Institute for Aging Research
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Boston, MA 02131
OVERVIEW OF CURRENT ROLE
Kelsey Mangano is Post-Doctoral Fellow in the IFAR Musculoskeletal Center and Harvard Medical School. Trained as a nutritional epidemiologist, Dr. Mangano conducts research to identify dietary patterns and nutritional components that are related to the development of osteoporosis and loss of muscle mass and functional capacity among older adults.
HISTORY AT IFAR AND EXAMPLES OF RESEARCH
Dr. Mangano joined IFAR in September 2012. Since this time, she has submitted a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (Parent F32) to the National Institute of Aging. This grant focuses on the relation between dietary protein food patterns and bone and muscle health in older adults. She has also used the Framingham Osteoporosis Study to examine the association between carbohydrate sources (refined grains, whole grains and sweets) and bone mineral density among older men and women. This abstract was submitted for the American Society of Nutrition, Environmental Biology annual scientific meeting 2013. Dr. Mangano is also an author on an abstract submitted to ASN EB, examining the association of plant and animal proteins with muscle strength among Framingham Osteoporosis Study participants.
Recently, Dr. Mangano submitted one of her dissertation manuscripts to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition titled “Intakes of marine derived omega 3 fatty acids are modestly associated with bone mineral density among older men and women: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey years 2005-2008”. She has three additional first author manuscripts in preparation for publication in multiple nutrition and bone journals.
Dr. Mangano graduated from the University of Connecticut (2007) as a Registered Dietitian and practiced as a clinical dietitian at both the Hospital of Central Connecticut and University of Connecticut Health Center. Her undergraduate research exposure led her to pursue a Masters of Science in Allied Health Sciences from the University of Connecticut (2009) examining current intake of calcium among US adults using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Dr. Mangano obtained a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut (2012) and accepted a competitive post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife under the mentorship of Drs. Marian Hannan and Shivani Sahni.
Dr. Mangano’s future career goal is to lead in the field of nutrition and geriatrics with an independent research career path and tenured professor position. She envisions a research career that will enhance our understanding of the relation between nutrition and bone and muscle metabolism.
Dr. Mangano has a strong teaching background, including Interim Instructor for the course titled Medical Nutrition Therapy II at the University of Connecticut. She also taught a semester abroad at Palazzo Rucellai, Florence Italy teaching the course titled The Mediterranean Diet in Health and Disease to undergraduate nutrition students. In addition, she has accepted invited talks at the University of Connecticut Health Center Medical School and General Clinical Research Center.
Dr. Mangano presents work annually at the national meeting of American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and the American Society of Nutrition annual Environmental Biology Meeting. Dr. Mangano has continued in her dedication to teaching by guest lecturing at Boston University and Tufts University in their graduate Nutrition Epidemiology courses during her current fellowship.
Dr. Mangano plans to build on her current knowledge of the relation between nutrition and musculoskeletal health. Specifically, she is actively pursuing training opportunities, career development workshops and working with the Framingham Osteoporosis Study examining her research questions of interest. Dr. Mangano’s proposed F32 training grant will lay the scientific foundation and provide mentorship for an early career plan for an R01 application involving a randomized clinical trial to intervene and enhance the musculoskeletal health of older adults.