Philip A. May, PhD
Professor of Nutrition
Philip A. May, PhD, joined the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute in 2011 as a Research Professor. He is an expert in the epidemiology of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Dr. May has conducted extensive research on the epidemiology and risk factors for FASD, including inventories of the population based on traits of children within all four diagnoses of FASD, maternal and paternal alcohol use and abuse, childbearing variables, and maternal health factors such as dietary intake, maternal BMI, childbearing history, alcohol use biomarkers, and socioeconomic status. He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), specifically the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), over the past 25 years. Dr. May was formally trained in demography, social epidemiology, and population studies. He focuses much of his research on the epidemiologic discovery of etiology, the diagnosis of the full continuum of FASD, targeted opportunities for community-wide prevention, and programs of intervention.
At the NRI, Dr. May combines the knowledge gained from his on-the-ground research in the United States, South Africa and Italy with the institute’s advancements in developing an individualized approach to nutrition. “We have made great progress identifying the demographic and behavioral risk factors for FASD in some populations,” Dr. May explains. “Now we are examining individual risk factors such as nutritional deficiencies in mothers and children including how genetics, epigenetics, and metabolism influence the severity of FASD outcomes. Hopefully this new focus of our research will provide insights and applications for precision nutrition and precision medical interventions for children living with FASD.”
May Team L-R: Julie Hasken, Phil May, Dixie Hedrick
Back: Phil May, Malick Dieng,* Eddie Serrano*
Front: Julie Haskens, Mike Mackin*, Dixie Hedrick
*–NRI Finance Team