University of Wisconsin - Green Bay


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Debra Pearson

Debra Pearson

Fall 2014

"Sustainable Agriculture: Nutrient Analysis of an Ancient Indigenous Squash Plant and Other Produce from a 3 Sisters Campus Garden"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 2009

"The Effect of Vitamin D on Muscle Strength, Endurance, and Injuries in Athletes"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "Dr. James Marker, and I collaborated on a clinical study of vitamin D supplementation in athletes. This study also involved seven students earning independent study research credits and participating in all stages of data collection and analysis. Our goal was to determine the effect of vitamin D supplementation (compared to placebo) on upper and lower body muscle strength in UWGB male and female swimming and basketball athletes. Previous research indicates that vitamin D is important in muscle strength. The role of vitamin D in muscle strength is well characterized in the older population, but its role is less clear in younger people. Our study took place from November 2009 to March 2010. Athletes were baseline tested on several measures of upper and lower body strength, and their baseline blood levels of vitamin D were determined. (The GIAR funds were used for covering the assay costs for determination of the blood levels of vitamin D.) After baseline testing, athletes were randomly assigned to either placebo or vitamin D supplementation. One and half months into supplementation and at 3 months, athletes were muscle tested again, and blood samples were taken to determine blood levels of vitamin D in response to treatment allocation. Results were analyzed to determine if vitamin D supplementation significantly improved any of the measures of upper or lower extremity muscle strength compared to placebo. The vitamin D supplemented group had an increase in lower extremity muscle power compared to the placebo group. Our results were presented at the 2010 UW-Green Bay Academic Excellence Symposium."


Fall 1999

"Effect of Dietary Macronutrient Manipulation on Insulin Sensitivity in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome"

Grant in Aid of Research