Patsy Brannon


Patsy Brannon

225 Savage Hall
Phone: (607) 255-37700 Fax: (607) 255-1033
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Curriculum Vitae
Current Professional Activities:

Dr. Brannon presently serves as a member of the National Academies Health and Medicine Division's Food and Nutrition Board, the National Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Economics Advisory Board, the Steering Committee for the International Vitamin D Standardization Program, the Public Policy Committee of the American Society for Nutrition and the FASEB Science Policy Committee.   Key past service includes the National Academies Health and Medicine Division's Committee to Review WIC Food Packages, the Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D Committee, co-chairing the Federal Trans Agency Vitamin D Working Group as a Visiting Professor in the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, the NIH Consensus Panel on Lactose Intolerance, the NIH State of the Science Panel on Multivitamin/mineral Supplements and Chronic Disease Prevention, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases Special Study Section, the NIH Nutrition Study Section, FASEB Science Policy Committee, past-chair of the American Society for Nutrition's Nutrition Council, and past Chair of the Board of Human Sciences of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.

Current Research Activities:

Dr. Brannon's research focuses on the diet-gene regulation of the placenta and exocrine pancreas and vitamin D in pregnancy. Current research examines how maternal nutritional status regulates genes controlling growth of the placenta in cell culture models. Understanding how maternal nutrition regulates the growth of the placenta will further our understanding of the mechanisms whereby intrauterine growth retardation and resulting fetal programming occur.

Current Public Engagement Activities:

Dr. Brannon's public engagement and extension centers on the Cornell Dietetics Program and continuing professional education for dietetic practitioners.  As program leader of dietetics, she has the responsibility for coordinating this outreach programming.


Ph.D. 1979 - Cornell University, Nutritional Biochemistry
M.S. 1975 - Florida State University, Food and Nutrition Science
B.S. 1973 - Florida State University, Food and Nutrition Science

Courses Taught:

NS 3220 Maternal and Infant Nutrition

NS 5550 Leadership in Dietetics

NS 6200 Translational Research and Evidence-based Policy and Practice in Nutrition

NS 6310 Micornutrients: Function, Homeostasis and Assessment


Administrative Responsibilities:

Dr. Brannon is the Director of the Cornell Dietetic Internship.   During 2016, she began preparing analyses for the proposed Future Education Model for discussion by the DNS faculty. 

A major accomplishment was the reaccreditation of the internship by ACEND through December 31, 2023. 

Selected Publications:

Park H, Brannon PM, West AA, Yan J, Jiang X, Perry CA, Malysheva O, Mehta S, Caudill MA. Maternal vitamin D biomarkers are associated with maternal and fetal bone turnover among pregnant women consuming controlled amounts of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus. Bone. 2017 Feb;95:183-191.

Food and Nutrition Board, Health and Medicine Division, National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Review of WIC food packages: Improving balance and choice. Final Report. Rasmussen KM, Latulippe ME, Yaktine AL (Eds), 2017. National Academies Press, Washington, DC.

Manson JE, Brannon PM, Rosen CJ, Taylor CL. Vitamin D Deficiency - Is There Really a Pandemic? N Engl J Med. 2016;375(19):1817-1820.

Brannon PM, Weaver CM, Anderson C, Donovan SM, Murphy S, Yaktine AL. Scanning for new evidence to prioritize updates to the Dietary Reference Intakes: case studies for thiamin and phosphorus. . Am J Clin Nutr 2016;104(5):1366-1377.

Park H, Brannon PM, West AA, Yan J, Jiang X, Perry CA, Malysheva OV, Mehta S, Caudill MA. Vitamin D Metabolism Varies among Women in Different Reproductive States Consuming the Same Intakes of Vitamin D and Related Nutrients. J Nutr. 2016;146(8):1537-45.

Jiang X, Jones S, Andrew B,  Ganti A, Giallourou M, Brannon PM, Roberson M, Caudill M. (2014) Choline inadequacy impairs trophoblast function and vascularization in cultured human placental trophoblasts.  J Cell Physiol. 229(8):1016-27.

Hansen JG, Tang W, Hootman K, Brannon, PM, Houston DK, Kritchevsky SB, Harris T, Garcia M, Lohman MK, Liu Y, De Boer I, Kesterhaum B, Robinson-Cohen C, Sissovik DS for MESA, Cassano PA (2014) Genetic and environmental predictors are associated with serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in African-Americans in the Healt, Aging and Body Composition Study.  J Nutr (in press). (in press).

Brannon, P.M., Taylor, C. L, Coates, P.M.  (2014) Use and Applications of Systematic Reviews in Public Health Nutrition.  Annu Rev Nutr 34:401-19.

Brannon PM, Mayne ST, Murphy SP, Taylor CL (2014)Vitamin D supplementation in African Americans: dose-response. Am J Clin Nutr. 100(3):982-4.

Jiang X, Bar HY, Yan J, Jones, S, Brannon PM, West AA, Berry CA, Ganti A, Pressman E, Devapatle S, Vermeylen F, Wells, MT, Caudill MA .  A higher maternal choline intake among third trimester pregnant women lowers placental and circulating concentrations of the antiangiogenic factor fms-like tyrosine kinase -1 (sFLT2). FASEB J 2013;27(3):1245-53.

Brannon PM. Key questions in vitamin D research.  Scand J Clin Lab Invest 2012;  243 Suppl:154-62.


IOM Committee to Review the WIC Food Packages, Food and Nutrition Board. Review of WIC Food Packages: Proposed Framework for Revisions: Interim Report.  Rasmussen KM, Latulippe ME, Yaktine AL (Eds), 2015. National Academies Press, Washington, DC.

Selected Keywords:
vitamin D, placenta, maternal nutrition, gene regulation, nutrition policy

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.