Michigan State University

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Human Development Initiative

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The Human Development Initiative, begun in 2009, is a community of scholars throughout the university interested in development across the lifespan. The initiative creates venues where scholars involved in cutting-edge research in the social and health sciences (including genetics, neuroscience, and psychosocial development) can focus on the intersections between their own work and that of other researchers. We invite faculty and graduate students to join us at our bi-weekly brown bag speaker series and our fall and spring colloquia.

Velie Ellen Velie
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Masters University of California, Berkeley

Research Statement
Dr. Velie’s current areas of interest include the interrelationship between social factors (e.g. race and social class) and energy balance-related factors (e.g., obesity, insulin resistance, and physical activity), as they relate to cancer and other diseases.

Research Publications    
2000Velie E, C Schairer, M Kulldorff, G Block, D Albanes, A Schatzkin. Dietary Fat, Fat Subtypes and Breast Cancer in Postmenopausal Women: A Prospective Cohort Study. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2000; 92: 833-839.
1999Shaw G, E Velie, E Katz, K Morland, D Schaffer, V Nelson. Maternal Occupational and Hobby Chemical Exposures as Risk Factors for Neural Tube Defects. Epidemiology 1999; 10: 124-129.
1999Velie E, A Schatzkin. Chapter 10: Common Environmental Risk Factors and Multiple Primary Cancers, in Multiple Primary Cancers. Editors: A Neugut, E Robinson, A Meadows. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1999.
1999Kulldorff M, B Graubard, E Velie. The P-Value and P-Value Function. Letter to the editor. Epidemiology 1999; 10: 345-347.
1999Velie E, G Block, G Shaw, D Schaffer, S Samuels, M Kulldorff. Maternal Supplemental and Dietary Zinc Intake and the Occurrence of Neural Tube Defects in California. American Journal of Epidemiology 1999; 150: 605-616.
1998Shaw G, K Todoroff, E Velie, E Lammer. Maternal Illness, Including Fever, and Medication Use as Risk Factors for Neural Tube Defects. Teratology 1998; 57: 1-7.
1998Schaffer D, E Velie, G Shaw. Energy and Nutrient Intakes and Health Practices of Latinas and White Non-Latinas in the Three Months Before Pregnancy. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 1998; 98: 876-884.
1997Shaw G, E Velie, D Schaffer, E Lammer. Periconceptional Intake of Vitamin A Among Women and Risk of Neural Tube-Affected Pregnancies. Teratology 1997; 55: 132-33.
1997Shaw G, E Velie, C Wasserman. Risk for Neural Tube Defects Between Women of Mexican Descent and Non-Mexican Women in California. American Journal of Public Health 1997; 87: 1467-71.
1997Shaw G, E Velie, D Schaffer. Methionine. Is Dietary Intake of Methionine Associated with a Reduction in Risk for Neural Tube Defect-Affected Pregnancies? Teratology 1997; 56: 295-99.