Dr. Hutchins-Wiese is interested in examining the effect of diet and dietary patterns on bone health and risk for osteoporosis, frailty, and maintenance of independence in older adults. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and the impact of a modulated fatty acid intake (i.e. reduced saturated fat and increased monounsaturated and/or n-3 polyunsaturated fat) within the context of a nutrient-rich diet, such as the Mediterranean Diet, are of particular interest. She enjoys working with older adult populations to promote their well-being. As such, Dr. Hutchins-Wiese is also interested in studying the impact of diet in populations with accelerated loss of function and independence, such as hip fracture and diabetes.