Obesity Research Interest Group

Description

Welcome to the webpage for the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) / Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) Obesity Research Interest Group, or the “ORIG” for short.The mission of this CICATS/InCHIP group is to bring together researchers and stakeholders from the greater Connecticut community who share a common interest in understanding, preventing, and treating obesity and related co-morbidities.  The group has over 140 members from multiple campuses and over 20 departments at UConn, and it also includes community partners and researchers from other institutions in the region.

The group meets twice a year, co-sponsors obesity-related talks as part of the InCHIP lecture series, and hosts an information/discussion listserv to share research ideas and funding opportunities.

Join Us

To join the ORIG, contact Dr. Amy Gorin at amy.gorin@uconn.edu.

Leadership Team

The CICATS/InCHIP Obesity Research Interest Group Leadership Team is comprised of faculty from both UConn-Storrs and UCHC and is headed by Amy Gorin:

Amy Gorin, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP)
Associate Professor, Psychology
UConn
amy.gorin@uconn.edu
 
Michelle Cloutier, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics
UConn Health
mclouti@connecticutchildrens.org

Helen Swede, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine
UConn Health
swede@uchc.edu
 
Linda Pescatello, Ph.D.
Board of Trustees Distinguished
Professor, Kinesiology
UConn
linda.pescatello@uconn.edu

Amy Mobley, Ph.D., R.D.
Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences
UConn
amy.mobley@uconn.edu
 
Alicia Dugan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Medicine
UConn Health
adugan@uchc.edu

Upcoming events

Thursday, 9/8/2016

Speaker: Leonard Epstein, Ph.D. University at Buffalo,
Lecture title: “Reinforcement Pathology and Obesity.”
Time and location: 12:30-1:30pm in Room 204 (2nd Floor)

Thursday, 2/23/2017

Speaker: J. Graham Thomas, Ph.D. Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Lecture title: “Digital Health Technology for the Assessment and Treatment of Obesity and Related Behaviors.”
Time and location: 12:30-1:30pm in Room 204 (2nd Floor)

ORIG Hightlights

ORIG Highlights: 2015-2016

ORIG sponsors a variety of activities throughout the year.

  • In December 2015 ORIG hosted its Annual Obesity Research Retreat.
  • In October 2015, ORIG hosted Alice Ammerman (DrPH , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) gave a presentation on “Heart Healthy Lenoir: A Multi-Level CVD Risk Reduction Intervention in the Stroke Belt.”
  • In March 2016, Elsie M. Taveras (MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children/Harvard Medical School) gave a lecture entitled, “Improving Childhood Obesity Management-Learning and Applying Best Practices to Positive Outliers.”
  • In April 2016 InCHIP Affiliate Julie Wagner (PhD, Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences) presented on “Diabetes, Culture, and Mental Health in Vulnerable Populations.”
  • ORIG affiliates published 275 obesity-related articles!
  • ORIG affiliates submitted 38 grants totally over 17 million dollars and received over 9 million dollars of funding during the 2016 fiscal year!