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Minnesota Obesity Center

Minnesota Obesity Center

The Minnesota Obesity Center is a Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) funded by the National Institute of Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health.

The Minnesota Obesity Center has a strong and diverse research base consisting of 73 active investigators with 137 funded projects in obesity, energy metabolism and eating disorders, generating over $34 million per year in grant support for their investigations.

The Center incorporates researchers who are studying the causes and treatments of obesity. These investigators are from the University of Minnesota, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center, Hennepin County Medical Center, and HealthPartners Research Foundation.

The MN Obesity Center awards small research grants through its Pilot and Feasibility Program, with additional support provided through the Core Facilities. The Education Enrichment Program provides the general public with a source of information on the happenings of the Center and on the current developments in the field of obesity. This program includes a bi-monthly seminar series.

The Minnesota Obesity Center is a proud member of the Obesity Consortium of Minnesota. The Consortium was formed to further facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration and foster cooperation in obesity research, education, and outreach efforts.  Co-chairs of the Consortium are Robert W. Jeffery, PhD and Allen S. Levine, PhD.

Research Services

The Minnesota Obesity Center is one of 12 Nutrition Obesity Research Centers (NORCs) funded by the NIDDK/NIH.  If the Minnesota Obesity Center does not provide a research service that you are looking for, it is possible that the service is provided by another NORC.  Research services offered by the other NORCs are listed on this website:

Research Acknowledgement

It is important to cite the center grant in all publications resulting from the use of NORC services. The productivity and effectiveness of the Center is measured in part by the citation of the grant in published work.  Please use the following acknowledgement in your publications:

"These studies were supported in part by NIH/NIDDK NORC Grant Number P30 DK050456.”

Minnesota Obesity Prevention Training (MnOPT) Fellowship Program


Northrup Auditorium

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

VA Medical Center
VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN