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.
The University of Minnesota School of Public Health and HealthPartners Research Foundation researchers have been awarded a $7 million federally-funded grant to tackle childhood obesity in a unique three pronged approach that focuses on parents of preschool children.
The seven-year grant, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will support the creation of a Childhood Obesity Center within the U of M where parental influence is paramount. Researchers will combine primary care, a child’s home environment and community-based intervention strategies into a program that aims to spark changes in food intake, physical activity and body weight among low-income, ethnically diverse children. For full text, click here: