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Elizabeth Parks, PhD

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Associate Director of the Clinical Research Center, MU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Professor of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology, CAFNR
Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology), School of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism), School of Medicine

NextGen Focus Area: Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders

Dr. Parks has a primary research focus on metabolism and liver disease, as her lab investigates dietary fat absorption, as well as the effect of dietary carbohydrates on the development of obesity-related disorders. Her lab is conducting a clinical trial to test the impact of lifestyle behaviors to understand how genetics increases the risk for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and how diet and exercise can improve liver health. 

Precision Health Impact:

  • Understanding how food intake relates to obesity and liver disease 
  • Investigating how lipid flux impacts disease development 


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