Elizabeth Mayer-Davis

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Elizabeth Mayer-Davis

Elizabeth Mayer-Davis

Department of Nutrition
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Elizabeth Mayer-Davis has focused her career in the area of diabetes, including the epidemiology and natural history of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and adults. Her research addresses the many ways in which nutrition can impact the risk for development of diabetes, and the risk of complications from either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Her studies have typically included culturally and regionally diverse populations. Currently, Dr. Mayer-Davis’ major focus is on childhood diabetes. Dr. Mayer-Davis is principal investigator for the Carolina site of the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study, and she serves as the national chairperson for this large multi-center study. Recently funded studies will address nutritional factors that may improve prognosis for adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Other work involves translational research to develop, implement and evaluate interventions designed to facilitate improvement in diabetes self-management, metabolic status, and quality of life for individuals with type 2 diabetes who live in medically underserved communities.

Dr. Mayer-Davis is a professor in the Department of Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. She received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley and her MSPH from the University of Colorado. She is a registered dietitian.

Dr. Mayer-Davis is highly active in the American Diabetes Association and currently serves on its national board.