Divya Reddy

Divya Reddy
Mentor: Dr. Roger Fillingim
College of Dentistry
 
"As I shadowed dentists as a freshman in college, I came to realize that pain was an ever present issue in the clinics. Furthermore, each individual reacted to, and coped with, pain differently. It was easy to see that a more formal understanding of both acute and chronic pain could help me become a better health care provider in the future. As a result, I got involved with the Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence at the University of Florida in January of 2013. I valued the holistic approach from which they viewed their research. Biological, cognitive, and sociocultural factors contributing to chronic pain are all being studied thoroughly."

Major

Nutritional Sciences

Minor

Disabilities in Society

Research Interests

  • Chronic Pain
  • Nutrition

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program
  • UF Presidential Service Award
  • ASTRA Scholarship for Dedicated Volunteers
  • Eugene Chester Terzenbach Memorial Scholarship
  • Florida Bright Futures

Organizations

  • Gator Karate
  • Global Medical Brigades
  • ASTRA

Volunteer

  • UF Dental Clinics

Hobbies and Interests

  • Sudoku
  • Anime

Research Description

The Effect of Glucose Administration and Intermittent Fasting on the Efficacy of a Cognitive Intervention for Pain

It has been found that appropriate glucose supplementation promotes learning and memory. Also, possibly by similar mechanisms, intermittent fasting increases neuroplasticity. On the other hand, chronic pain causes plastic changes to the brain, and reversing these negative consequences is of interest to treatment providers. A newly funded study is being performed to explore whether food restriction and/or glucose administration strategies in conjunction with an effective guided imagery intervention result in neurophysiological change and functional improvements compared to the imagery intervention alone. The objective of my University Scholars project is to determine how these changes in nutritional intake patterns, in conjunction with the imagery intervention, will affect blood glucose and cortisol levels, and in turn reduce pain.