Kayellen Edmonds Umeakunne, M.S., R.D.N., L.D.
Specializes in Nutrition
Kayellen Edmonds Umeakunne is a Registered Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist and Researcher. She holds a B.S. degree in Biology and M.S. in Human Nutrition. Her research focuses on dietary effects on the gut microbiome in vegetarians and obese pre-hypertensive African American women. She is interested in diet related health disparities and the impact of a change in plant based food consumption since our African ancestors migrated to the US. Ms. Umeakunne has been a Bionutrition Research Manager for 23 years including 13 years at the Emory GCRC. She currently directs the MSM Bionutrition Core Metabolic Kitchen and Body Composition Lab in the MSM Clinical Research Center. Nationally, Ms. Umeakunne serves as Research Committee Chair for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group (DPG) and is a member of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG. Kay completed the NIH/NCI John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Practicum and is a Research Scholar in the MSM/UAB/TU HDRTP program. She is a contributing author of the Down Home Healthy Living 2.0 Cookbook for prevention of Colorectal Cancer. She also serves on the MSM Choice Neighborhood committee and provides CHW training on nutrition and diabetes for the iADAPT 2.0 Diabetes Project. Kay designed and directed the Hearts of Humanity Project, a program to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in African Americans. She also serves as a co-investigator in the Emory Legume Diet and Weight Loss Satiety Pilot, and the MSM Nutrition and School Garden Study with Principal Investigator, Dr. Ruby Thomas. Additionally, she provides research experiences and nutrition assessment training for Georgia State University Nutrition students. Kay has been an invited speaker for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics FNCE 2014, 2016 Plant-Based Prevention of Disease (P-POD) Conference, and 2015 Annual Joint Duke-UNC Sickle Cell Disease Conference. She authored a book chapter in the Handbook of Nutrition and the Kidney and is co-inventor on a US patent with MSM Dr. Jacqueline Hibbert for a nutritional supplement for Sickle Cell Disease. She is passionate about Plant Based Nutrition and currently prepares meals for the MHC Optimal Health and Wellness Clinic patients. Kay assisted in establishing registered dietitian services for bariatric patients at Morehouse Healthcare (MHC). She serves on the MSM Obesity Task Force, the Bariatrics Research Committee, and is a mentor in the MSM TAG Academy Mentoring Program. Ms. Umeakunne also serves as a mentor to 1st Year medical students in the MSM Summer Research Experience Program. Kay wrote and will co-manage the MSM Wholesome Wave Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program. In her spare time, Ms. Umeakunne volunteers in the community and actively participates in her church Health Ministry, Homeless Lunch Program and Choir.
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