Robert Cooney, PhD

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Robert Cooney, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology & Environmental Sciences

Academic Degrees

  • PhD (Chemistry) University of California at San Diego
  • BA (Chemistry) Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests

Dr. Cooney's area of interest is on the role of diet and lipid-soluble antioxidants in the prevention of chronic diseases of aging and survival. His current research is focused on the epidemiology and molecular mechanisms of action for lipid micronutrients such as Vitamin D, tocopherols, coenzyme Q10, and carotenoids. His past research has been instrumental in identifying the molecular mechanism of action for γ-tocopherol in preventing nitrogen oxide-mediated DNA damage and unique associations between γ-tocopherol and other lipid micronutrients in humans. Recent studies have focused on the relation of these micronutrient levels with inflammation and survival in human populations.

2007-2010 NIH/NCI RO3 CA132149 Interactions of coenzyme Q10 with plasma tocopherols and their role in breast cancer prevention. (B. Cooney)

2007-2010 NIH/NCI R03 CA130061 Inflammatory Markers in a 2-Year Soy Intervention among Pre-menopausal Women (G. Makarinec)

Selected Publications

Ollberding NJ, Maskarinec G, Conroy SM, Morimoto Y, Franke AA, Cooney RV, Wilkens LR, Le Marchand L, Goodman MT, Hernandez BY, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN.  (2012)  Prediagnostic circulating carotenoid levels and the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: the Multiethnic Cohort. Blood 119(24):5817-23.

Lim U, Turner SD, Franke AA, Wilkens LR, Ernst T, Cooney RV, Albright CL, Novotny R, Chang L, Kolonel LN, Murphy SP, Le Marchand L.  (2012)  Predicting Total, Abdominal, Visceral and Hepatic Adiposity with Circulating Biomarkers.  PLOS1 2012;7(8):e43502.

Cooney RV, Chai W, A. A. Franke, Caberto C,  Wilkens LR, Kolonel LN, Custer LJ, Morrison CM, Le Marchand  L.  (2013) Plasma Lipid-soluble Micronutrients, C-Reactive Protein and Survival in Colorectal Cancer Patients.  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev   22(7):1278-88.

Chai W, Bostick RM, Franke AA, Cooney, RV. (2014) Effects of Vitamin D and Calcium Supplementation on Blood Pressure and Serum Lipids and Carotenoids: A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Clinical Trial.  Annals of Epidemiology  23:564-70.

Morimoto Y, Ollberding NJ, Cooney RV, Wilkens LR, Franke AA, Le Marchand L, Goodman MT, Hernandez BY, Kolonel LN, Maskarinec G.  (2013) Prediagnostic serum tocopherol levels and the risk of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: The Multiethnic Cohort Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 22(11):2075-83).