Research

Dr. Pojednic’s research has focused on physical activity and nutrition interventions in a variety of populations, from children to the elderly. Currently, she conducts her research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical school where she is a research staff scientist. Prior to her current work, her research was conducted at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Joslin Diabetes Center, and Tufts University Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Recently, Dr. Pojednic’s work has has had a major educational focus, working to integrate physical activity and nutrition education into the curriculum of health professionals. 

Pojednic Lab

Selected Publications:

Pojednic RM, Polak R, Arnstein F, Kennedy MA, Bantham A, Phillips E. Practice Patterns, Counseling and Promotion of Physical Activity By Sports Medicine Physicians. J Sci Med Sport. 2017 Feb;20(2):123-127

Pojednic RM, Peabody SR, Kennedy MA, Bevans K, Carson S, Phillips PA. The Effect of Physical Activity on Child Development: A Study Protocol to Evaluate the Build Our Kids Success (BOKS) Program. Contemp Clin Trials. 2016 Jul;49:103-8.

Pojednic RM & Frates E. A parallel curriculum in lifestyle medicine. Clin Teach. 2015 Dec 6 (Epub ahead of print)

Pojednic RM, Trilk J, Phillips E. 2015 Letter to the Editor: Lifestyle Medicine Curricula: An Initiative to Include Lifestyle Medicine in our Nation’s Medical Schools Academic Medicine July; 90(7):840-841.

Pojednic RM, Ceglia L, Lichtenstein A, Dawson-Hughes B, Fielding RA. 2015 Skeletal muscle vitamin D receptor protein is associated with intramuscular interleukin-6. Endocrine Jun;49(2):512-20.

Pojednic RM, Ceglia L, Gustafsson T, Olssen K, Lichtenstein A, Dawson-Hughes B, Fielding RA. 2015 Skeletal Muscle Vitamin D Receptor Increases with Vitamin D. Calcified Tissue International Mar;96(3):256-63

Pojednic RM & Ceglia L. 2014 The Emerging Biomolecular Role of Vitamin D in Skeletal Muscle. Exercise and Sport Science Reviews. Apr;42(2):76-81.

Pojednic RM, Clark D, Reid K, Patten C, Phillips E, Fielding RA.  2012.  The specific contributions of force and velocity to muscle power in older adults,  Experimental Gerontology, 47(8), 608-13.

Phillips EM, Pojednic RM, Polak R, Bush J, Trilk J. 2015 IncludingLifestyle Medicine Curricula in Undergraduate Medical Education. Med Educ Online. Feb 3;20:26150.

Polak R, Pojednic R, Phillips EM 2015. Lifestyle Medicine in Education. Am. J. Lifestyle Med. Sept 9(5):361-367.

Polak R, Dill D, Abrahamson M; Pojednic R; Phillips EM. 2014 Innovation in Diabetes Care: Improving Consumption of Healthy Food Through a “Chef Coaching Program”: A Case Report. Global Adv Health Med. 2014;3(6):42-48

Clark D, Pojednic RM, Reid K, Patten C, Pasha E, Phillips E, Fielding, RA. 2013 Longitudinal decline of neuromuscular activation capacity and power in older adults, J. Gerontol A Biol Scie Med Sci. Nov; 68 (11):1419-25

Ceglia L, Rivas D, Pojednic R, Price LL, Harris S, Smith D, Fielding RA, Dawson-Huges B. 2013  Effects of alkali supplementation and vitamin D insufficiency on rat skeletal muscle. Endocrine. Oct 44 (2): 454-64.