2019: Cynthia Blanton, PhD, RD
Dr. Cynthia Blanton is the recipient the 2019 ANDF research award for her project titled "Improving the anti-inflammatory action of curcumin by synchronizing intake to circadian rhythms". The purpose of this study is to determine whether consuming a spice-rich food at morning vs. evening exerts differential anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. She is interested in investigating the impact of the timing of spice intake on the expression of genes involved in inflammation and oxidative stress. Targeting spice intake to coincide with peak circadian expression of inflammatory genes may enhance the anti-inflammatory actions of spices. Dr. Blanton’s current study focuses on turmeric, a spice with well documented anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties. Dr. Blanton is a professor of Nutrition at Idaho State University (ISU). She received her PhD in Nutrition from the University of California, Davis and conducted research at the USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center before joining the faculty of ISU.