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Brittany Allman

TitlePost Doctoral Fellow
InstitutionUniversity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
DepartmentPediatrics, College of Medicine
DivisionPeds Developmental Nutrition
Address1212 Marshall Street
Mail Slot # 512-20B
Little Rock AR 72202
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-0087-8847 Additional info
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    I am a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Elisabet Borsheim at the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center (ACNC). I have been instrumental in several ongoing clinical trials through hands-on clinical experience and bench work in the wet laboratory. In my first year as a postdoctoral fellow, I have published two manuscripts as a first author (not including two manuscripts from my doctoral work that are also first-authored), and successfully secured internal funding to continue my own work through a postdoctoral grant mechanism. My research interest and trajectory are motivated by obtaining a comprehensive understanding of the programming of childhood obesity to treat pediatric obesity and its comorbidities, including the metabolic mechanisms by which this programming occurs. Thus far, I have been able to determine that obesity is a major contributing factor to many maternal complications during pregnancy (e.g., the relationship between dietary protein intake and insulin resistance, and the relationship between plasma branched-chain fatty acids and insulin resistance). However, it is now critical for me to determine how maternal health can contribute to offspring health. Therefore, my short-term goal is to investigate the maternal programming of childhood obesity through exploring the effect of maternal obesity status on offspring energy and substrate metabolism in early life. I am also interested in and have been exploring the debated relationship between plasma BCAA concentrations and insulin resistance in pregnancy. My long-term goal is to transition to an independent, tenure-track faculty position in the field of childhood obesity prevention research. These accomplishments will enable me to better serve and educate pregnant women and families through cutting-edge research with a goal of improved and optimal health of mother-to-be and her child.

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    American College of Sports Medicine
    National Strength and Conditioning Association
    International Society of Sports Nutrition
    The Obesity Society
    American Society for Nutrition
    Florida State University Fellow’s Society
    Florida State University’s Kappa Omicron Nu’s Honors Society

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    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PABS05/2007Exercise Science
    University of Delaware, Newark, DEMS08/2011Exercise Physiology
    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FLPhD08/2018Exercise Physiology
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    2019Conference/Travel Award, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    2017 - 2018National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation Women’s Scholarship, Florida State University
    2017 - 2018Dissertation Award Program, College of Human Sciences, Florida State University
    2017 - 2018Pao-Sen Chi Memorial Scholarship Endowment, Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences, Florida State University
    2017 - 2018Dr. Ava D. Rodgers Endowed Scholarship, College of Human Sciences, Florida State University
    2016 - 2017Jean A. Reutlinger and Lillian H. Munn Scholarship, College of Human Sciences, Florida State University
    2011Outstanding Presentation in the Undergraduate Scholars Forum, Top 5 of 70, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    201 - 2011Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    2010Excellence in Scholarship, University at Buffalo’s 16th Annual McNair Research Conference, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    2009Provost Scholar Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    2008All-American Scholar Athlete (Softball), Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    2007 - 2010Athletic Scholarship, Varsity Softball, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    2007 - 2010Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    2007 - 2010Honor Roll and Dean’s List, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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         (Brittany R. Allman)Aug 1, 2019 - Jul 31, 2021
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    The Effects of Exercise during Pregnancy on Maternal Plasma Amino Acid Profile
    Role Description: The goal of this study is to assess the effect of exercise on plasma BCAA and acylcarnitine concentrations in women with obesity from early to late pregnancy. Findings will provide preliminary data and rationale for a future study that will assess the impact of an exercise intervention during pregnancy on amino acid and fatty acid metabolic fluxes using novel, precise technologies (e.g., stable isotope technology) in obese women to determine if exercise during pregnancy protects against changes in circulating metabolites that are known to be associated with comorbidities of obesity (e.g., gestational diabetes mellitus). The specific objective of the proposed research is to test the hypothesis that exercise will elicit no effect on BCAA concentrations, but will attenuate the increase in acylcarnitine concentrations that is characteristic of the progression of pregnancy in obese women, and these changes will be related to an attenuated decrease in insulin sensitivity throughout pregnancy.
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Allman BR, Morrissey MC, Kim JS, Panton LB, Contreras RJ, Hickner RC, Ormsbee MJ. Lipolysis and Fat Oxidation Are Not Altered with Presleep Compared with Daytime Casein Protein Intake in Resistance-Trained Women. J Nutr. 2020 Jan 01; 150(1):47-54. PMID: 31504693.
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    2. Allman BR, Diaz Fuentes E, Williams DK, Turner DE, Andres A, Børsheim E. Obesity Status Affects the Relationship Between Protein Intake and Insulin Sensitivity in Late Pregnancy. Nutrients. 2019 Sep 11; 11(9). PMID: 31514469.
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    3. Allman BR, Andres A, Børsheim E. The Association of Maternal Protein Intake during Pregnancy in Humans with Maternal and Offspring Insulin Sensitivity Measures. Curr Dev Nutr. 2019 Jun; 3(6):nzz055. PMID: 31139768.
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    4. Ormsbee MJ, Carzoli JP, Klemp A, Allman BR, Zourdos MC, Kim JS, Panton LB. Efficacy of the Repetitions in Reserve-Based Rating of Perceived Exertion for the Bench Press in Experienced and Novice Benchers. J Strength Cond Res. 2019 Feb; 33(2):337-345. PMID: 28301439.
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    5. Allman BR, Morrissey MC, Kim JS, Panton LB, Contreras RJ, Hickner RC, Ormsbee MJ. Fat metabolism and acute resistance exercise in trained women. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2019 Mar 01; 126(3):739-745. PMID: 30605402.
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    6. Allman BR, Biwer A, Maitland CG, DiFabio B, Coughlin E, Ormsbee MJ. The effects of short term beta-alanine supplementation on physical performance and quality of life in a Parkinson’s Disease: A pilot study. JEPOnline. 2018; 1(21):1-13.
    7. Kinsey AW, Cappadona SR, Panton LB, Allman BR, Contreras RJ, Hickner RC, Ormsbee MJ. The Effect of Casein Protein Prior to Sleep on Fat Metabolism in Obese Men. Nutrients. 2016 Jul 27; 8(8). PMID: 27472361.
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    8. Kreipke VC, Allman BR, Kinsey AW, Moffatt RJ, Hickner RC, Ormsbee MJ. Impact of Four Weeks of a Multi-Ingredient Performance Supplement on Muscular Strength, Body Composition, and Anabolic Hormones in Resistance-Trained Young Men. J Strength Cond Res. 2015 Dec; 29(12):3453-65. PMID: 26595135.
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    9. Lennon-Edwards S, Allman BR, Schellhardt TA, Ferreira CR, Farquhar WB, Edwards DG. Lower potassium intake is associated with increased wave reflection in young healthy adults. Nutr J. 2014 Apr 28; 13:39. PMID: 24775098.
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