Obesity Research Interest Group


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.

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)
Professor, Psychology
Michelle Cloutier, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics
UConn Health

Helen Swede, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Community Medicine
UConn Health
Linda Pescatello, Ph.D.
Board of Trustees Distinguished
Professor, Kinesiology

Amy Mobley, Ph.D., R.D.
Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences
Alicia Dugan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Medicine
UConn Health

Join Us

For more information on graduate programs, see Obesity Research & Graduate Study flyer
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Upcoming events

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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!

ORIG Highlights: 2016-2017

ORIG sponsors a variety of activities throughout the year.

  • 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.