Individualized Nutrition Therapy for Preventing/Delaying Type 2 Diabetes

What We Do

The Individualized Nutrition Therapy Study is conducted by researchers at the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies led by Dr. Raedeh Basiri. The study is a randomized, controlled trial that provides adults aged between 45-65 who are at risk of type 2 diabetes either an individualized nutrition therapy intervention that contains individualized dietary goal-setting components or standard-of-care generalized dietary recommendation.

We aim to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes and related cardiovascular diseases.

We recruit participants with a BMI between 25 and 39.9 kg/m2 and HbA1c between 5.7 to 6.4. If you don’t know your BMI or HbA1c, we can measure them for you.

The results of this study may support the role of individualized nutrition therapy as an effective way to improve glycemic control and reduce cardiovascular disease in individuals with prediabetes.


This diabetes research is funded by the College of Public Health at George Mason University.

Our Team

Raedeh Basiri

Dr. Raedeh Basiri, PhD, RDN, is an Assistant Professor in the Nutrition and Food Studies Department. Her research interests involve the relationship between eating patterns and the prevention of chronic diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. Dr. Basiri is also a Registered Dietitian and has worked as an RDN in inpatient and outpatient settings.


Blessing Seidu, graduate research assistant, joined the MS in Nutrition program at George Mason University in the fall of 2022 after receiving her MBA from the University of Mary Washington and a Master's in Communication from The Hague University. She is interested in clinical research, especially on the Impact of nutritional therapy on the severity of diabetes.


Evelynne Chi Lam Lee, graduate research assistant, is currently pursuing a M.S. in nutrition at George Mason University and is expected to graduate in 2024. She went to West Virginia University and received her B.S. in human nutrition and foods with a minor in food science. She is interested in clinical research and preventing the onset of symptoms in chronic diseases.


Pooja Thakkar, graduate research assistant, is currently pursuing an MPH in epidemiology at George Mason University. Being a Victim of Type 1 diabetes by birth, her interest grew in Autoimmune illnesses and how Nutrition can help with Autoimmunity and Diabetes.


Mayuree Rimpisiri, OSCAR student, is pursuing a Bachelor of Community Health with a concentration in Global Health at George Mason University. She strives to learn more about infectious diseases and is interested in public health nutrition and epidemiology. She is working part-time to assist with clinical nutrition studies.