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Obesity Treatment and Prevention

The Obesity Treatment and Prevention program supports research on the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity across the lifespan.  Research focuses on critical periods for excess weight gain or high-risk populations.

Prevention research includes studies of treatment approaches to stop the initial development of overweight/obesity or to prevent additional weight or fat gain in those already overweight or obese.  These approaches include behavioral, lifestyle, or environmental interventions to improve diet, decrease sedentary behavior, and increase physical activity.  Treatment research focuses on clinical trials that evaluate different approaches to losing weight, improving BMI percentile in growing children, or maintaining weight loss.  These interventions involve behavioral, pharmacologic, and surgical approaches.

Research to understand and address psychosocial risk factors related to weight management is also supported.  For example, obesity research addressing binge eating, stress, impulsivity, and the influence of social networks might be supported if the primary aim is to improve weight management.

The program also promotes research testing environmental, policy-based, and population-based approaches to the prevention and treatment of obesity, including studies evaluating the impact of programs or policies on diet, physical activity, or obesity development.

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 NIDDK Staff

 
Dana K. Andersen, M.D.Observational and Investigational Clinical Research; Biomedical Devices, Surgical Interventions, and MedicationsMary 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 Research
Christine 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 Treatment

 

 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 and Nutrition

 
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.