Jun Dai
Last active: 10/20/2014


Cardiovascular epidemiology with interdisciplinary approaches in areas of modifiable factors including nutrition (particularly, whole diet and dietary fatty acid composition), triglyceride-rich lipoprotein, inflammation, oxidative stress, impaired glucose homeostasis, and metabolic syndrome. Currently, we use the co-twin design to understand the role of modifiable factors in cardiovascular disease independent of germline and common environment. We also quantify the genetic and environmental contributions to phenotypes in relation to cardiovascular disease. Another research area is maternal-child nutrition.


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  1. The association between postload plasma glucose levels and 38-year mortality risk of coronary heart disease: the prospective NHLBI Twin Study. Dai J, Krasnow RE, Liu L, Sawada SG, Reed T (2013) PLoS One 8(7): e69332
    › Primary publication · 23894450 (PubMed) · PMC3716604 (PubMed Central)
  2. Psychosocial factors associated with diet quality in a working adult population. Ferranti EP, Dunbar SB, Higgins M, Dai J, Ziegler TR, Frediani JK, Reilly C, Brigham KL (2013) Res Nurs Health 36(3): 242-56
    › Primary publication · 23408456 (PubMed) · PMC3930879 (PubMed Central)
  3. Mediterranean dietary pattern is associated with improved cardiac autonomic function among middle-aged men: a twin study. Dai J, Lampert R, Wilson PW, Goldberg J, Ziegler TR, Vaccarino V (2010) Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes 3(4): 366-73
    › Primary publication · 20551372 (PubMed) · PMC3645294 (PubMed Central)
  4. High habitual dietary alpha-linolenic acid intake is associated with decreased plasma soluble interleukin-6 receptor concentrations in male twins. Dai J, Ziegler TR, Bostick RM, Manatunga AK, Jones DP, Goldberg J, Miller A, Vogt G, Wilson PW, Jones L, Shallenberger L, Vaccarino V (2010) Am J Clin Nutr 92(1): 177-85
    › Primary publication · 20463041 (PubMed) · PMC2884325 (PubMed Central)
  5. Beneficial effects of designed dietary fatty acid compositions on lipids in triacylglycerol-rich lipoproteins among Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Dai J, Su YX, Bartell S, Le NA, Ling WH, Liang YQ, Gao L, Wu HY, Veledar E, Vaccarino V (2009) Metabolism 58(4): 510-8
    › Primary publication · 19303972 (PubMed)
  6. Association between adherence to the Mediterranean diet and oxidative stress. Dai J, Jones DP, Goldberg J, Ziegler TR, Bostick RM, Wilson PW, Manatunga AK, Shallenberger L, Jones L, Vaccarino V (2008) Am J Clin Nutr 88(5): 1364-70
    › Primary publication · 18996873 (PubMed) · PMC3076211 (PubMed Central)
  7. Association of major depressive disorder with serum myeloperoxidase and other markers of inflammation: a twin study. Vaccarino V, Brennan ML, Miller AH, Bremner JD, Ritchie JC, Lindau F, Veledar E, Su S, Murrah NV, Jones L, Jawed F, Dai J, Goldberg J, Hazen SL (2008) Biol Psychiatry 64(6): 476-83
    › Primary publication · 18514165 (PubMed) · PMC2597204 (PubMed Central)
  8. Genetic and environmental influences on systemic markers of inflammation in middle-aged male twins. Su S, Snieder H, Miller AH, Ritchie J, Bremner JD, Goldberg J, Dai J, Jones L, Murrah NV, Zhao J, Vaccarino V (2008) Atherosclerosis 200(1): 213-20
    › Primary publication · 18243214 (PubMed) · PMC2599923 (PubMed Central)
  9. Adherence to the mediterranean diet is inversely associated with circulating interleukin-6 among middle-aged men: a twin study. Dai J, Miller AH, Bremner JD, Goldberg J, Jones L, Shallenberger L, Buckham R, Murrah NV, Veledar E, Wilson PW, Vaccarino V (2008) Circulation 117(2): 169-75
    › Primary publication · 18086924 (PubMed) · PMC3232063 (PubMed Central)
  10. Occupation is more important than rural or urban residence in explaining the prevalence of metabolic and cardiovascular disease risk in Guatemalan adults. Gregory CO, Dai J, Ramirez-Zea M, Stein AD (2007) J Nutr 137(5): 1314-9
    › Primary publication · 17449598 (PubMed) · PMC1904431 (PubMed Central)

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    Adiposity Apoptosis Bias Blood Pressure Cell Survival China Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, LDL Confounding Factors, Epidemiologic Coronary Disease Depression Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Dietary Fats DNA Fragmentation Energy Intake Follow-Up Studies Guatemala Humans Interleukin-3 Life Style Oxidative Stress Peroxidase Proportional Hazards Models Recovery of Function Risk Sperm Motility Twins, Dizygotic Urban Population Waist-Hip Ratio