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Mara Z Vitolins , DrPH, MPH, RDN

Vitolins, Mara Z

Division of Public Health Sciences
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Administrative Contact: Claudine Curran

Room Number: VINE, 5107
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157-1063

Telephone: 336-716-2886
Email: mvitolin@wakehealth.edu

B.A. (Psychology), The College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID.
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) (Health Education/Promotion) Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Doctor of Public Health (Preventive Care and Wellness) , Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Registered Dietitian Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist 

Dr. Vitolins is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention in the Division of Public Health Sciences. With a career-spanning interest in using dietary modification in the areas of women’s health, diabetes prevention, and cancer, her research activities are focused on interventions to prevent and control chronic disease. For more than two decades, Dr. Vitolins has been involved in developing large intervention trials focused on lifestyle behavior change, dietary modification and weight loss, including the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the Action for Health in Diabetes Trial (Look AHEAD), and the Systolic Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). In addition to these large multi-center trials, she serves as the principal investigator for several community-based intervention trials utilizing weight loss and lifestyle modification to improve the health of community members at high risk for developing diabetes. The Healthy Living Partnerships to Prevent Diabetes (HELP PD) is a community-based, lay-led translation of the lifestyle intervention delivered in the Diabetes Prevention Program. Latinos Combating Diabetes (La Comunidad), part of the NIH P60-supported Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, is evaluating whether the HELP PD intervention can be further translated to reach Latinos with prediabetes. She currently serves as Co-Director of the Symptom Management and Control program of the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center NCORP Research Base and has served as the principal investigator for studies including the Soy Estrogen Alternative Follow-up study, the Cholesterol Lowering and Soy Supplements (CLASS) study, Women's Health Initiative Follow-Up Study, the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study (clinical site). She also served as a Co- Investigator on the NEW lifestyle grant to educate medical students about the link between obesity and cancer, the Contribution Alpha-methylacyl-CoA-racemase (AMACR) and Phytanic Acid to Prostate Cancer Risk Among African Americans in North Carolina study, and the Dietary Mitigation of Psychosocial Stress Effects on CVD Risk in Female Primates study. Dr. Vitolins also coordinates the Nutrition Epidemiology Research and Applications Program (NERA) in the Division. Her NERA duties include overseeing continuing nutrition education activities for faculty and staff and conducting nutrition research. 


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