Current Research

The purpose of the TREO_MS study is to test the safety, acceptability, and effectiveness of time restricted eating for improving symptoms and clinical outcomes of multiple sclerosis. Participants will follow a type of intermittent fasting known as 16:8 for 8 weeks. On the 16:8 diet, you will eat all your food during an 8 hour window, and fast for the remaining 16 hours each day.

You may qualify for this study if you:

  • are between the ages of 21-65
  • have been diagnoses with Relapsing-Remitting MS
  • can walk 25 feet with or without assistance

Clinical Trials Registration Number: NCT04389970, Funded by the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center

The purpose of the 24 START study is to examine the effectiveness of a low carbohydrate diet on increasing dietary adherence and improving cardiometabolic risk factors among adults with spinal cord injury (SCI). Participants will be randomly assigned to follow one of two diets while participating in a 6-month behavioral lifestyle intervention implemented through a novel eHealth platform specially designed for individuals with SCI.

You may qualify for this study if you:

  • are between the ages of 21-60
  • have a spinal cord injury
  • have a BMI of 22-55
  • have access to the internet

Clinical Trials Registration Number: NCT02630524, Funded by NIH/NICHD

Previously Completed Studies

The purpose of the ABC’s of MS study was to test the efficacy of a combined diet and physical activity intervention for reducing cardiometabolic risks and MS symptoms when compared to a physical activity intervention alone.

Clinical Trials Registration Number: NCT03808545, Funded by the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center


This project aimed to determine the feasibility of delivering a comprehensive behavioral lifestyle intervention including dietary and exercise components via an internet-delivered telehealth coaching program. Further, investigators gathered preliminary data on the change in multiple sclerosis clinical outcomes and cardiometabolic risk factors after participation in the intervention. The outcomes will inform the design of a larger randomized controlled trial.

Clinical Trials Registration Number: NCT03372187, Funded by the National MS Society


The purpose of this study was to develop a valid method for segmental body composition assessment using bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) in a group of adults with spinal cord injury.

Funded by Paralyzed Veterans of America

Recent Publications

  • Wingo, B.C., Rinker, J.R., Goss, A.M., Green, K., Wicks, V., Cutter, G., Motl, R. (2020). Feasibility of improving dietary quality using a telehealth lifestyle intervention for adults with multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. 46:102504. DOI: 10.1016/j.msard.2020.102504.
  • Wingo, B.C., Yang, D., Davis, D., Padalabalanarayanan, S., Hopson, B., Thirumalai, M., Rimmer, J.H. (2020) Lessons learned from a blended telephone/e-health platform for caregivers in promoting physical activity and nutrition in children with a mobility disability. Disability and Health Journal. 13(1):100826. DOI: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2019.100826. PMID: 31416771, PMCID: PMC6901757.
  • Yahiro, A.M., Wingo, B.C., Kunwor, S., Parton, J., Ellis, A.E. (2019). Classification of obesity, cardiometabolic risk, and metabolic syndrome in adults with spinal cord injury. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 8:1-12. DOI: 10.1080/10790268.2018.1557864. PMID: 30620685.
  • Wingo, B.C., Lein, D.H., Barstow, B., Eidson, C.A., Pearce, T.S., Malone, L., Morris, D.M. (2019). Preparing entry-level physical and occupational therapy students to promote healthy lifestyles with individuals with disabilities: Part 2, Emphasizing healthy eating. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education. 3:1.
  • Wingo, B.C., Lein, D.H., Barstow, B., Eidson, C.A., Pearce, T.S., Malone, L., Morris, D.M. (2019). Preparing Entry-Level Occupational and Physical Therapy Students to Promote Healthy Lifestyles with Individuals with Disabilities. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education. 3:1.

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