Lara Dugas

Lara Dugas

Dr Lara Dugas, PhD, MPH received her doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2004 and her MPH from Loyola University Chicago in 2013.  She is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago.

Dr Dugas is involved with several multi-country research studies investigating the effects of physical activity and diet on the development of chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes in diverse populations. Dr Dugas is also one of the founding members of the Loyola University Chicago Sports Medicine Epidemiology research group, focused on understanding the role of early sports specialization on the risk for sports injuries in adolescent athletes. 

Finally, Dr Dugas remains engaged in the exercise community and is a team member of the Research on the Run Race Across the USA 2015 research team, exploring the energetics and body composition changes in athletes running a marathon every day, for 140 days from the West Coast of the USA (Huntington Beach, CA), to Boydton, VA.