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Dry Bean Health Research Program Award Recipients
March 30, 2009

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association, North Dakota Dry Bean Council and the Minnesota Dry Bean Research Promotion Council recently established the Dry Bean Health Research Program. The Program was designed to provide seed money for research projects.  Top researchers from across the country were invited to apply for incentive awards of $10,000 each on dry beans and human health.  The idea was to provide researchers incentives to apply to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for further funding of dry bean and human health research of at least $150,000.  Topics that are covered include the effects of dry beans on cardio vascular disease, gastro-intestinal health, immune system health, diabetes, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.  The classes of dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) that are of particular interest include pinto, navy, dark red kidney, light red kidney, black, cranberry, pink, small red, and great northern beans.

Below are the first recipients of the Dry Bean Health Research Program

Effect of dry beans on appetite regulation in humans
D. Enette Larson-Meyer,
University of Wyoming

Glycemia and Oxidative Stress During Hypocaloric Bean Diet
Dawn Schwenke
Arizona State University

Effects of black, pinto, and dark red kidney bean consumption on biomarkers of heart disease risk factors in moderately hypercholesterolemic adults
Donna Winham
Arizona State University

Mechanistic Study of Dry Beans Health Benefits: What Are the Active Ingredients for Preventing Heart Disease and Diabetes?
Joe Vinson, University of Scranton

Dried Beans, Inflammation and Insulin Sensitivity
Maureen A. Murtaugh
University of Utah

Effects of legume consumption on long-term weight loss success and chronic disease risk reduction
Megan A. McCrory
Purdue University

Intestinal microbiota: architecture and transcriptome and response to the candidate prebiotic Phaseolus vulgaris in obese subjects with and without metabolic syndrome
Nanette Steinle, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Insulin Sensitizing and Hypolipidemic Actions of Kidney Bean-Enriched Diets
Salman Azhar, Stanford University

Mechanism and targets of prostate and colon cancer prevention by black bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) seed coat derived phytochemicals
Tze-chen Hsieh
New York Medical College

Treatment of type 2 diabetes by increasing the consumption of dry beans
Yunsheng Ma
University of Massachusetts


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