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Ronald G Munger

Ronald G Munger

Director, Center for Epidemiologic Studies
Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Location:  SER Bldg. Room 127
Office Phone:  435-797-2374
Fax:  435-797-2771
Utah State University
4450 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322

Ronald G. Munger
EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, and include postdoctoral training.)
(if applicable)
Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
Biological Anthropology
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
A. Positions and Honors
Employment History
1978-82      Graduate Research Assistant, Regional Primate Lab; Department of Anthropology, University of Washington
1982-83      Epidemiologic field research, Thailand and the Philippines, (funded by the University of Washington)
1985-88      NHLBI Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Div. of Epidemiology, Univ. Minnesota School of Public Health
1988-93      Assistant Professor, Dept. Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, Univ. Iowa College of Medicine
1993-94      Associate Professor, Dept. Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health, Univ. Iowa College of Medicine
1994-01 Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Utah State University
2001- Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Utah State University
2001- Director, Center for Epidemiologic Studies, Utah State University
Honors and Awards
Phi Eta Sigma, Kansas State University, 1977.
Graduate Scholarship, University of Washington Alumnae Club, 1980-81.
Graduate Research and Travel Awards, University of Washington, 1982-84.
Dissertation Fellowship, University of Washington, 1984-85.
Graduate Associate, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, 1984-85.
Visiting Researcher Award, Department of Community Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Japan, 1987.
B. Selected peer-reviewed publications
Munger RG and Hurlich MG. Hmong deaths (letter). Science 1981;213(4511):952.
Munger RG. Sudden death in Asian populations: the case of the Hmong. In: The Hmong in the West. B. Downing and D. Olney, eds. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1982.
Munger RG. The Asian sudden death syndrome: a report on recent fieldwork among the Hmong in Thailand. In: The Hmong in Transition: proceedings of the Second Hmong Research Conference. Hendricks, et al., eds. Center for Migration Studies, Inc., New York, 1986.
Munger RG. Perspectives on postdoctoral public health training for medical anthropologists. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 1984;15(4):96-97.
Paulozzi L and Munger RG. Sudden deaths of Southeast Asian refugees in Washington state (letter). Journal of the American Medical Association 1985;253(18);2645.
Munger RG, et al. Sudden death in sleep of South-East Asian refugees (letter). The Lancet 1986;2(8515):1093-94.
Munger RG. Sudden death in sleep among Laotian refugees in Thailand: a case-control study. American Journal of Public Health 1987;77(9):1187-1190.
Munger RG. Prineas RJ and Gomez-Marin O: Continued high blood pressure among children with a family history of hypertension: the Minneapolis Childrens Blood Pressure Study. The Journal of Hypertension 1988;6(8):647-653.
Iso H, Sato S, Folsom A, Shimamoto T, Terao H, Munger RG, et al. Serum fatty acids and fish intake in rural Japanese, urban Japanese, Japanese American, and Caucasian American men. Int J Epidem 1989;18(2):374-381.
Iso H, Folsom A, Wu K, Finch A, Munger RG, Sato S, Shimamoto T, Terao A and Komachi Y. Hemostatic variables in Japanese, and Caucasian men: Plasma Fibrinogen, Factor VII C, Factor VIII C, Von Willebrand Factor and their relation to coronary risk factors. American Journal of Epidemiology 1989;130(5):925-934.
Munger RG and Woolson RF. Race, multivitamin use and neural tube defects. (Letter) Journal of the American Medical Association 1989;262(12):1633-1634.
Iso H, Wu K, Finch A, Sato S, Munger RG, Shimamoto T, Terao A and Komachi Y. Hemostatic variables in Japanese and Caucasian men: Tissue plasminogen activator, antithrombin III, protein C, and their relations to coronary risk factors. American Journal of Epidemiology 1990;132(1):41-46.
Munger RG and Booton EA. Thiamine and sudden death in sleep of South-East Asian refugees (letter). The Lancet 1990;335(8698):1154-1155.
Munger RG, Gomez-Marin O, Prineas R and Sinaiko A. Elevated blood pressure among Southeast Asian refugee children in Minnesota. American Journal of Epidemiology 1991;133(12):1257-1265.
Munger RG, Prineas RJ, Crow RC, et al. Prolonged QT interval and risk of sudden death of South-East Asian men. The Lancet 1991;338(8762):280-281.
Munger RG, Folsom AR, Kushi LH, Kaye SA and Sellers TA. Dietary assessment of older Iowa women with food frequency questionaire: nutrient intake, reproducibility, and comparison with 24-hour dietary recall interviews. American Journal of Epidemiology 136(2):192-200, 1992.
Tatsanavivat P, Chiraratkul A, Klungboonkrong V, Chaisiri S, Jarerntanyaruk L, Munger RG and Saowakontha S. Sudden and unexplained deaths in sleep (laitai) of young men in rural northeastern Thailand. International Journal of Epidemiology 21(5):904-910, 1992.
Kushi LH, Sellers TA, Potter JD, Nelson CL, Munger RG, Kaye SA and Folsom AR. Dietary fat and postmenopausal breast cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 84(14):1092-1099, 1992.
Shiang R, Lidral A, Ardinger H, Buetow K, Romitti P, Munger RG, Murray J. Association of transforming growth-factor alpha gene polymorphisms with isolated nonsyndromic cleft palate only (CPO). American Journal of Human Genetics (53), 1993.
Munger RG, Romitti P, Hanson J, Murray J, Burns, T. Maternal alcohol consumption during pregnancy and risk of orofacial cleft birth defects. Teratology.   1996;54:27-33.
Munger RG, Isacson P, Hu S, Burns T, Hanson J, Lynch C, Cherryholmes K, Van Dorpe P, and Hausler WJ. Intrauterine growth retardation in Iowa communities with herbicide-contaminated drinking water supplies. Environmental Health Perspectives. 1997;105(2):2-9.
Murray JC, Daak-Hirsch SA, Buetow, KH, Munger RG, Espina L, Paglinanwab N, Villanueva EV, Rary J, Magee K, Magee W. Clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of cleft lip and cleft palate in the Philippines. The Cleft Lip and Palate Journal. 1997; 34(1):7-10.
Christensen NK, Sorenson AW, Hendricks DG, Munger RG. Juniper ash as a source of calcium in the Navajo diet. J Am Diet Assoc. 1998;98(3):333-5.
Munger RG and Booton EA. Bangungut in Manila: sudden and unexplained death in sleep of adult Filipinos. International Journal of Epidemiology. 1998;27(4):677-84.
Romitti, P. A.; Munger, RG.; Murray, J. C.; Daack-Hirsch, S.; Hanson, J. W.; Burns, T. L. The effect of follow-up on limiting non-participation bias in genetic epidemiologic investigations. Eur J Epidemiol. 1998; 14(2):129-38.
Romitti, PA, Lidral, AC, Munger, RG, Daack-Hirsch, S. Burns, TL, Murray, JC. Candidate genes for nonsyndromic cleft lip and palate and maternal cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption: evaluation of genotype- environment interactions from a population-based case-control study of orofacial clefts. Teratology. 1999;59(1):39-50.
Munger, RG, Cerhan J, Chiu B. Prospective study of dietary protein intake and risk of hip fracture in postmenopausal women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1999;69:147-52.
Wengreen, H., Munger, R.G., Wong, SS, and West, N. Comparison of a picture-sort food-frequency questionnaire with 24-hour dietary recalls in an elderly Utah population." Public Health Nutr.   2001;4(5): 961-70
.McGready, R., Simpson, J. A., Cho, T., Dubowitz, L., Changbumrung, S., Bohm, V., Munger, RG, Sauberlich, H. E., White, N. J., Nosten, F.McGready, R., J. A. Simpson, et al. (2001). "Postpartum thiamine deficiency in a Karen displaced population." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 74(6): 808-13
Munger, R. (2002). Maternal nutrition and oral clefts. In: Cleft Lip and Palate: from Origin to Treatment. D. Wyzsynski., Editor.   Oxford University Press. New York
Mitchell, L. E., Beaty, T. H., Lidral, A. C., Munger, R. G., Murray, J. C., Saal, H. M., Wyszynski, D. F. Guidelines for the design and analysis of studies on nonsyndromic cleft lip and cleft palate in humans: summary report from a workshop of the international consortium for oral clefts genetics. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2002;39(1):93-100.
Munger, R.G. (2002) The prevention of craniofacial anomalies. In: Global Strategies to Reduce the Health-Care Burden of Craniofacial Anomalies. Report of WHO meetings on International Collaborative Research on Craniofacial Anomalies. World Health Organization. Geneva.
Hayden KM, Pieper CF, Welsh-Bohmer KA, Breitner JCS, Norton MC, Munger RG. (2004). "Self- or proxy-reported stroke and the risk of Alzheimer disease." Arch Neurol 61(6): 982.
Wengreen HJ, Munger RG, West NA, Cutler DR, Corcoran CD, Zhang J, Sassano NE. (2004) Dietary protein intake and risk of osteoporotic hip fracture in elderly residents of Utah. Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. 19(4): 537-45.
Little, J., A. Cardy, Munger, R.G. (2004). "Tobacco smoking and oral clefts: a meta-analysis." Bull World Health Organ 82(3): 213-8.
Munger RG, Sauberlich HE, Corcoran C, Nepomuceno B, Daack-Hirsch S, Solon FS. (2004) Maternal vitamin B-6 and folate status and risk of oral cleft birth defects in the Philippines. Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology. 70(7): 464-71.
Bastian L.A., West N.A., Corcoran C., Munger R.G. (2005). Number of children and the risk of obesity in older women. Preventive Medicine. 40:99-104.
Lyketsos, C. G., Toone, L., Tschanz, J., Rabins, P. V., Steinberg, M., Onyike, C. U., Corcoran, C., Norton, M., Zandi, P., Breitner, J. C., Welsh-Bohmer, K., Anthony, J. Ostbye, T., Bigler, E., Pieper, C., Burke, J., Plassman, B., Green, R. C., Steffens, D. C. Klein, L., Leslie, C., Townsend, J. J., Wyse, B. W., Munger R.G, Williams, M.(2005). "Population-based study of medical comorbidity in early dementia and "cognitive impairment, no dementia (CIND)": association with functional and cognitive impairment: The Cache County Study." Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 13(8): 656-64.
Tamura, T.. Munger R. G., Corcoran, C., Bacayao, J. Y., Nepomuceno, B., Solon, F.Tamura, T., R. G. Munger, et al. (2005). "Plasma zinc concentrations of mothers and the risk of nonsyndromic oral clefts in their children: A case-control study in the Philippines." Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 73(9): 612-6.
Zhang, J, Munger RG, West NA, Cutler DR, Wengreen HJ, Corcoran CD. (2006) Antioxidant intake and risk of osteoporotic hip fracture in Utah: an effect modified by smoking status. American Journal of Epidemiology 163 (1), 9-17.
Hayden KM, Zandi PP, Lyketsos CG, Khachaturian, A. S., Bastian, L. A., Charoonruk, G., Tschanz, J. T., Norton, M. C., Pieper, C. F., Munger, R. G., Breitner, J. C., Welsh-Bohmer, K. al. Vascular risk factors for incident Alzheimer disease and vascular dementia: the Cache County study. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. Apr-Jun 2006;20(2):93-100.
Lyketsos CG, Toone L, Tschanz J, Corcoran, C.,Norton, M.,Zandi, P.,Munger, R.,Breitner, J. C.,Welsh-Bohmer, K.A population-based study of the association between coronary artery bypass graft surgery(CABG) and cognitive decline: the Cache County study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. Jun 2006;21(6):509-518.
Wengreen H, Cutler DR, Munger R, Willing M. Vitamin D receptor genotype and risk of osteoporotic hip fracture in elderly women of Utah: an effect modified by parity. Osteoporos Int. 2006;17(8):1146-1153.
Wengreen HJ, Munger RG, Corcoran CD, Zandi P, Hayden KM, Fotuhi M, Skoog I, Norton MC, Tschanza J, Breitner JC, Welsh-Bohmer KA. Antioxidant intake and cognitive function of elderly men and women: the Cache County Study. J Nutr Health Aging. 2007;11(3):230-7.
C. Research Support
Project Number: R01 AG11380                                                                                   Dates: 05/01/02 – 03/31/07         
Source: NIH/NIA subcontract with Duke University                                                       
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer
Title: Epidemiology of Dementia in Cache County Utah
This is a population-based, longitudinal study of dementia in a population that is very long-lived, with life expectancies extending into the ninth and tenth decades. The major goals of the project are to understand the prevalence and incidence of AD across the life span in relation to a number of genetic and environmental antecedents.
Project Number: 1 R01 AG21136                                                 Dates: 09/1/02-8/31/07                                   
Source: NIH                                                                           
Principal Investigator: JoAnn T. Tschanz                                                                                             
Title: Progression of Dementia: A Population Study
This project will study the determinants of the clinical course of patients with diagnosed dementia in the Cache County, Utah, Study on Memory, Health, and Aging
Completed Projects
Project Number: 1 R01 AG18712                         Dates: 09/30/2000 to 08/31/2005                             
Source: NIH/NIA                                   
Principal Investigator: Ronald G. Munger, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Title: The Cache County Family-based Cohort Study on Aging
This is an exploratory study aimed at developing methods for longitudinal epidemiologic studies of genetic and environmental determinants of age-specified survival traits and rate-of change traits involving the cohort of the Cache County Study on Memory in Aging.
Project Number: 5 R01 AR43391                                     Dates: 04/01/1997 – 03/31/2002                 
Source: NIH/NIAMS     
Principal Investigator: Ronald G. Munger, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Title: Nutrition, Genes and Hip Fracture in Utah (The Utah Hip Fracture Study)

This is a population-based case-control study of the role of novel nutritional and genetic factors in the etiology of hip fractures in Utah residents, ages 50 years and older

 Project Number: 1 R01 HD39061                                                    Dates: 06/01/2000 to 05/31/2007     

Source: NIH/NICHD             
Principal Investigator: Ronald G. Munger, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Title: Nutrient biomarkers, genes and orofacial clefts
This is a population-based case-control study of the role of maternal nutritional and genetic factors in the etiology of orofacial clefts in Utah.