Obesity Research Interest Group

Description

Welcome to the webpage for the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) / Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) Obesity Research Interest Group, or the “ORIG” for short. The mission of this InCHIP/CICATS 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.

Leadership Team

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

Amy Gorin, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP)
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

Join Us

For more information on graduate programs, see Obesity Research & Graduate Study flyer
To join the Obesity RIG, please fill out the form below:

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Tatiana Andreyeva

Tatiana Andreyeva

 


Valerie Duffy

Valerie Duffy

 


Pouran Faghri

Pouran Faghri

 


Kim Gans

Kim Gans

 


Amy Gorin

Amy Gorin

 


Tricia Leahey

Tricia Leahey

 


Jeanne McCaffery

Jeanne McCaffery

 


Amy Mobley

Amy Mobley

 


Sherry Pagoto

Sherry Pagoto

 


Linda Pescatello

Linda Pescatello

 


Rebecca Puhl

Rebecca Puhl

 


Diane Quinn

Diane Quinn

 


Marlene Schwartz

Marlene Schwartz

 


Leslie Snyder

Leslie Snyder

 


Molly Waring

Molly Waring

 

Upcoming Events

Check back soon for more events!

Obesity RIG Highlights

ORIG Highlights: 2015-2016

  • 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!

ORIG Highlights: 2016-2017

  • In October 2017 ORIG hosted its Graduate Student Welcome Reception which was an opportunity for graduate students, with an interest in obesity research, to meet each other and have the opportunity to learn about the research of ORIG faculty and their peers in a supportive setting.