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Obesity Newsletter

March 2013 

The March Obesity Newsletter features; obesity in the press, upcoming webinars and conferences, and grant opportunities. 

 

New Study Finds:
Correlation between BMI and gut concentrations of Lactobacillus species.

 

The correlation between BMI and specific bacterial clades.

 

Full article here.

 

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Upcoming Events: Webinars and Conferences

 

Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity:  First Annual Scientific Symposium

Date and Location:

April 9th, 2013; Baltimore, Maryland

Description: The symposium theme, "Innovations in Childhood Obesity Prevention: Systems Thinking and Systems Change", will focus on ways that innovative systems science approaches can advance
the understanding of causal pathways and potential interventions to address childhood obesity
worldwide. Keynote speeches and scientific sessions will highlight peer researchers who are
internationally recognized leaders in the field, as well as exciting progress made by the Center
researchers.

Registration: Register free here.

 

American Society for Nutrition: 77th Scientific Sessions & Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2013

Date and Location:

April 20th-24th, 2013; Boston, Massachusetts

Description: Experimental Biology 2013 is on track to be one of the largest to date! Scientists and researchers in the fields of: anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, nutrition, and pharmacology will meet in Boston to discuss the strides and contributions made to the field of science. The 2013 meeting will feature over 400 booths, plenary award lectures, pre-meeting workshops, oral and poster presentations, and on-site career services.

Registration: Register here.

 

Obesity, Energy Balance and Cancer Survivorship Webinar
Date and Time:

May 10th, 2013; 2:00pm-3:30pm

Description: This webinar will address how and why obesity has negative impacts on cancer prognosis and survivorship. The attendee will learn why patients may gain weight during treatment, and how medical and lifestyle approaches can be used to better manage the positive energy balance that contributes to weight gain during and after cancer treatment. The speakers will discuss the role of the registered dietitian in facilitating neutral energy balance and prevention of unhealthy weight gain in the oncology patient and cancer survivor populations.

Registration: Register here.

 

Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior 2013 Annual Conference

Date and Location: 

August 9th-12th, 2013; Portland, Oregon  

Description: What will you gain? Access to leading-edge research, programs and policies focusing on your profession in foods and nutrition; Insights from hands-on activities and presentations; Knowledge to empower, educate and influence nutrition policy makers; Connections with other nutrition educators in government, academia, and local and private sectors as you explore new ways to move from good to great; Skills for both professional and personal enrichment; and Expanded network of colleagues from around the world.

Registration: More information here.

 

 

Grant Opportunities

Time-Sensitive Obesity Policy and Program Evaluation (R01)

 

Award Note:
The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

Deadline: March 14, 2013; April 11, 2013; May 13, 2013

Summary: This FOA issued by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK); the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI); the National Cancer Institute (NCI); the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), encourages research grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct exploratory/developmental clinical studies that will accelerate the development of effective interventions for prevention or treatment of overweight or obesity in adults and/or children. Exploratory epidemiological research with a goal of informing translational/clinical research will also be supported within this program.  

Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-12-257.html 

  

   

  

  

Exploratory/Developmental Clinical Research Grants in Obesity (R21)

  

Award Note: Direct costs are limited to $275,000 over an R21 two-year period, with no more than $200,000 in direct costs allowed in any single year.

Deadline:  June 16, 2013; October 16, 2013

Summary: This FOA issued by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK); the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI); the National Cancer Institute (NCI); the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), encourages research grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose to conduct exploratory/developmental clinical studies that will accelerate the development of effective interventions for prevention or treatment of overweight or obesity in adults and/or children. Exploratory epidemiological research with a goal of informing translational/clinical research will also be supported within this program.

Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-179.html

  

  

  

  

Obesity Policy Research: Evaluation and Measures (R01)

  

Award Note: Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. Although the financial plans of the IC(s) provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this funding opportunity are contingent upon the availability of funds. 

DeadlineJune 5, 2013; October 15, 2013

Summary: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), NIH, and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, encourages Research Project Grant (R01) applications that propose to: (1) conduct evaluation research on obesity-related "natural experiments" (defined here as community and other population-level public policy interventions that may affect diet and physical activity behavior), and/or (2) develop and/or validate relevant community-level measures (instruments and methodologies to assess the food and physical activity environments at the community level). The overarching goal of this FOA is to inform public policy and research relevant to (1) diet and physical activity behavior, and (2) weight and health outcomes of Americans.

Link:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-027.html

  

  

  

  

Maternal Nutrition and Pre-pregnancy Obesity: Effects on Mothers, Infants and Children (R01)

  

Award NoteThe number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

DeadlinesJune 5, 2013; October 5, 2013

Summary: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued by the National Institute of Nursing Research encourages R01 applications to improve health outcomes for women, infants and children, by stimulating interdisciplinary research focused on maternal nutrition and pre-pregnancy obesity. Maternal health significantly impacts not only the mother but also the intrauterine environment, and subsequently fetal development and the health of the newborn.

Link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-12-061.html

  

  

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