Brenda Davy

Brenda Davy

The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Brenda Davy, associate professor of human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who has gained national and international recognition for her research on the role of water intake in weight loss.

Davy′s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of obesity and its related conditions. The research is directed toward understanding how to prevent weight gain in young adulthood, reversing obesity in middle aged and older adults, and long-term maintenance of weight loss.

Recent research looking at appetite control has determined that consuming two 8-ounce glasses of water before meals, enables people to shed pounds. Current research includes a project with Richard Winett, professor of psychology, to design a program to help pre-diabetic adults begin and, most importantly, maintain resistance training in order to prevent diabetes.

She also serves as the faculty lead on a new Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program entitled Water INTERface: Interdisciplinary Research Transcending Boundaries of Engineering, Science, and Human Health, along with Professors Andrea Dietrich and Marc Edwards in civil and environmental engineering, Susan Duncan in food science and technology, and Joe Falkinham in biology.


Obesity Initiative


Clinical trial confirms effectiveness of simple appetite control method

Researchers evaluate resistance training for diabetes prevention


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The goals of the Scholar of the Week are to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Recognition is based on research and/or scholarship.

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Please provide a sentence describing the research, scholarship, or creative work in non-technical, generally accessible language. A second sentence with an example or application is helpful.

  • Send nominations to: Srinath Ekkad, Associate Vice President for Research Programs, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.