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Clinical, Behavioral, and Epidemiological Obesity Research

The Clinical, Behavioral, and Epidemiological Obesity Research program supports clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological research focused on improved understanding of the development and modulation of obesity.

This research program includes clinical and behavioral studies in humans examining topics such as, but not limited to, identifying and understanding risk factors for the development and/or maintenance of excess weight gain, including basic behavioral, psychological, and social mechanisms and variation in dietary intake, dietary composition, meal frequency, eating patterns, sedentary behavior, and physical activity.  In addition, this program also supports research to understand metabolic effects and co-morbidities associated with obesity.  Studies across the lifespan, in various weight categories, and in high-risk populations are of interest.

The program supports the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data on obesity, weight status, weight control throughout the lifespan, and obesity-related disorders of public health significance, with particular emphasis on surveillance and follow-up studies.  Correlation and association analyses of risk factors for overweight/obesity—including environmental, psychological, social, economic—and secondary data analyses using data from a variety of sources, such as nationally representative, regional, or locally based data sets, are also supported.
Other relevant research projects would include methodologies to improve assessment of dietary intake and energy expenditure; i.e., sedentary behavior and physical activity, in humans.
The Clinical, Behavioral, and Epidemiological Obesity Research program does not support research to test nutrition or obesity prevention and treatment approaches.  For obesity prevention and treatment research, please see the Obesity Treatment and Prevention Program.  For clinical nutrition research, please see Clinical and Epidemiological Nutrition Research.

 NIDDK Staff

Mary Evans, Ph.D.Special Projects in Nutrition, Obesity, and Digestive Diseases; Lifestyle Interventions in Obesity; Nutrition Obesity Research CentersMary Horlick, M.D.Clinical Bariatric Surgery; Pediatric Clinical Obesity ResearchChristine Hunter, Ph.D., ABPPClinical research on behavioral treatments and prevention for obesity and diabetes; Centers for Diabetes Translational Research.
Robert Kuczmarski, Dr.P.H.Obesity Prevention and TreatmentPadma Maruvada, Ph.D.Nutrient Metabolism; Clinical Obesity and Nutrition


 Related Funding Opportunities

Posted DateTitleFull Announcement
4/22/2014Revisions to Add Biomedical Big Data Training to Active Institutional Training Grants (T32) (Summary) RFA-HG-14-005
3/7/2014Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (Parent F31) (Summary) PA-14-147
3/7/2014Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31 - Diversity) (Summary) PA-14-148
3/7/2014Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32) (Summary) PA-14-149
3/7/2014Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD or Other Dual-Doctoral Degree Fellowship (Parent F30) (Summary) PA-14-150
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 Research Resources

Resource NameDescription
NIDDK Information Network

The NIDDK Information Network (dkNET), serves the needs of basic and clinical investigators by providing seamless access to large pools of data relevant to the mission of NIDDK. The goal of … (Summary)

Hyperglycemia and Pregnancy Outcomes Follow-Up Study Consortium

The goal of this follow-up study of mothers who participated in the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes (HAPO) study, is to determine the levels of blood sugar during pregnancy that … (Summary)

Action to Control Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Diabetes Follow-up Study
ACCORDION (sponsored by NHLBI) is a prospective, observational follow-up study of at least 8000 participants who were treated and followed in the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in … (Summary)
Action for Health in Diabetes
Look AHEAD is a 16-center, randomized clinical trial investigating the long-term health effects of an intensive lifestyle intervention designed to produce weight loss. Look AHEAD enrolled … (Summary)
Diabetic Complications Consortium
The goal of the NIDDK-sponsored Diabetic Complications Consortium (DiaComp) is to foster communication and collaboration between investigator communities involved in complications research.  … (Summary)

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 NIDDK Active Trials in Obesity

View related clinical trials from ClinicalTrials.gov.


 Related Study Sections

Study sections conduct initial peer review of applications in a designated scientific area. View related study sections from the NIH's Center for Scientific Review.​