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  • Dr. Bigornia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems at the University of New Hampshire. He uses epidemiological approaches to identify potential nutritional targets to inform therapies and prevention strategies to modify metabolic risk factors and reduce the burden of chronic disease. Areas of interest include dietary risk factors of overweight and obesity, the roles of inflammation and insulin resistance in vascular dysfunction, dietary fat quality in brain related health, and health disparities.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 The Mediterranean Diet and 2-Year Change in Cognitive Function by Status of Type 2 Diabetes and Glycemic Control.Diabetes Care.  42:1372-1379. 2019
    2018 Prospective Associations of Erythrocyte Composition and Dietary Intake of n-3 and n-6 PUFA with Measures of Cognitive Function.Nutrients.  10:1253-1253. 2018
    2017 The Mediterranean Diet Score Is More Strongly Associated with Favorable Cardiometabolic Risk Factors over 2 Years Than Other Diet Quality Indexes in Puerto Rican Adults.Journal of Nutrition.  147:661-669. 2017
    2016 The Omega-3 Index Is Inversely Associated with Depressive Symptoms among Individuals with Elevated Oxidative Stress Biomarkers.Journal of Nutrition.  146:758-766. 2016
    2016 Associations of erythrocyte fatty acid patterns with insulin resistance.American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  103:902-909. 2016
    2016 Nutritional status and feeding practices in gastrointestinal surgery patients at Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam.Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  25:513-520. 2016
    2015 Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and central and total adiposity in older children: a prospective study accounting for dietary reporting errors.Public Health Nutrition.  18:1155-1163. 2015
    2014 Antiangiogenic actions of vascular endothelial growth factor-A165b, an inhibitory isoform of vascular endothelial growth factor-A, in human obesity.Circulation.  130:1072-1080. 2014
    2014 Dairy intakes at age 10 years do not adversely affect risk of excess adiposity at 13 years.Journal of Nutrition.  144:1081-1090. 2014
    2014 The influence of pericardial fat upon left ventricular function in obese females: evidence of a site-specific effect.Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.  16:37. 2014
    2014 Insulin resistance: a key therapeutic target for cardiovascular risk reduction in obese patients?Expert Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism.  9:93-95. 2014
    2013 Insulin status and vascular responses to weight loss in obesity.Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  62:2297-2305. 2013
    2013 Relationships between direct and indirect measures of central and total adiposity in children: what are we measuring?Obesity Research Obesity.  21:2055-2062. 2013
    2012 B lymphocytes in human subcutaneous adipose crown-like structures.Obesity Research Obesity.  20:1372-1378. 2012
    2012 Relation of depot-specific adipose inflammation to insulin resistance in human obesity.Nutrition and Diabetes.  2:e30. 2012
    2012 Arteriolar function in visceral adipose tissue is impaired in human obesity.Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.  32:467-473. 2012
    2011 Reduced adipose tissue inflammation represents an intermediate cardiometabolic phenotype in obesity.Journal of the American College of Cardiology.  58:232-237. 2011
    2011 Decreased AMP-activated protein kinase activity is associated with increased inflammation in visceral adipose tissue and with whole-body insulin resistance in morbidly obese humans.Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.  404:382-387. 2011
    2010 Maladaptive enlargement of the brachial artery in severe obesity is reversed with weight loss.Vascular Medicine.  15:215-222. 2010
    2010 The relationship of ectopic lipid accumulation to cardiac and vascular function in obesity and metabolic syndrome.Obesity Research Obesity.  18:1116-1121. 2010
    2010 Long-term successful weight loss improves vascular endothelial function in severely obese individuals.Obesity Research Obesity.  18:754-759. 2010
    2009 Milk-Based Nutritional Supplements in Conjunction With Lifestyle Intervention in Overweight Adolescents.Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition.  1:37-44. 2009
    2008 Adipose macrophage infiltration is associated with insulin resistance and vascular endothelial dysfunction in obese subjects.Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.  28:1654-1659. 2008
    2008 Relation of cumulative weight burden to vascular endothelial dysfunction in obesity.American Journal of Cardiology.  101:98-101. 2008
    2007 New scanning electron microscopic method for determination of adipocyte size in humans and mice.Obesity Research Obesity.  15:1657-1665. 2007
    Associations between meat consumption and incidence of cardiovascular disease among African American Adults
    Associations of Mediterranean-style diet adherence with circulating sphingolipid patterns
    Foods, nutrients, and diet quality intake and its determinants among adults living in Puerto RicoNutrients
    Prospective associations of circulating sphingolipid patterns with cognitive function
    Prospective associations of meat consumption with cardiometabolic risk factors among African American Adults


    Year Title
    2015 Diet and Obesity: Cause, Consequence, and Prevention 2015

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    2017 Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid erythrocyte composition and 2-year change in body weightFASEB Journal. 2017
    2016 Consumption of Cheese and Nutrient Intake of the US PopulationFASEB Journal. 2016
    2016 Consumption of Salad Dressing and Nutrient Intake of the US PopulationFASEB Journal. 2016
    2016 Dairy Based Desserts are Negatively Associated with Bone Mineral Density among Puerto Rican AdultsFASEB Journal. 2016
    2016 Mediterranean Diet and Changes in Weight among Older Puerto Rican AdultsFASEB Journal. 2016
    2016 Mediterranean-style Dietary Pattern is associated with Hip Bone Mineral Density Among Older Puerto Rican AdultsFASEB Journal. 2016
    2016 Prospective Relations between Red Blood Cell n-6 and n-3 Fatty Acid Composition and Cognitive Function among Older Puerto Rican AdultsFASEB Journal. 2016
    2011 Arteriolar Function in Visceral Adipose Tissue is Impaired in Human ObesityCirculation. 2011
    2011 Relationships Between Direct and Indirect Measures of Central and Total Adiposity in Children Followed From Age 9 to 15 YearsObesity Research Obesity. S219-S219. 2011
    2010 Association Between Insulin Resistance and Macrophage-Mediated Inflammation in Subcutaneous and Visceral Fat Depots in Obese IndividualsObesity Research Obesity. S206-S206. 2010
    2010 Increased Waist Circumference and Triglycerides are Linked to Adipose Tissue Inflammation in Normal Weight IndividualsObesity Research Obesity. S174-S174. 2010
    2009 Reduced Adipose Tissue Inflammation Represents an Intermediate Cardiometabolic Phenotype in ObesityCirculation. S517-S517. 2009
    2009 Decreased AMP-Activated Protein Kinase Activity is Associated with Markers of Inflammation and Infiltration of Immune Cells in Visceral and Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue, and with Whole-Body Insulin Resistance in Obese PatientsObesity Research Obesity. S93-S93. 2009
    2009 Predictors of Successful Weight Loss in an Urban Medically Supervised Weight Management CenterObesity Research Obesity. S123-S123. 2009

    Teaching Activities

  • Nutritional Epidemiology Taught course 2020
  • Nutritional Epidemiology Taught course 2020
  • Nutritional Biochemistry Taught course 2019
  • Nutritional Biochemistry Taught course 2019
  • Nutritional Epidemiology Taught course 2019
  • Nutritional Epidemiology Taught course 2019
  • Nutritional Biochemistry Taught course 2018
  • Nutritional Biochemistry Taught course 2018
  • Nutritional Epidemiology Taught course 2018
  • Nutritional Epidemiology Taught course 2018
  • Full Name

  • Sherman Bigornia
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems

    117 Kendall Hall, 129 Main Street

    Durham, NH  03824

    United States