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Faculty and Staff

Jane Elise Kerstetter, PhD, RD

 

Home Address:                                                         Business Address:
482 East Tarpon Blvd NW                                          Department of Allied Health Sciences, U-1101
Port Charlotte, FL 33952                                            358 Mansfield Rd.
Cell (860) 933-6849                                                    University of Connecticut
Birthdate: August 11, 1956                                         Storrs, CT 06269-2101
Place of Birth: St. Marys, PA                                      
Email: Jane.Kerstetter@uconn.edu                                                                             
                 
                                                             

Professional Experience

Professor
Fall 1988-Fall 2015



 
Department of Allied Health Sciences, joint appointment with Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Tenure & Promotion to Associate granted Spring 1994
Promotion to Full Professor granted Spring 2010
Professor Emeritus, Retired Fall 2015
 
Joint Appointments or Affiliations University of Connecticut Health Center, School of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, Farmington, CT
University of Connecticut, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Storrs, CT

 
Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine Yale University, Department of Medicine, Endocrinology, New Haven, CT
Graduate Research\Teaching Assistant
Sep 1983-May 1988
Sep 1979-Sep 1981

Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA

 
Nutrition Instructor
part-time 1985-1987
Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT

 
Clinical Dietitian
Sep 1981-July 1983
June 1978-Aug 1979

Case Western Reserve University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

 

Education

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (1983-1988). Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dissertation title: Insulin as a regulator of protein-induced hypercalciuria.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA (1979-1981). Master of Science in the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods. Thesis title: Methionine sulfoxide absorption, plasma amino acid ratios and nitrogen balance in young men consuming soy- and milk-based formulas.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN (1978-1979). Dietetic Internship.

Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA (1974-1978). Bachelor of Art in Foods and Nutrition in the Department of Home Ecology. Magna Cum Laude.

Activities and Honors

Memberships - Professional Activities

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (since 1996)

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (1991-2000)

American Institute of Nutrition (Associate since 1990)

American Society for Clinical Nutrition (Associate since 1990)

American Dietetic Association (since 1979)

Connecticut Dietetic Association (since 1983)

Committees
Department of Allied Health Sciences (formerly School of Allied Health Professions)

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, PTR Committee, 2006-2007, Co-chair 2007-2008

Department of Allied Health Sciences search committees (for 3 faculty positions and an administrative assistant, 2006-2008, served as chair for one faculty search)

Department of Allied Health Sciences Graduate Student Admissions, 2006-2009

School of Allied Health Professions

Promotion, Tenure, and Reappointment (1989, 1996-00, elected Chairperson, 1998-99, 2001-02, 2005-2007)

Merit (1992-94, elected Chairperson, 1994)

Faculty Governance (elected Vice Chairperson, 1991-92)

Ad Hoc Committees (PhD 1996-98, 20th Anniversary, 1991, Strategic Directions Committee,1993-94, Computer Committee 1992-95, Research Committee 1994-95, Library Committee 1988)

Curriculum and Courses (1988-93, elected Chairperson, 1990-93, 1997-98)

Other
University of Connecticut Honors Program – Honors Board of Associate Directors

University of Connecticut Senate, and Faculty Standards Subcommittee, elected 2009- current

American Society for Clinical Nutrition, Committee on Clinical Practice Issues in Health and Disease (2003-2004)

University Academic Computing (University of Connecticut, 1990-94)

Honors
Nominee for 2013, 2014 Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching Award, National competitive USDA program.

University of Connecticut, Teaching Fellow Award (2009-2010) (given annually to 2 University Faculty)

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award (2008)

Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Best Review Paper Award for article titles “Nutrition and bone health revisited: A story beyond calcium” (2000-2001)

American Dietetic Association, 2000 Recognition of Service Award (2000)

American Dietetic Association, Ross Award for scholarly activity in the area of women's health (1997)

American Dietetic Association, Honorable Mention for 10th Annual Mary P. Huddleson Award for article titled "Malnutrition in the institutionalized older adult" (1993)

Alpha Eta Allied Health Honor Society, University of Connecticut (1993)

University of Connecticut School of Allied Health Professions Golden Apple Teaching Award (1992, 1993, 1997, 2005)

University of Connecticut School of Allied Health Professions Dean's Leadership Award (1992, 1999)

University of Connecticut Traveler's Center on Aging Outstanding Contributions (1990)

University of Connecticut Dept of Nutritional Sciences L. Matterson Scholar (1987)

University of Connecticut Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (1986)

University of Connecticut Predoctoral Fellowship (1984, 1986)

Mercyhurst College Magna Cum Laude (1978)

Publications - Research and Reviews

Peer Reviewed Full Length Publications
Larocque SC, Kerstetter JE, Cauley JA, Insogna KL, Ensrud K, Lui LY, Allore HG. 
Dietary Protein and Vitamin D Intake and Risk of Falls: A Secondary Analysis of Postmenopausal Women from the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures. .J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr. 2015 Jul-Sep;34(3):305-18.
 
Kerstetter JE, Bihuniak JD, Brindisi J, Sullivan RR, Mangano KM, Larocque S, Kotler BM, Simpson CA, Cusano AM, Gaffney-Stomberg E, Kleppinger A, Reynolds J, Dziura J, Kenny AM, Insogna KL. The Effect of a Whey Protein Supplement on Bone Mass in Older Caucasian Adults.
J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Jun;100(6):2214-22.
 
Bihuniak JD, Sullivan RR, Simpson CA, Caseria DM, Huedo-Medina TB, O'Brien KO, Kerstetter JE, Insogna KL. Supplementing a Low-Protein Diet with Dibasic Amino Acids Increases Urinary Calcium Excretion in Young Women.  J Nutr. 2014;144(3): 282-288.
 
Mangano KM, Sahni S, Kerstetter JE. Dietary protein is beneficial to bone health under conditions of adequate calcium intake: an update on clinical research.  Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2014 Jan;17(1):69-74.
 
Rajan TV, Kerstetter J, Feinn R, Kenny A.  Evidence for low androgenicity among Indian (South Asian) men.  Aging Male. 2014 Mar 17(1) 30-34.
 
Gregorio  L, Brindisi J,  Kleppinger A, Sullivan R, Mangano KM, Bihuniak JD, Kenny AM,  Kerstetter JE, Insogna KI. Adequate dietary protein is associated with better physical performance among post-menopausal women 60-90 years. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 2014;18(2) 155-160.
 
Mangano KM, Kerstetter JE, Kenny AM, Insogna KL, Walsh SJ. An investigation of the association between omega 3 FA and bone mineral density among older adults: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey years 2005-2008.  Osteoporos Int. 2014 Mar 25(3):1033-1041.
 
Mangano KM, Walsh SJ, Kenny AM, Insogna KL, Kerstetter JE. Dietary acid load is associated with lower bone mineral density in men with low intake of dietary calcium. J Bone Miner Res. 2014. Feb 29(2) 500-506.
 
Mangano KM, Hutchins-Wiese HL, Kenny AM, Walsh SJ, Abourizk RH, Bruno RS, Lipcius R, Fall P, Kleppinger A, Kenyon-Pesce L, Prestwood KM, Kerstetter JE.  Soy proteins and isoflavones reduce interleukin-6 but not serum lipids in older women: a randomized controlled trial.  Nutr Res. 2013 Dec 33(12):1026-33.
 
Mangano KM, Sahni S, Kerstetter JE, Kenny AM, Hannan MT.  Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Their Relation with Bone and Muscle Health in Adults. Curr Osteoporos Rep. 2013 Sep 11(3) 203-212.
 
Thomas C, Gaffney-Stomberg E,  Sun B,  O'Brien KO, Kerstetter J, Insogna K.  Increasing dietary protein acutely augments intestinal iron transporter expression and significantly increases iron absorption in
rats. FASEB Journal 2013 June 27(6):1-8.
 
Bihuniak, JD, Simpson CA, Sullivan RR, Caseria DM, Kerstetter JE, Insogna KL, Dietary protein-induced increases in urine calcium are accompanied by similar increases in urine nitrogen and urine urea: a controlled clinical trial. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2013;113:447-51

Kotler BM, Kerstetter JE, Insogna KL. Claudins, dietary milk proteins, and intestinal barrier regulation.  Nutr Rev. 2013 January 71(1):60-5.

Mangano KM, Walsh SJ, Insogna KL, Kenny AM, Kerstetter JE.  Calcium Intake in the United States from Dietary and Supplemental Sources across Adult Age Groups: New Estimates from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2006. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011 May;111(5):687-95.

Kerstetter JE, Kenny AM, Insogna KL. Dietary protein and skeletal health: a review of recent human research. Curr Opin Lipidol. 2011 Feb;22(1):16-20.

Kuruvilla K, Kenny AM, Raisz LG, Kerstetter JE, Feinn RS, Rajan TV. Importance of bone mineral density measurements in evaluating fragility bone fracture risk in Asian Indian men. Osteoporos Int. 2011 Jan;22(1):217-21.

Surdykowski AK, Kenny AM, Insogna KL, Kerstetter JE. Optimizing bone health in older adults: the importance of dietary protein. Aging Health. 2010 Jun 1;6(3):345-357

Wright MJ, Sullivan RR, Gaffney-Stomberg E, Caseria DM, O’Brien KO, Proctor DD, Simpson CA, Kerstetter JK, Insogna KL. (last 2 authors contributed equally) Inhibiting gastric acid production does not affect intestinal calcium absorption in young healthy individuals: a randomized, crossover controlled clinical trial. J Bone Min Res 2010 Oct;25(10):2205-11.

Gaffney-Stomberg E, Sun B, Simpson CA, Gundberg C, Kerstetter JE, Insogna KL. The effect of dietary protein on intestinal calcium absorption in rats. Endocrinology 151: 1071–1078, 2010.

Kenny AM, Mangano KM, Abourizk RA, Bruno RS, Anamani DE, Kleppinger A, Walsh SJ, Prestwood KM, Kerstetter JE. Soy proteins and isoflavones impact bone mineral density in older women; A randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2009 Jul;90(1):234-42.

Gaffney-Stomberg E, Insogna KL, Rodriguez NR, Kerstetter JE. Increasing Dietary Protein Requirements in Elderly People for Optimal Muscle and Bone Health. J Am Geriatrics Soc. 2009; 57:1073-1079.

Wright MJ, Proctor DD, Insogna KL, Kerstetter JE. Proton pump inhibiting drugs, calcium homeostasis and bone health, Nutrition Reviews, 2008;66:103-108.

Goss SL, Lemons KA, Kerstetter JE, Bogner RH. Determination of calcium salt solubility with changes in pH and PCO2, simulating varying gastrointestinal environments. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 2007;59:1485-1492.

Kerstetter JE, Gaffney ED, O’Brien KO, Caseria DM, Insogna KL. Dietary protein increases intestinal calcium absorption and improves bone balance: An hypothesis. International Congress Series, 2007;1297:204-216.

Kerstetter JE, Wall DE, O’Brien KO, Caseria CM, Insogna KL. Meat and soy protein affect calcium homeostasis in healthy women. J Nutrition, 2006;136:1890-1895.

Busque SM, Kerstetter JE, Geibel JP, Insogna K. L-Type amino acids stimulate gastric acid secretion by activation of the calcium-sensing receptor in parietal cells. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2005 Oct;289(4):G664-9.

Kerstetter JE, O’Brien KO, Caseria DM, Wall, DE, Insogna KL. The impact of dietary protein on calcium absorption and kinetic measures of bone turnover in women. J Clin Endo Metab, 2005;90:26-31.

Affenito S, Lambert-Lagace, L, Kerstetter JE, Denmark-Wahnefried W. Position of the American Dietetic Association: Nutrition and Women’s Health. J Am Diet Assoc. 2004;104:984-1001.

Kerstetter JE, O’Brien KO, Insogna KL. High protein diets, calcium economy, and bone health. Top Clin Nutr 2004; 19:56-66.

Kerstetter JE, O’Brien KO, Insogna KL. Dietary protein, calcium metabolism and skeletal homeostasis revisited. Am J Clin Nutr, 2003;584S-592S.

Kerstetter JE, O’Brien KO, Insogna KL. Low protein intake: the impact on calcium and bone homeostasis in humans. J Nutr. 2003;133:855S-861S.

Ilich, JZ, Kerstetter, JE. Nutrition and bone health revisited: A story beyond calcium. J Am Col Nutr. 2000;19: 715-737.

Kerstetter JE, Svastisalee CM, Mitnick ME, Caseria DM, Insogna KL. A threshold for low-protein-diet-induced elevations in parathyroid hormone. Am J Clin Nutr. 2000;72:168-173.

Kerstetter JE, Looker AC, Insogna KL. Low protein intake and low bone density (Letter to the Editor). Calcified Tissue International. 2000;66:313.

Kerstetter JE, Caseria DM, Mitnick NE, Ellison AF, Liskov TAP, Carpenter TO, Gundberg, CM, Insogna KL. Bone turnover in response to dietary protein intake. J Clin Endo & Metab. 1999;84:1052-1055.

Affenito S, Kerstetter JE. Position Paper on Women’s Health. J Am Diet Assoc. 1999;99:93-106.

Kerstetter JE, O’Brien KO, Insogna KL Dietary protein affects intestinal calcium absorption. Am J Clin Nutr. 1998;68:859-65.

Kerstetter JE, Caseria DM, Mitnick ME, Ellison AF, Gay LF, Liskov TAP, Carpenter TO, Insogna KL. Increased circulating levels of parathyroid hormone in healthy young women consuming a protein-restricted diet. Am J Clin Nutr. 1997;66:1188-96.

Kerstetter JE, Insogna KL. Do dairy products improve bone mineral density in adolescent girls? Nutr Rev. 1995;53:328-32.

Kerstetter JE, Allen LH. Protein intake and calcium homeostasis. Advances in Nutritional Research. 1994; 9:167-81.

Kerstetter JE, Holthausen BA, Fitz PA. Nutrition and nutrition requirements for the older adult. Dysphagia 1993;8:51-8.

Kerstetter JE, Holthausen BA, Fitz PA. Malnutrition in the institutionalized older adult. J Am Diet Assoc. 1992;92:1109-16.

Kerstetter JE, Caballero B, O'Brien K, Wurtman R, Allen LH. Mineral homeostasis in obesity: effects of euglycemic hyperinsulinemia. Metabolism; Clinical and Experimental. 1991;40:707-13.

Kerstetter JE, Allen LH. Protein increases urinary loss of calcium. J Nutr. 1990;120:134-6.

Peer Reviewed Short Publications

Kerstetter JE . Dietary protein and bone: a new approach to an old question. Am J Clin Nutr 2009;90:1451-2.

Kerstetter JE, O’Brien KO, Insogna, KL Dietary protein and intestinal calcium absorption, Letter to the Editor, Am J Clin Nutr. 2001;73:990-991.

Kerstetter JE, Insogna KL. Effects of dairy products on body composition, bone mineralization, and weight in adolescent girls. Letter to the Editor, Nutr Rev. 1996;54:66.

Kerstetter JE, Allen LH. Reply to the Letter of Spencer & Kramer. J Nutr. 1991;121:152.

Books or Book Chapters
O’Brien KO, Kerstetter JE, Insogna KL.  Phosphorus.  In: Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease 11th Edition, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, In press. 2013
 
Surdykowski AK, Kenny AM, Insogna KL, Kerstetter JE .  Chapter 15:  Protein.  In Diet, Nutrition, and Bone Health. JJ Anderson, SC Ganer, PJ Klemmer. Editors, CRC Press, 2012. Pg 223-257.

Allen LH, Kerstetter JE. Calcium, Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, 2nd edition, B. Caballero, L. Allen and A. Prentice, eds, Elsevier Press, Oxford, August 2005, pg 253-259.

Kerstetter JE, Insogna, KL. Dietary Protein, Calcium and Bone Metabolism: Time to Revisit. Vegetarian Nutrition Update, Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a practice group of the American Dietetic Association, Spring 2001, Volume X, Number 3, 1-12.

Ilich JZ, Kerstetter JE. Nutrition and Bone Health. In: Management of Fractures in Severely Osteoporotic Bone: Orthopaedic and Pharmacological Strategies. Ed, Obrant K., Springer-Verlag, London, 2000:362-382.

Kerstetter JE et al. "Facts and myths about vitamins and minerals" Chapter 31, In: The Yale Guide to Children's Nutrition. WV Tamborlane Ed. Yale University Press, 1997; 229-39.

Kerstetter JE. Osteoporosis and Nutrition. In: Sports Nutrition, A guide for the professional working with active people. Second Edition, D Benardot, Editor, Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists (SCAN), An American Dietetic Association Publication 1993;148-52.

Publications - Abstracts

Erin Gaffney-Stomberg, Carrie Cucchi, Ben-hua Sun, Amy Bataille, Larry Renfro, Jane Kerstetter, and Karl Insogna. Dietary protein increases intestinal calcium absorption in part by increasing tight junction expression of Claudin-2. FASEB J March 17, 2011 25:983.30
 
Kelsey McKee Mangano, Stephen J Walsh, Karl L Insogna, Anne M Kenny, and Jane E Kerstetter
Calcium intake in the United States from dietary and supplemental sources across adult age groups: new estimates from NHANES 2003-2006. FASEB J March 17, 2011 25:993.1
 
Jessica Dauz Bihuniak, Christine A Simpson, Rebecca R Sullivan, Jane E Kerstetter, and Karl L Insogna. Using urinary nitrogen and urea to predict dietary protein intake: a controlled clinical trial
FASEB J March 17, 2011 25:600.3

A high protein diet induces intestinal iron transporter expression and improves iron absorption in rats. CE Cucchi, E Gaffney-Stomberg, BH Sun, JE Kerstetter, KL Insogna FASEB J. 2010 24:229.1.

CE Cucchi, E Gaffney-Stomberg, BH Sun, JE Kerstetter, KL Insogna.   A high protein diet induces intestinal iron transporter expression and improves iron absorption in rats.  FASEB J. 2010 24:229.1

Mangano KM, Walsh SJ, Kerstetter JE. Calcium intake in the US from dietary and supplemental sources: new estimates from NHANES. Soc Bone Min Res, 2009:24:In Press.

Gaffney-Stomberg E, Cucchi C, Sun BH, Simpson C, Kerstetter J, Insogna K. High Protein Intake Increases Duodenal Transcellular Calcium Absorption in Rats. Soc Bone Min Res, 2009:24:In Press.

Mangano K, Kenny A, Abourizk R, Bruno R, Anamani D, Lipcius R, Lynch S, Fall P, Kleppinger A, Pesce LK, Walsh S, Dauser D, Prestwood K, Kerstetter J. Evaluating the effect of soy and isoflavones on bone mineral density in older women; A randomized controlled trial. Am Soc Bone Min Res, 2008:23:M353 (pg S462).

Gaffney-Stomberg E, Sun BH, Simpson CA, Gundberg C, Kerstetter JE, Insogna KL. A rodent model to evaluate the effect of dietary protein on intestinal calcium absorption. Am Soc Bone Min Res, 2008:23:M330 (pg S456).

Gaffney E, Simpson C, Insogna KI, Kerstetter JE. A rodent model to evaluate the effect of dietary protein on intestinal calcium absorption. 6th International Symposium on Nutritional Aspects of Osteoporosis. Lausanne, Switzerland, May 4-6, 2006;P65.

Kerstetter JE, Raphael RH, Gaffney ED, Caseria DM, Insogna KL. Dietary calcium acutely impacts parathyroid hormone and urinary calcium in young women. Am Soc Bone Min Res, 2006;21:M332.

Busque S, Kerstetter J, Geibel J, Insogna K. The cellular mechanism for dietary protein-induced increases in calcium absorption. Am Soc Bone Min Res, 2004;19:1156.

Kerstetter JE, Raphael RH, O’Brien KO, Caseria DM, Wall DE, Insogna KL. High protein diets acutely increase intestinal calcium absorption. FASEB, 2004:573.1.

Kerstetter JE, Raphael RH, O’Brien KO, Caseria DM, Wall DE, Insogna KL. High protein diets acutely increase intestinal calcium absorption but not kinetic measures of bone resorption. Am Soc Bone Min Res, 2003:18:F322 (pg S87).

Raphael RH, Kerstetter JE, Svastisalee CM, O’Brien KO, Wall DE, Mitnick ME, Caseria DM, Insogna KL. Comparative effects of omnivore and vegan proteins on calcium homeostasis. Am Soc Bone Min Res, 2002:17:S470.

Raphael RH, Kerstetter JE, Svastisalee CM, O’Brien KO, Wall DE, Mitnick ME, Caseria DM, Insogna KL. Calcium homeostasis in vegan protein diets compared to omnivore diets. J Am Diet Association, 2002;102:A-77.

Abourizk R, Shemenski E, Monette A, Zimmerli A, Prestwood K, Kenny A, Kerstetter J. Calcium supplement use in healthy older men and women. J Am Diet Association, 2002;102:A-73.

Kerstetter JE, Svastisalee CM, Raphael RH, Wall DE, Mitnick ME, Caseria DM, Insogna KL. Vegan protein impacts calcium metabolism differently than omnivorous proteins. 4th International Congress of Vegetarian Nutrition, Loma Linda University, San Bernardino, CA, 2002:52.

Kerstetter JE, Svastisalee CM, Mitnick ME, Caseria DM, Insogna KL. Dietary protein-induced changes in mineral metabolism are not influenced by age or sex. Am Soc Bone Min Res 2000:S423.

Kerstetter JE, Svastisalee CM, Mitnick ME,. Caseria DM, Insogna KL. Threshold for low-protein diet induced secondary hyperparathyroidism. J Bone Miner Res 1999;14:S392.

Kerstetter J, O’Brien KO, Insogna KL. Dietary protein alters true calcium absorption. J Bone Min Res 1997;12:S228.

Kerstetter J, O’Brien KO, Insogna KL. Dietary protein influences intestinal calcium absorption. Am Soc for Clin Nutr 37th Annual Meeting Program, 1997;32.

Kerstetter J, Caseria D, Mitnick M, Ellison A, Gay L, Liskov T, Insogna K. A low-normal protein diet induces secondary hyperparathyroidism in women. FASEB J 1996,10:A467.

Kerstetter J, O’Brien K, Mitnick M, Gundberg C, Insogna K. Increasing dietary protein increases markers of bone turnover in young women. J Bone Min Res 1996;11:S325.

Caseria D, Gay L, Liskov T, Kerstetter J, Insogna K. Designing an outpatient research diet to enhance dietary compliance. J Am Diet Assoc 1996;96:A76.

Miller SL, Markley EJ, Kerstetter JE, Maresh CM, Armstrong LE, Ebbeling C, Rodriguez N. Metabolic response to an oral glucose tolerance test following short term exercise in sedentary women. FASEB J, 1994.

Miller SL, Markley EJ, Kerstetter JE, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. The effects of short-term exercise on serum lipoproteins and triglycerides in sedentary women. FASEB J 1993;7:A610.

Rovelli SW, Kerstetter JE, Markley EJ, Starr L, Armstrong LE, Maresh CM. Moderate exercise, glucose consumption, and mineral homeostasis in untrained young women. FASEB J 1993;7:A87.

Kerstetter JE, Vigneau L, Pelegano JF, Lazar AM, Adams ND, Rowe JC. Nutritional predictors of urinary calcium in premature infants receiving total parenteral nutrition. Am J Clin Nutr 32 Annual Meeting Program, 1992;64A.

Huyck NI, Markley EJ, Kerstetter JE. Enhancing dietetic practice by integrating research into the dietetics curriculum. J Am Diet Assoc 1992;92:A-122.

Kirkiles NC, Kerstetter JE, Markley EM, Maresh CM, Armstrong LE, Furr HC. Short-term exercise training effects on plasma carotenoid levels in women. FASEB J 1992;6:A1646.

Kerstetter JE, Coble DA. Serum total cholesterol levels from work site employees. J Am Diet Assoc 1990;90:A123.

O'Brien KO, Kerstetter JE, Caballero B, Wurtman RJ, Allen LH. The effects of insulin infusion and obesity on serum levels of vitamin D in humans. FASEB J 1989;3:A775.

Kerstetter JE, Blake K, Caballero B, Allen LH. Insulin affects the urinary excretion of calcium and phosphorus. Fed Proc 1987;46:888.

Gollaher CJ, Kerstetter JE, Allen LH. Insulin's effects on calcium transport through renal cellular compartments. Fed Proc 1985;44:1148.

Holl M, Kerstetter JE, Allen LH. Comparative effects on urinary calcium of feeding sucrose, starch and protein. Fed Proc 1985;44:1148.

University of Connecticut Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Abstracts
Year Student Authors Abstract Title
2000 Courtney Gaine Predictors of Stress Fractures in Collegiate Female Athletes
2002 Alison Monette, Elaine Shemenski Dietary Supplement Use in Healthy Older Women
2003 Stephanie Busque Acute Changes in Calcium Homeostatis in Response to a High Protein Diet in Humans
2003 Lauren Graf Vitamin D Intake and Status in Healthy Older Adults
2005 Jennifer Bonczak Factors that Motivate Older Adults to Participate in Research Studies
2006 Lynn Arthur, Joshua Spieker The Long-term Impact of Soy Protein and isoflavones on Cardiovascular and Bone Health in Older Women
2006 Matthew Wright Comparison of Soy versus Meat Protein on Calcium and Bone Homeostasis in Humans
2006 Rachel Harris Does Cachexia Limit Bone Mineral Accrual in Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease? A Prospective Study
2007 Kelsey Mangano, Jessica Dauz Acute Effects of Dietary Phytic Acid from Soy on Intestinal Calcium Absorption in Women
2008 Jessica Altland The short-term clinical benefit of a gluten free diet on celiac disease and type 1 diabetes health in asymptomatic children
2008 Carrie Cucchi Associations Between Dietary Protein and Bone Density as Measured by Quantitative Computed Tomography
2009 Yurany Echeverri, John Andreo Soy isoflavones and their subsequent production of equol do little to prevent bone loss in postmenopausal women
2009 Sarah Brown, Mariam Alavi The Relationship Between Dietary Protein and Markers of Bone Turnover and Bone Mineral Density in Postmenopausal Women
2010 Natalie Hopkins, Belinda Kotler Vitamin D Status Among Frail, Community-dwelling, Postmenopausal Women
2010 Melanie Whitley, Lauren Herrick Dietary calcium, serum PTH and vitamin D in a group of frail older women evaluated in a cross sectional study

Proposal History

Proposals Funded
Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station (SAES), College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut, 2014-2019. 50,000.  Mediterranean diet and health outcomes: an ongoing meta-analytic project.
 
University of Connecticut eCampus Online Course Initiative 2012-2013, $5,000 awarded to develop an online version of AH 2330 Italy’s Mediterranean Foods and our Health.
 
The effect of amino acids on claudin-2: an integral tight junction protein.  $9,940, UCONN Faculty Large Grant Competition, Jane Kerstetter PI, July 2011 – June 2012. 

Exploring the mechanisms of dietary protein-induced increases in intestinal iron absorption. Jane Kerstetter, PI $14,137, Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station, HATCH Funding, PROJECT PERIOD: 10/1/2010-9/30/2013.

Mechanisms of dietary protein-induced changes in calcium absorption efficiency. $500,000 Direct + Indirect cost, United States Department of Agriculture, PI: Karl Insogna, MD Co-Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, PhD, Kimberly O’Brien, PhD, December 2009 – November 2013. UCONN Subcontract to Yale University for $149,652 DC + IDC. Grant scored third out of 80 applications.

Genes and Environment: Copper and Ascorbate in Frail Elderly Men. UCHC/Storrs & Regional Campus Incentive (UCIG) Grant Competition. Betty Eipper (PI), Co-Investigators: Anne Kenny, Jane Kerstetter, Jonathan Covalt, Richard Mains, $50,000, 2009-2010.

Exploring the mechanisms of dietary protein-induced increases in intestinal calcium absorption. Jane Kerstetter, PI, $63,000 (DC + IDC). America's Beef Producers, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, 2007-2009.

Exploring the mechanisms of dietary protein-induced increases in intestinal calcium absorption. Jane Kerstetter, PI, Storrs Agricultural Experiment Station, HATCH Funding, October 1, 2007-September 30, 2010. $14,776.

Impact of a protein supplement on bone mass in older women. 4 year, 2 million DC + IDC, NIH RO1, PI: Karl Insogna, MD (Yale), Co-Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, PhD (UCONN), Anne Kenny, MD (UCHC), October 2006 - September 2010. UCONN Subcontract to Yale University for $378,777 DC + IDC.

Dietary protein affects intestinal calcium absorption: consequences and mechanism. $490,000 Direct + Indirect cost, United States Department of Agriculture, PI: Karl Insogna, MD (Yale), Co-Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, PhD (UCONN), Kimberly O’Brien, PhD (Cornell), December 2005 – November 2009. UCONN Subcontract to Yale University for $70,049 DC + IDC.

Bionutrition-Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) Research Competition at the University of Connecticut Health Center. CoPIs: Jane Kerstetter, PhD, Herbert Bonkovsky, MD, $500,000 DC, Donaghue Foundation, West Hartford CT, December 2005 – November 2010. (Note this 500K is used to fund new and novel human nutrition research projects through the establishment of an internal grant competition).

Dietary Protein Affects Intestinal Calcium Absorption: A Mechanistic Approach. $9,996, UCONN Faculty Large Grant Competition, Jane Kerstetter PI, May 2004 – April 2006.

The Role of Gastric pH in Calcium Absorption, University of Connecticut Research Foundation, $19,000. CoPIs: Jane Kerstetter, Robin Bogner, January 2003 – December 2005.

The Patrick & Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation, Research in Clinical and Community Health Issues, $200,000 Direct + Indirect costs. Dietary protein and calcium metabolism, PI: Karl Insogna (Yale), Co-Investigators: Jane Kerstetter (UCONN), Kimberly O’Brien (Hopkins), January 2003 – December 2005. No UCONN Subcontract to Yale University.

The effect of soy protein and isoflavones on bone in older women. $250,000 Direct + Indirect cost, United States Department of Agriculture, PI: Karen Prestwood, MD (UCHC), Co-Investigator: Jane Kerstetter, PhD (UCONN), November 2001 – October 2005. UCONN Subcontract to UCHC for $67,00 DC + IDC.

Dietary protein affects calcium and bone metabolism. $140,000 Direct + Indirect cost, United States Department of Agriculture, PI: Karl Insogna, MD (Yale), Co-Investigator Jane Kerstetter, PhD (UCONN), October 2000 – August 2004. UCONN Subcontract to Yale University for $57,182 DC + IDC.

Impact of vegetable protein on bone and calcium metabolism. $50,000 Direct, Ethyl F. Donaghue Women’s Health Investigator Program, Yale University, PI: Karl Insogna, MD (Yale) Co-Investigator: Jane Kerstetter, PhD, June 1999 – May 2001. No UCONN Subcontract to Yale University.

Impact of dietary protein on calcium kinetics. $660,000 Direct + Indirect cost, National Institutes of Health, RO1, PI: Karl Insogna, MD (Yale), Co-Investigator Jane Kerstetter PhD (UCONN), September 1998 – August 2002. UCONN Subcontract to Yale University for $21,246 DC + IDC

Characterization of low protein induced secondary hyperparathyroidism. $191,000 Direct + Indirect cost, United States Department of Agriculture, PI: Karl Insogna, MD (Yale), Co-Investigator Jane Kerstetter, PhD (UCONN), October 1997 – September 2000. UCONN Subcontract to Yale University for $60,250 DC + IDC.

Calcium glycerolphosphate, urinary pH and micturition. AkPharma Inc. Pleasantville, NJ, 1 year study, CoPIs: Jane Kerstetter, Robin Bogner, $3,640 Direct + Indirect cost, 1997-1998.

Impact of dietary protein on intestinal calcium absorption. University of Connecticut Research Foundation, PI: Kerstetter $8,000. 1996-1998.

Impact of dietary protein on bone-turnover. $206,000 Direct + Indirect Cost, United States Department of Agriculture, PI: Karl Insogna, MD (Yale), Co-Investigator: Jane Kerstetter, PhD (UCONN) 1994-1997.

Effect of decreased physical activity and increased caloric consumption on reproductive, metabolic, and stress hormones in athletic young women. University of Connecticut Research Foundation, PI: Kerstetter $20,288, 1993 - 1995.

University of Connecticut Research Foundation, $4,192. Annual Equipment Competition. Revco Elite Ultra-low Freezer, 1991.

Compnutrition Software, $20,000. Co-recipient. Nutrient analysis, food service management software. Chatsworth, CA. Awarded July, 1990.

Effect of dietary calcium on bone mineral density in older men. National Dairy Council, $242,000. PI: Dalsky (UCHC), Co-investigator: Kerstetter (UCHC). Awarded December, 1989.

University of Connecticut Research Foundation, $5,705. Principal investigator. The effect of body size and exercise on serum insulin and urinary calcium in young women. Awarded December, 1989.

University of Connecticut Research Foundation, $3,920. Principal investigator. Protein-induced hypercalciuria in the low birthweight infant. Does it exist and is it important? Awarded June, 1989.

Proposals Unfunded

Mechanisms of dietary protein-induced changes in calcium absorption efficiency. $500,000 Direct + Indirect cost, United States Department of Agriculture, Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, PhD, Karl Insogna, MD, Kimberly O’Brien, PhD, December 2008 – November 2012.

NIH R21, Intestinal calcium precipitation as a mechanism of impaired absorption, Investigators: Robin Bogner, PhD, Jane Kerstetter, PhD, Anne Kenny, MD, Submitted June, 2005.

Dietary protein affects intestinal calcium absorption: consequences and mechanism. 3 year, $490,000 Direct + Indirect cost, United States Department of Agriculture, Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, PhD, Karl Insogna, MD, Kimberly O’Brien, Submitted January, 2004.

ImmQ and Prevention of Cancer in Older Patients, 3 year study, $1,200,000 Direct + Indirect cost, R01, NIH, Investigators: Jane E. Kerstetter, PhD, Janet McElhaney, MD, Submitted February 2004.

A Bionutrition Core for The University of Connecticut Health Center's General Clinical Research Center. 4 year, $300,000, University of Connecticut Provosts Grant Competition, Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, PhD, RD, Herbert Bonkovsky, MD, Letter of Intent, Submitted May 2004.

Low protein diet affects calcium homeostasis, 4 year study, $1,200,000 Direct + Indirect cost, R01, NIH, Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, PhD, Karl Insogna, MD, Submitted November 2003.

Impact of soy protein on calcium and bone homeostasis, 2 year study, $393,000 Direct + Indirect cost, R21, NIH, NCCAM, Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, PhD, Karl Insogna, MD, Submitted May 2003.

Soy protein effects calcium and bone metabolism. 3 year, $300,000 Direct + Indirect cost, United States Department of Agriculture, Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, PhD, Karl Insogna, MD, Kimberly O’Brien, Submitted October 2002.

Role of gastric pH in calcium absorption, Donaghue Research in Clinical and Community Health Issues, $200,000, Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, Robin Bogner, 2 year study, Submitted 2002.

Donaghue Investigator Program for Health Related Research in Connecticut. $500,000. Dietary protein and calcium homeostasis, PI: Kerstetter, Submitted January, 2002.

Impact of dietary protein on calcium kinetics. 5 year renual, $1,200,000 Direct + Indirect cost, National Institutes of Health, RO1, Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, PhD, Karl Insogna, MD, Submitted November 2001.

Dietary Protein Impacts Bone and Calcium Homeostasis. 5 year, $411,000 Direct + Indirect cost, National Institutes of Health, Midcareer Investigator Award, K24, PI: Jane Kerstetter, Submitted June 2001.

Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at the University of Connecticut Center on Aging. The effect of soy protein and isoflavones on bone in older women. Submitted August 2000, 1.2 million dollars direct and indirect for 5 years. Investigators: Karen Prestwood MD and Jane Kerstetter, PhD, Submitted Spring 2000.

American Dietetic Association Student Research Competition, 1 year $10,000, PI: Kerstetter, Submitted Fall 1997.

Effect of magnesium on bone mass in adolescent girls. 4 year, $1,332,000 Direct + Indirect Cost, National Institutes of Health, RO1, PI: Tom Carpenter, MD, Collaborator: Jane Kerstetter, Submitted Fall 1997.

Impact of dietary protein on calcium and bone metabolism. 3 year, $75,000 Direct + Indirect Cost, National Institutes of Health, AREA Award, PI: Jane Kerstetter. Submitted Summer, 1996.

Impact of dietary protein on calcium kinetics in young and older women. 5 year, $1,000,000 Direct + Indirect Cost, Department of Defense, Osteoporosis Research Program, US Army Board. Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, PhD, Karl Insogna, MD Submitted Spring, 1996.

Impact of dietary protein on bone-turnover. A collaborative research study with Yale University Hospital, 5 year, $350,000 Direct cost, NIH First Award, Investigators: Jane Kerstetter, PhD, Karl Insogna, MD Submitted Fall, 1993.

Clinical Research Center, NIH, Proposal. Consultant. New approaches to the analysis of mechanisms of bone loss. University of Connecticut Health Center, 1991.

International Life Sciences Institute, $40,000. An expansion of the National Dairy Council-funded project: Effect of Dietary Calcium on Bone Mineral Density in Older Men. Submitted 1990.

Kinsley Collaborative Grant, Department of Higher Education, State of Connecticut, $24,500, The use of bioelectric impedance technology to measure body composition in hospitalized patients: an educational and research proposal. Submitted 1990.

National Dairy Council, $180,000. Effect of dietary calcium and exercise on bone accretion rates in late-pubertal females. Accepted 1989 but unfunded.

National Osteoporosis Foundation, $30,000. Factors affecting bone mass at multiple sites in young women. Accepted, 1989 but unfunded.

University of Connecticut Health Center Osteoporosis Research Group. $16,000. The effect of body size on urinary calcium excretion. Accepted, 1988 but unfunded.

Invited Presentations

“A focus on dietary protein for optimal bone health”  Invited Presentation to the Dietitians of Ireland, Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition, Belfast and Dublin, Ireland, September 2011.
 
“Dietary Protein and Bone Health”  Invited Presentation at the Protein Nutrition Workshop at GlaskoSmithKline, June 28, 2011, London England. 
 “No Bones About It; a Talk About Nutrition for Bone Health” Women’s Health Conference Update, New Haven, CT March 2011.

“Dietary Protein, Calcium Homeostasis and Bone Health” , Departmental Seminar, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, February 2011.

"Protein Requirements to Optimize Health in Older Adults with Emphasis on Osteoporosis." Morrison Senior Living Webinar to 400 practicing RDs. April 2010.

Three seminars in one day: 1. Dietary Protein: New Concepts on an Old Nutrient, 2. Protein Requirements to Optimize Bone Health in Older Adults, 3. Top 10 Questions Regarding Protein Nutrition. Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, November 2009.

“Protein Requirements to Optimize Bone Health in Older Adults” Arkansas Geriatric Education Center at the Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Nutrition and Aging. Little Rock, AK, September 2009.

"Dietary Protein Intake and Bone Health." Dairy Farmers of Canada. Four seminar series in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, and Moncton. Canada, November 2008.

“Dietary protein intake and bone health: current perspectives”, Am College of Sports Medicine, 55th Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, May 2008.

“Dietary protein and calcium interactions” Yale University School of Medicine, Journal Club, April 2008.

“Dietary protein and bone heath: an update on clinical studies” Department of Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, February 2008.

“Collaborative Clinical Research with Yale and UCHC” College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Faculty and Program Staff Workshop, February 2008.

“Keeping Our Skeleton Healthy and Happy” Celebrate Women Health Programs, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, December 2007.

“Dietary Protein and Bone Health” University of Connecticut Health Center group on Complementary/Alternative Medicine, Farmington, CT, May 2007.

“Dietary Protein, Micronutrients and Bone,” Primary Care Challenges in Osteoporosis, A Geriatric Perspective, American Geriatrics Society, Seattle, WA, May 2007.

“Dietary Protein, Ca Homeostasis & Bone, An update on our clinical studies” Yale Core Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders Meeting, New Haven, CT, April 2007.

“Calcium-41 Methodology in Nutrition Studies” Yale University School of Medicine, Journal Club, New Haven, CT, April 2007.

“Dietary protein and bone: a kinetic approach” Presented to Musculoskeletal Research, Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston, MA, March 2007.

“Beef, Beans and Bones: A talk on dietary protein & bone health,” University of Connecticut Health Center, General Clinical Research Center, Farmington, CT, November, 2006.

“Impact of a protein supplement on bone mass in older women.” Glanbia Protein, Twin Falls, ID, October 2006.

"Nutrition and Bone Health". Bone Health Summit, Females, Physical In/Activity, Bone Health Research and Interventions. University of Toronto, Canada, May 2004.

"Osteoporosis: Calcium and Bone Mineral Metabolism." Co-chaired Experimental Biology Minisymposium Washington DC, April 2004.

"Dietary Protein and Bone Health: Out with the Old Ideas." Exercise and Chronic Disease: From Science to Practice. New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, Westfield State College, MA, April, 2004.

"Nutrition Methodology in Clinical Research." The Lowell P. Weicker General Clinical Research Center (GCRC) Seminar Series on Methods in Clinical Research, Farmington, CT, February 2004.

“Low Protein Intake and the Calcium Economy” 24th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, San Antonio, TX, September 2002.

“Dietary Protein and Calcium Homeostasis Revisited” Symposia at the 4th International Congress of Vegetarian Nutrition, Loma Linda University, San Bernardino, CA, April 2002.

“Dietary Protein and Calcium Homeostasis Revisited”, Nutrition and Women’s Health, Rhode Island Dietetic Association Annual Fall Meeting, Providence, RI, November 2001.

“Nutrition and its Role in Osteoporosis”, Emerging Issues in Arthritis, Asthma, Osteoporosis, Michigan Department of Public Health, Novi, MI, November 2001.

“Impact of Dietary Protein on Calcium Homeostasis” American College of Sports Medicine 48th Annual Meeting, Baltimore MD. May 2001.

“Dietary protein, calcium and bone metabolism.” Western Massachusetts Dietetic Association, Bay State Medical Center, Springfield, October 2000.

“Nutrition and Bone Health” Women’s Health Update: Emotional & Physical Health, Sponsored by the University of Connecticut Allied Health and the Development Office, University of Connecticut, April, 2000 and 2001.

“Optimal calcium nutrition” The Calcium Summit, St. Francis Hospital, Connecticut, January 2000.

“Dietary protein and calcium metabolism.” New England Chapter, American College of Sports Medicine, Fall Program, Providence, RI, October 1999.

“Dietary protein affects calcium and bone metabolism.” Yale University, GCRC Research Symposium, New Haven, CT, October 1999.

“Dietary protein and osteoporosis.” Massachusetts Dietetic Association, Fall Program, Framingham MA, September 1999.

“Dietary protein and bone health.” Vermont Dietetic Association, Fall Program, Burlington VT, November 1998.

"Geriatric malnutrition." University of Connecticut Dental School, Nutrition Seminar Series to Medical Students, Farmington, CT, Spring 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2009.

“Osteoporosis and nutrition” The Sixth Women’s Health Update: Emotional & Physical Health, Sponsored by the University of Connecticut Allied Health and the Development Office, University of Connecticut, April, 1997.

“Calcium and bone mineral metabolism.” Symposium Chairperson, Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 1997.

“Calcium needs through the life cycle.” Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady, NY, March 1997.

“Boning up on nutrition,” Vermont Dietetic Association, Fall Program, Burlington VT, November 1996.

“Osteoporosis and nutrition,” Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, Hartford, CT, November 1996.

"Boning up on calcium to prevent osteoporosis," Connecticut Nurses' Association Conference on Osteoporosis, University of Hartford, June 1996.

"Role of Dietitians in the United States", Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, Society of Obesitology, March 1996, invited presentation to 40 physicians and medical students.

"Updates on calcium nutrition and osteoporosis," Connecticut Dietetic Association Fall Meeting, Farmington CT, November 1995.

"Calcium, exercise and osteoporosis," American College of Sports Medicine Fall Meeting, Boxboro MA, November 1995.

"Osteoporosis, a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences," New England Home Economists Fall Meeting, Concord, NH, October 1995.

"Osteoporosis: Nutritional Management." Center for Health and Development at the Manchester Community Hospital, Manchester CT, June 1995.

"Osteoporosis: a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences." New England School Nurse Conference, North Conway, NH, May 1995.

"Calcium nutrition and osteoporosis." University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, January 1995.

"What about women: osteoporosis and its prevention." Fall, 1/5 h Television Program, WFSB, Chanel 30, November, 1994.

"Osteoporosis and nutrition" Health and Women Over Forty Conference, Sponsored by the University of Connecticut Health Professions and the Development Office, University of CT, October, 1994.

"Calcium nutrition and osteoporosis." Danbury Hospital Nutrition Conference, Danbury, CT, March 1994.

"Boning up on calcium - new insights for health professionals." (3 hour lecture series), National Nutrition Month guest lecturer, Russell Sage College, New York, March, 1994.

"Calcium bioavailability." University of Connecticut Department of Nutritional Sciences, Graduate Seminar, February 1994.

"Boning up on calcium - new insights for health professionals." Long Island Dietetic Association Meeting, May 1993 and Westchester Rockland Dietetic Association Meeting, New York, December, 1993.

"Preventing osteoporosis, boning up on calcium." Health and Women Over Forty Conference, Sponsored by The University of Connecticut, School of Allied Health Professions and the Development Office, October 1993.

"Glucose consumption, physical training, and mineral homeostasis in sedentary young women." Department of Nutritional Sciences Seminar Series, University of Connecticut, May 1993.

"Boning up on calcium - current research and strategies." Nutritional Concerns Conference, New Insights for the 90's. Cornell Cooperative Extension, March 1993.

"Calcium transport across epithelial cells." University of Connecticut Department of Nutritional Sciences, Graduate Course, February 1992.

"Geriatric protein-calorie malnutrition." University of Connecticut Medical School, Nutrition Seminar Series to Medical Students, November 1991, 1992.

"Geriatric protein-calorie malnutrition." University of Connecticut Geriatric Education Center, Geriatric Nutrition Module, March 1991.

"Calcium nutrition in older persons." University of Connecticut Dental School, Dental Seminar Series, February 1990, 1991, 1992.

"Bone loss in eating disordered patients." University of Connecticut, School of Allied Health Professions, Research Seminar, February 1991.

"Importance of calcium in the diet and its relationship to hypertension." Minority Network Assembly Membership Campaign Reception, National Extension Home Economist Meeting, Chicago, IL, September 1990.

"Calcium nutrition and osteoporosis," Southern Connecticut State University, Institute for Science Instruction and Study, July 1990.

"Body composition measurements in the older person." University of Connecticut Geriatric Education Center, Geriatric Nutrition Module, January 1990.

Reviewer Experience

Reviewer for research proposals for University Research Foundation.

Reviewer for the following professional journals: New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of American Geriatrics Society, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Metabolism, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Journal of Nutrition, Southern Medical Journal, Journal of Nutrition Education, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, National Dairy Council, Texas Department of Education Accreditation Branch, Bone

Member of the review panel for research proposals, NASA Space Life Sciences and Space Science In Response to Announcement ILSRA-2004.

Teaching Experience

Every Fall Semester:

Advanced Nutrition for the Clinical Practitioner, Diet 4370 (formerly 238), 3 credits, 18 Seniors enrolled

Medical Nutrition Therapy III, Diet 4350 (formerly 233), 3 credits, 24 Seniors enrolled

Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy, GPAH 5095 (some overlap with Diet 4350), 3 credits, 6 Graduate enrolled

Every Spring Semester:

Medical Nutrition Therapy II, Diet 3250 (formerly 207), 3 credits, 18 Juniors enrolled

Clinical Dietetics Practicum II, Diet 3255 (formerly 207), 1 credits, 18 Juniors enrolled

Dietetics Research Practicum, Diet 4475 (formerly 250), 3 credits, 4 Seniors enrolled

Mediterranean Diet and Our Health, Study Abroad in Florence Italy, Fall 2010, 3 credits, 12 Juniors enrolled

Our class sizes are small. Because we are an externally accredited program through the American Dietetic Association, our Coordinated Undergraduate program class size is capped at 18 students and our internship is capped at 6 students. Therefore, the most that I could have in any given class would be either 18 or 24 students. Classes are almost always full.

Official University of Connecticut Teaching Evaluations for the past 3 years are attached. Official reports are not available for the graduate course or the practicum courses.

Master's Students, Major advisor
Name of advisee Year admitted Year degree awarded
Marrisa Garcia 2013 2015
Anna Garrett 2012 2014
Patrice Hubert                                 2012 2015
Sarah Brown 2010 2012
Belinda Kotler 2010 2012
Carrie Cucchi 2008 2010
Anna Surdykowski 2008 2010
Jessica Dauz 2007 2009
Britt Ryan 2007 2009
Kelsey Mangano 2007 2009
Matthew Wright 2006 2008
Erin Gaffney 2004 2006
Stephany Busque 2003 2005
Rebecca Raphael 2001 2003
Chalida Svastisalee 1995 1998
Sandy Rovelli 1992 1994
Karen Beatty 1988 1990
Doctoral Students, Major Advisor
Carrie Cucchi                                      2010          2013                            
Jessica Bihuniak 2009     2013
Kelsey Mangano 2009 2012
Erin Gaffney-Stomberg 2006 2009

(Note, Department of Allied Health Sciences currently does not house a PhD program. These above doctoral students will receive their PhD from the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut.)

Office of Institutional Research student teaching evaluations over the last 3 years for major courses for Jane Kerstetter. The scale runs from 1 (unacceptable) to 10 (outstanding). University mean provided for courses at equal level.

    08-09 08-09 08-09 07-08 07-08 07-08 06-07 06-07 06-07
  University Mean Diet 207 Diet 233 Diet 238 Diet 207 Diet 233 Diet 238 Diet 207 Diet 233 Diet 238
Presented Material 8.7 10.0 9.8 9.4 9.6 9.9 9.9 9.9 9.7 9.8
Organization 8.8 9.9 9.9 9.9 9.5 9.8 9.9 9.9 9.8 9.9
Clear Objectives 8.8 10.0 10.0 9.7 9.7 9.9 9.9 9.7 9.8 9.9
Fulfilled Objectives 8.9 9.9 10.0 9.7 9.7 9.9 9.9 9.8 9.9 9.9
Clear Assignments 8.8 10.0 10.0 9.7 9.8 9.9 9.9 9.7 9.9 10.0
Stimulated Interest 8.5 10.0 9.9 9.4 9.8 9.9 9.9 9.8 9.9 9.9
Graded Fairly 8.9 10.0 9.9 9.7 9.8 9.8 9.8 9.8 9.8 9.9
Appropriate Exam 8.8 10.0 9.7 9.4 9.8 9.7 9.9 9.8 9.8 9.7
Accessibility 9.0 10.0 10.0 9.6 9.8 9.8 9.9 9.8 9.9 9.9
Interest, Concern 9.0 10.0 10.0 9.4 10.0 9.8 9.9 9.9 9.9 10.0
Preparation 9.0 10.0 10.0 9.4 9.8 10.0 9.9 9.9 9.9 10.0
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