Systems-Oriented Pediatric Obesity Research and Training (SPORT) Center Grant
To establish a Global Center of Excellence of childhood obesity and chronic disease research and training based on a transdisciplinary systems science framework and systems-based methodologies, including the use of systems modeling to capture the complexity of the etiology of childhood obesity and the potential impact of environmental and policy interventions. Over 40 well established investigators from 15 leading US and international institutions bring transdisciplinary expertise to bear in highly relevant areas. The Center will build upon a solid research and training base with ongoing NIH funded projects directly related to childhood obesity and systems analysis. The center, structured as U.S. institutions in partnership with international institutions, will undertake epidemiological research linking biological with environmental and macrosocial factors of childhood obesity, conduct and provide developmental research funding for environmental and policy evaluations and/or interventions, and establish an infrastructure for postgraduate systems-oriented research and training in the field of obesity and chronic disease prevention and control.