Anna E. Arthur, PhD, MPH, RD

Nutrition Sciences
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Webb Building
OfficePhone: 205.934.4098
Primary Mentor:  Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD
Seconday Mentors:  Laura Rogers, MD and Julie Locher, PhD

Anna Arthur holds a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Michigan State University and an MPH in Nutrition/Dietetics from the Unviersity of Michigan School of Public Health (UM-SPH). She also completed the UM-SPH dietetic internship program and is a Registered Dietitian (RD). In 2013 Dr. Arthur earned her PhD in Nutritional Sciences (subplan in Nutritional Epidemiology) from UM-SPH, becoming the first graduate of the doctoral program in Human Nutrition. Her dissertation research, entitled, "The role of diet in the pathogenesis and prognosis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma", was conducted within the context of the university’s Head and Neck Specialized Program of Research Excellence funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Arthur combines her research training in nutritional and cancer epidemiology and public health with her clinical training as an RD to explore the role of diet in cancer outcomes. Her research focuses particularly on dietary patterns, antioxidants, symptom burden and possible biomarkers of prognosis such as inflammation and DNA methylation. During her time as a Postdoctoral Scholar with the Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program at UAB, she will be developing and testing the feasibility of a post-treatment dietary intervention for head and neck cancer survivors.

Selected Publications:

Arthur AE, Peterson KE, Shen J, Djuric Z, Taylor JMG, Hebert JR, Duffy SA, Peterson LA, Bellile EL, Whitfield JR, Chepeha DB, Schipper MJ, Wolf GT, Rozek LS. Diet and proinflammatory cytokine levels in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer, 2014 Sep 1; 120(17):2704-12.

Arthur AE, Peterson KE, Rozek LS, Taylor JM, Light E, Chepeha DB, Hebert JR, Terrell JE, Wolf GT, Duffy SA. Pretreatment dietary patterns, weight status, and prognosis of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Am J Clin Nutr, 2013 Feb;97(2):360-368.

Colacina JA*, Arthur AE*, Dolinoy DC, Sartor MA, Duffy SA, CHepeha DB, Bradford CR, Walline HM, McHugh JB, D'Silva N, Carey TE, Wolf GT, Taylor JMG, Peterson KE, Rozek LS. Dietary intake is associated with tumor suppressor DNA methylation in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Epignetics, 2012 Aug;7(*):883-91.
*These authors contributed equally to the manuscript

Arthur AE, Duffy SA, Sanchez GI, Gruber SB, Terrell JE, Hebert JR, Light E, Bradford CR, D'Silva NJ, Carey TE, Wolf GT, Peterson KE, Rozek LS. Higher micronutrient intake is associated with human papillomavirus-positive head and neck cancer: a case-only analysis. Nutr Cancer, 2011;63(5):734-42

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