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Diana P Brostow

TitleAsst Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
DepartmentSOM-PM&R General Operations
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-8400-4727 Additional info
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    TitleElectronic Research Admin
    InstitutionUniversity of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
    DepartmentADM AVCRC COMIRB

    TitleAffiliate - VA
    InstitutionUniversity of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
    DepartmentSOM-PM&R General Operations


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    Northwestern University, IllinoisBS06/2001Radio/Television/Film
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MinnesotaMPH05/2009Epidemiology
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MinnesotaPhD05/2014Human Nutrition
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities & The Emily Program, MinnesotaRDN04/2014Dietetics
    Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center, Minnesota05/2014T-32: Obesity Prevention
    Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation, Colorado08/2018Post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research and Development

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    Dr. Brostow earned her PhD in Human Nutrition in 2014, and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She first joined the Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System in 2015 as a Health Services Research Fellow, and as the clinical Dietitian for the Denver VA Medical Center’s inpatient homeless program. Since joining the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) in 2018, Dr. Brostow’s research has focused primarily on food insecurity in relation to mental health and polytraumatic injury rehabilitation. Specifically, she is interested in the biological, psychosocial, environmental, and economic factors that comprise “nutritional functioning”, and shape how combat Veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) access and use food. In addition, Dr. Brostow is interested in the human microbiota, and its interactions with dietary habits, mental health and cognitive function.

    Dr. Brostow’s current grant funded project is a VA Career Development Award in Rehabilitation Research and Development, the goal of which is to develop a comprehensive measure of nutritional functioning to be used to assess combat Veterans’ nutritional needs. This measure will allow clinicians and mental health providers to target personalized therapies aimed at augmenting psychosocial recovery and enhancing reintegration into civilian life.

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    RX003128     (Diana Brostow)Mar 1, 2020 - Feb 28, 2025
    VHA Office of Research & Development
    Nutritional Functioning" in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans with Polytraumatic Injuries: Developing a New Approach
    Role Description: The purpose of this project is to operationalize nutritional functioning in OEF/OIF/ONF Veterans with polytrauma, and to develop a measure which encapsulates this concept, and can be validated in clinical settings.
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Brenner LA, Stearns-Yoder KA, Stamper CE, Hoisington AJ, Brostow DP, Hoffmire CA, Forster JE, Donovan ML, Ryan AT, Postolache TT, Lowry CA. Rationale, design, and methods: A randomized placebo-controlled trial of an immunomodulatory probiotic intervention for Veterans with PTSD. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2022 Aug; 28:100960. PMID: 35812820.
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    2. Juckett LA, Lee K, Bunger AC, Brostow DP. Implementing Nutrition Education Programs in Congregate Dining Service Settings: A Scoping Review. Gerontologist. 2022 Feb 09; 62(2):e82-e96. PMID: 32833007.
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    3. Stanislawski MA, Stamper CE, Stearns-Yoder KA, Hoisington AJ, Brostow DP, Forster JE, Postolache TT, Lowry CA, Brenner LA. Characterization of the gut microbiota among Veterans with unique military-related exposures and high prevalence of chronic health conditions: A United States-Veteran Microbiome Project (US-VMP) study. Brain Behav Immun Health. 2021 Dec; 18:100346. PMID: 34988495.
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    4. Cogan AM, Silva MA, Brostow DP. Low Back Pain and Traumatic Brain Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2021 07; 102(7):1441-1443. PMID: 33933254.
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    5. Holliday R, Liu S, Brenner LA, Monteith LL, Cappelletti MM, Blosnich JR, Brostow DP, Gelberg L, Hooshyar D, Koget J, McInnes DK, Montgomery AE, O'Brien R, Rosenheck RA, Strickland S, Workman GM, Tsai J. Preventing Suicide Among Homeless Veterans: A Consensus Statement by the Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Among Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Workgroup. Med Care. 2021 04 01; 59(Suppl 2):S103-S105. PMID: 33710080.
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    6. Brenner LA, Forster JE, Stearns-Yoder KA, Stamper CE, Hoisington AJ, Brostow DP, Mealer M, Wortzel HS, Postolache TT, Lowry CA. Evaluation of an Immunomodulatory Probiotic Intervention for Veterans With Co-occurring Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study. Front Neurol. 2020; 11:1015. PMID: 33192959.
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    7. Brenner LA, Stamper CE, Hoisington AJ, Stearns-Yoder KA, Stanislawksi MA, Brostow DP, Hoffmire CA, Forster JE, Schneider AL, Postolache TT, Lowry CA. Microbial Diversity and Community Structures Among Those With Moderate to Severe TBI: A United States-Veteran Microbiome Project Study. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2020 Sep/Oct; 35(5):332-341. PMID: 32881767.
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    8. Brostow DP, Gunzburger E, Abbate LM, Brenner LA, Thomas KS. Mental Illness, Not Obesity Status, is Associated with Food Insecurity Among the Elderly in the Health and Retirement Study. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr. 2019 Apr-Jun; 38(2):149-172. PMID: 30794096.
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    9. Brostow DP, Warsavage TJ, Abbate LM, Starosta AJ, Brenner LA, Plomondon ME, Valle JA. Mental illness and obesity among Veterans undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention: Insights from the VA CART program. Clin Obes. 2019 Apr; 9(2):e12300. PMID: 30793500.
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    10. Brostow DP, Petrik ML, Starosta AJ, Waldo SW. Depression in patients with peripheral arterial disease: A systematic review. Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2017 03; 16(3):181-193. PMID: 28051339.
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    11. Brostow DP, Gunzburger E, Thomas KS. Food Insecurity among Veterans: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. J Nutr Health Aging. 2017; 21(10):1358-1364. PMID: 29188901.
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    12. Brostow DP, Hirsch AT, Pereira MA, Bliss RL, Kurzer MS. Nutritional status and body composition in patients with peripheral arterial disease: A cross-sectional examination of disease severity and quality of life. Ecol Food Nutr. 2016; 55(1):87-109. PMID: 26654593.
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    13. Brostow DP, Hirsch AT, Kurzer MS. Recruiting older patients with peripheral arterial disease: evaluating challenges and strategies. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2015; 9:1121-8. PMID: 26273200.
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    14. Brostow DP, Hirsch AT, Collins TC, Kurzer MS. The role of nutrition and body composition in peripheral arterial disease. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2012 Nov; 9(11):634-43. PMID: 22922595.
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    15. Brostow DP, Odegaard AO, Koh WP, Duval S, Gross MD, Yuan JM, Pereira MA. Omega-3 fatty acids and incident type 2 diabetes: the Singapore Chinese Health Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Aug; 94(2):520-6. PMID: 21593505.
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