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Shannon Lennon-Edwards

Shannon Lennon-Edwards

Assistant Professor
Behavioral Health & Nutrition
Office: 201L STAR Health Sciences Complex
Cardiovascular Nutrition Lab: 128 STAR Health Sciences Complex
302-831-2798
slennon@udel.edu

 

 

 


Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular physiology
  • Aging
  • Oxidative stress, nutritional interventions and exercise

Ongoing Research

  • 5P20GM103446-13
    Role: Principal Investigator on pilot project
    Title: “Vascular Effects of Dietary Potassium in Humans”
    Project Period: 9/1/2014 - 8/31/2016

    The goal of this application is to determine whether potassium can protect against the effects of a high sodium diet on the vasculature.
  • 1 R01 HL104106-01A1
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Title: Vascular Effects of Dietary Salt in Humans with Salt-Resistant BP
    Project Period: 9/1/2011 - 6/30/2015

    The goal of this application is to test the hypothesis that high dietary salt intake impairs vascular function independent of changes in blood pressure.
  • DE-CTR ACCEL Pilot Project Grant
    Role: Co-investigator
    Title: Energy Balance and Clinical Outcomes of Obese, Mechanically Ventilated Patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
    Project Period: 12/1/14 - 12/1/15

    The goal of this application is to determine the association between energy intake and physiology markers in obese, mechanically ventilated patients in the ICU. Our long-term goal is to use nutrition therapy to modulate the effects of adipokines and improve outcomes for this patient population.

Previous Support

  • University of Delaware Research Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Title: “Effect of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Ischemia Reperfusion Insults in Aging Hearts “
    Amount: $25,000
    Project Period: 6/1/08 – 5/31/10

    The goal of this application was to determine if high intakes omega-3 fatty acids can reduce markers of inflammation and oxidative stress in aging hearts.

Education

  • PhD, University of Florida, 2003
  • MS, University of Connecticut, 1997
  • BS, University of Connecticut, 1993

Professional Experience

  • 2010 - present Secondary Faculty Appointment, Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • 2010 - present Faculty, Applied Physiology PhD Program, Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • 2007 - present Faculty, Biomechanics and Movement Sciences Interdisciplinary Master’s and PhD Program, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • 2007- present Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 19716
  • 2005 – 2007 Supplemental Faculty, Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 19716
  • 2003 – 2005 Postdoctoral Fellow, Myocardial Biology Lab, Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • 2004 Adjunct Faculty, Department of Kinesiology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • 2001 – 2003 Research Associate, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • 1999 – 2001 Adjunct Faculty, Science for Health Professions, Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL
  • 1999 – 2001 Research Assistant, Department of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • 1995 – 1997 Research Assistant, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • 1996 – 1997 Teaching Assistant, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • 1995 – 1997 Club Nutritionist, Court House Plus Health Club, Vernon, CT
  • 1994 – 1995 Assistant Coordinator, Professional Cooking Training Program, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Courses

  • NTDT 200, Nutrition Concepts
  • NTDT 250, Introduction to the Nutrition Care Process
  • NTDT 450, Medical Nutrition Therapy I
  • NTDT 665

Recent Publications

  • Lennon-Edwards S., T. Schellhardt, and J. M. Kuczmarski. Omega-3 Supplementation augments antioxidant defense in aging hearts in absence of changes in inflammation. (In press Physiological Research, April 2015).
  • Kirkman, D.L., S. Lennon-Edwards, and D.G. Edwards. Exercise for Chronic Kidney Disease. J Ren Nutr. 2014 Nov;24(6):e51-3.
  • Kirkman, D.L., D.G. Edwards, and S. Lennon-Edwards. Exercise as an adjunct therapy in chronic kidney disease. Renal Nutrition Forum. 2014;33(4)1-8.
  • Kuczmarski, J.M., C.R. Martens, J. Kim, S.L. Lennon-Edwards, and D.G. Edwards. Cardiac function is preserved following 4 weeks of voluntary wheel running in a rodent model of chronic kidney disease. J Apply Physiol 2014 Jul 24 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Lennon-Edwards S., M. Ramick, E.L. Matthews, M. Brian, W.B. Farquhar, and D.G. Edwards. Endothelium-dependent dilation is lower in salt-resistant males than females on a high sodium diet. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2014 May 24 (Epub).
  • Martens, C.R., J.M. Kuczmarski, J. Kim, J.J. Guers, M.B. Harris, S. Lennon-Edwards, and D.G. Edwards. Voluntary wheel running augments aortic L-arginine transport and endothelial function in rats with chronic kidney disease. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 2014 June 25 [epub].
  • Lennon-Edwards S., B.R. Allman, T.A. Schellhardt, C.R. Ferreria, W.B. Farquhar, and D.G. Edwards. Lower potassium intake is associated with increased wave reflection in young healthy adults. Nutr J. 2014 Apr 28;13(1)39.
  • Martens, C.R., J.M. Kuczmarski, S. Lennon-Edwards, and D.G. Edwards. Impaired L-arginine uptake but not arginase contributes to endothelial dysfunction in rats with chronic kidney disease. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2014 Jan;63(1);40-8.
  • Kuczmarski J.M., C.R. Martens, S. Lennon-Edwards, and D.G. Edwards. Cardiac function and tolerance to Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury in chronic kidney disease. Nephrol Dial Transplant 2014 Aug;29(8):1514-24. 2013 Oct 22 [epub].
  • Lennon-Edwards, S. and W.B. Farquhar. 'Cold as ice', why do old coronary arteries pay the price? J Physiol. 2013 Jun 1;591(Pt 11):2775-6.
  • DuPont, J.J., Greaney, J. L., M.M. Wenner, S. Lennon-Edwards, P.W. Sanders, W.B. Farquhar, and D.G. Edwards. Dietary sodium loading impairs endothelium-dependent dilation in salt-resistant humans. J Hypertens. 2013 Mar;31(3):530-6.
  • Greaney, J.L , J.J. DuPont, S. Lennon-Edwards, P.W. Sanders, D.G. Edwards, and W.B. Farquhar. Acute dietary sodium loading impairs cutaneous microvascular function independent of blood pressure in humans: role of oxidative stress. J Physiol. 2012 Nov 1;590(Pt 21):5519-28.
  • Dirks-Naylor AJ, and S. Lennon-Edwards. The effects of Vitamin D on skeletal muscle function and cellular signaling. J Steroid Biochem. 125(3-5):159-68, 2011.
  • Dirks-Naylor AJ, and S. Lennon-Edwards. Cellular and molecular mechanisms of apoptosis in age-related muscle atrophy. Current Aging Science. 4(3): 269-278, 2011.

Professional Memberships

  • American Dietetic Association
  • Delaware Dietetic Association
  • American Physiological Society

Honors and Awards

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship from National Institutes of Health Training Grant to the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA, 2003 – 2005
  • Young Investigator Recognition Award, Environmental and Exercise Physiology, The American Physiological Society, 2003
  • Herman W. Schnell Graduate Student Award, College of Health and Human Performance, University of Florida, 2001-2002
  • American College of Sports Medicine Student Scholarship, American College of Sports Medicine, 2000-2001
  • Bristol-Meyers Squibb Student Scholarship, American Dietetic Association, 2000-2001
  • Gatorade Sports Science Exchange Student Scholarship, American Dietetic Association, 1998-1999
  • Polly Fitz Scholarship, American Dietetic Association, 1996-1997

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