The research in Nutrition, Health, and Neuroscience Laboratory integrates the interdisciplinary fields of neuroscience, immunophysiology, and animal nutrition, including the ability of nutrients to impact metabolic, immunologic, and developmental patterns. We focus on comparative animal nutrition, with an emphasis on biochemical aspects of proteins and amino acids, but also strive to integrate immunological and behavioral outcomes as related to overall animal health. One notable project in our lab is the use of a translational piglet model for studying the impact of nutrient intake and infection during the neonatal period on brain development and cognitive function (i.e., learning and memory). Overall, research projects in this laboratory can be broadly categorized into two areas:
- The practical nutrition issues facing animal agriculture.
- The fundamental nutrition questions studied using translational animal models to improve human/animal health and well-being.
Our Principal Investigator is Ryan N. Dilger.
Check out our website here, and click the tabs below to learn about our two main projects.