Sakita Sistrun is the bionutrition manager of the Clinical Research Services (CRS) in the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research where she manages the nutrition services of 11 inpatient beds and all outpatient clinics.
She works alongside principal investigators and consults with patients on a one-on-one basis. She has supported principal investigators on numerous projects such as working with gastric weight loss surgery patients while providing diet education and working with children who have a history of seizures.
On the seizure study, Sistrun gave nutritional support to the children’s guardians and worked individually with the children. Through a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, some of the children experienced improvements in their seizures.
Sistrun serves as a resource for research investigators as well as CRS staff by providing consultation for the nutrition components of clinical studies. These responsibilities include developing special diets, performing and interpreting body composition measurements and performing nutrition assessment and counseling.
“I enjoy working with the PIs and their coordinators,” Sistrun said. “There are many areas of research going on in the CRS, and I am glad I get to work in so many different areas.”
Sistrun received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, her master’s degree from Penn State University and completed her dietetic residency at the University of Delaware.
Whenever Sistrun has spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family as well as shopping and dancing.