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Huichuan Lai

Lai_CALS_news_200_hqAssociate Professor Huichuan Lai began exploring the link between nutrition and cystic fibrosis in 1994, when she spent a year working in UW-Madison’s pediatric pulmonary center. A registered dietitian trained in biostatistics, she has spent much of her career scouring epidemiological data for trends that explain how diet affects the health and longevity of children with the genetic disorder. Her work led the national Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2005 to rewrite its nutritional guidelines, a move that is contributing to a heartening trend toward better nutrition and increased life expectancy among CF patients. Lai discusses her work in this Q & A.