michigan State University […]