Marta Van Loan

Position Title
Research Physiologist

Western Human Nutrition Research Center

Profile Introduction

Effects of dietary and exercise interventions on bone metabolism.

Research Interests

Effects of dietary and exercise interventions on bone metabolism.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Exercise Science
  • Graduate Group Nutritional Biology

Specialties / Focus

  • Exercise Physiology

Professional Societies

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Society for Clinical Nutrition
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
  • American Society for Nutrition


  • 1985 PhD University of Illinois


Weaver CM, McCabe LD, McCabe GP, Novotny R, Van Loan M, Going S, Matkovic V, Boushey C, Savaiano DA. Bone mineral and predictors of bone mass in White, Hispanic, and Asian early pubertal girls. Calcified Tissue Int’l : 81: 352-363, 2007.

Shedd KM, Hanson KB, Alekel DL, Schiferl DJ, Hanson LN, Van Loan MD. Quantifying Leisure Physical Activity and Its Relation to Bone Density and Strength. Med Sci in Sports and Exerc. 2007.

Papathakis PC, Rollins NC, Brown KH, Bennish ML, Van Loan MD. Comparison of isotope dilution with bioimpedance spectroscopy and anthropometry for assessment of body composition in asymptomic HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected breastfeeding mothers. Am J Clin Nutr 82:538-46, 2005.

Wang M.-C., Crawford PB, M Hudes, Van Loan M, Siemering K, Bachrach LK. Diet in midpuberty and sedentary activity in prepuberty predict peak bone mass. Am J Clin Nutr 77: 495-503, 2005.

Wang M.-C., Bachrach LK, Van Loan M, Hudes M, Flegal KM, Crawford PB. The relative contributions of lean tissue mass and fat mass to bone density in young women. Bone 37: 474-81, 2005.

Lin, Y., Hillegonds DJ, Gertz ER, Van Loan MD, Vogel JS. Protocol for assessing bone health in humans by tracing long-lived 41Ca isotope in urine, serum, and saliva samples. Analy Biochem 332: 193-195, 2004.

Wang, M-C., Crawford, P.B., Hudes, M., Van Loan, M, Siemering, K., Backrach, L.K. Diet in mid-puberty and sedentary activity in pre-puberty predict peak bone mass. Am J Clin Nutr 77: 495-503, 2003.

Bacon, L. Stern, J.S., Keim, N.L., Van Loan, M.D. Low bone mass in premenopausal chronic dieting obese women. Eur J Clin Nutr. 58: 966-971, 2004.

Bacon, L; Keim, NL; Van Loan, MD; Derricote, M; Gale, B; Kazaks, A; Stern, JS. 2002. Evaluating a 'non-diet' wellness intervention for improvement of metabolic fitness, psychological well-being and eating and activity behaviors. Internat'l J Obesity 26: 854-865, 2002

Van Loan, M.D. and Keim, N.L. Influence of cognitive eating restraint on bone mineral content (BMC) in premenopausal women 18 to 45 years of age: a cross- sectional study. Am J Clin Nutr 72: 837-843, 2000.