Grant Review: Program Reviewers

A number of established scientists and senior members of TOS have generously agreed to volunteer their time to work with the Early-Career Grant Review Program.

Early career investigators who are submitting their Specific Aims for review under this program are required to identify at least two possible reviewers who would be suitable to review their material from the list of investigators provided below.

***Under no circumstances are early-career investigators participating in this program to contact these reviewers directly. After submitting an application, the TOS Early-Career Investigator Committee will match program applicants with senior reviewers.***


David E. Arterburn, MD Associate Investigator, Group Health Research Institute, Center For Health Studies, Seattle, WA

Bariatric surgery
Pharmaceutical clinical trials
Outcomes research
Health services research
Health care policy research
Shared decision making

Charles Billington, MD

Professor of Medicine, Metabolic Section (111G)

University of Minnesota Minneapolis

VA Medical Center

Neuroscience of obesity
Neuroscience of appetite
Neuroscience of activity
Neuroscience of energy balance
Animal models of obesity
Clinical treatment of obesity
Kong Y. Chen, PhD, MSCI

Director, Clinical Investigator

Metabolic Research Core Intramural Research Program/NIDDK National Institutes of Health, Clinical Endocrinology Branch, Bethesda, MD

Behavior, metabolic, energy balance in human nutrition and disease, measurement of energy metabolism, physiological regulations of energy metabolism, technologies for measuring body composition and physical activity
Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD, FACP

Associate Professor, Director

Health Behavior & Society Joint Appts: Medicine; International Health-Human Nutrition Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center

Behavior, Comorbidities, Treatment/Prev, obesity treatment, weight management, gastroenterology, lifestyle and health
Theodore P. Ciaraldi, PhD

Project Scientist, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism

Department of Medicine
University of California, San Diego
VA San Diego Healthcare System, la Jolla, CA

Cellular, metabolic, diabetes mellitus, carbohydrate metabolism, insulin resistance, fatty acid metabolism, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome, signal transduction mechanisms by which insulin regulates carboyhdrate metabolism, chronic regulation of glucose and free fatty acid metabolism
Anthony G. Comuzzie, PhD

Scientist, Department of Genetics Group Leader, Chronic Disease and Genomics

Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research Southwest National Primate Research Center

Genetic epidemiology of obesity and its associated co-morbidities with experience in both human populations and non-human primates
Robert V. Consodine, PhD

Indiana University School of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Indianapolis, IN

Type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery induced weight loss
Marc-Andre Cornier, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes

Anschutz Health and Wellness Center
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Anschutz Medical Campus

Regulation of food intake (clinical/human studies)
Kirsten Davison, PhD

Donald and Sue Pritzker Associate Professor of Nutrition
Department of Nutrition
Department of Society, Human Development, and Health
Harvard School of Public Health

Behavior, pediatrics, childhood obesity; parenting practices linked with children's health behaviors, physical activity patterns among children and adolescents, environmental and community predictors of children's physical activity, psychological benefits of physical activity among youth.
Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD

Associate Professor
Infections and Obesity Laboratory
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Louisiana State University System
Baton Rouge, LA

Adipocyte biology
Glucose metabolism
Insulin signaling
Animal models of obesity
Obesity treatment—human
Obesity and infections

Zora Djuric, PhD

Research Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Department of Environmental Health Sciences University of Michigan room 2150 Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Treatment/Prev, cancer prevention and the lifestyle changes that can be used to reduce cancer risk, encompasses both behavioral aspects of prevention as well as laboratory-based research on biomarkers of cancer risk

Christina Economos

Associate Director, John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention,
Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and School of Medicine
Tufts University

Interaction between exercise, diet, body composition, bone health, and the built environment aimed at preventing osteoporosis and obesity, starting in early childhood.
Myles S.Faith, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Childhood obesity treatment/prevention

Behavioral genetics

Familial influences on childhood obesity

Behavior, Genetic, Pediatrics, Treatment/Prev

Alison E. Field, ScD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA

Behavior, Epidem/Popsci, Pediatrics, Physical Activity, Treatment/Prev, modifiable causes, correlates, consequences, and course of obesity and disordered eating among children, adolescents, and adult women.
Gary D. Foster, PhD Professor Of Med. & Pub. Health & Director, Center For Obesity Research & Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Behavior, Metabolic, Treatment/Prev, behavioral and metabolic aspects of obesity with treatment approaches including behavior therapy, pharmacotherapy, and surgery.
sleep apnea, low- and high-carbohydrate diets, and the prevention of obesity and diabetes in school settings, behavioral changes; schools

Lori A. Francis, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health

The Center for Diverse Families and Communities The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Family and Child Health Laboratory
Amy Gardner House

Behavior, Pediatrics, Treatment/Prev, sociocultural factors influencing obesity in low-income and minority children
family environment, neighborhood characteristics and socioeconomic status
Marjorie R. (Margie) Freedman, PhD

Assistant Professor

Nutrition and Food Science Department San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Treatment/Prev, Pediatric Obesity, environmental correlates of obesity, nutrition labeling, portion sizes, community nutrition and nutrition education.
Dympna Gallagher, PhD Associate Professor, Nutritional Medicine
Director, Body Composition Unit New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Columbia University
Body composition and energy metabolism in pediatrics and adults.
Christopher D. Gardner, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Stanford Prevention Research Center Stanford University School of Medicine

Diet intervention trials, popular weight loss diets, lifestyle interventions, Nutrition/diet, Dietary intervention trials designed to test the effects of food components or food patterns on chronic disease risk factors (body weight, blood lipids, and inflammatory markers).

G. Ken Goodrick, PhD Adj Assoc Prof, Baylor College Of Medicine, Houston, TX Behavior, physical activity, Treatment/Prev
Michael I. Goran, PhD

Professor & Associate Director, Inst. for Prevention Research, University Southern California, Llos Angeles, LA

Pediatrics HEALTHY study Hispanic children Insulin resistance/type 2 diabetes, Mechanism linking fat accumulation to risk of diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease and certain cancers in youth and how this can be reversed with novel interventions.
Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD

Associate Professor of Nutrition

Schools of Public Health & Medicine University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Population Center

Pediatric Obesity, Epidemiology, Patterns of determinants of obesity, diet, physical activity, and inactivity
Individual, genetic susceptibility to environmental factors.
Social inequality and health disparities.
Danielle Greenberg, PhD, FACN

Director, Nutrition and Scientific Affairs,


Satiety, brain-gut peptides, sugars metabolism, population statistics

Frank Greenway, MD Medical Director, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA

Obesity clinical trials
Developing new treatments, especially in pharmaceuticals, devices, dietary herbal supplements and medical foods.

Alok K. Gupta, MD, FAAFP, FASH Associate Profesor, Clinical Research, Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Louisiana State University Systemn, Baton Rouge, LA

Prehypertension, Prediabetes, CVD risk assesment, Circadian blood pressure variability

Gail G. Harrison, PhD

Professor, Director Senior Research Scientist Associate Director,

UCLA School of Public Health UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Program for Healthy and At-Risk Populations, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control UCLA/Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA

Behavior, Epidem/Popsci, Pediatrics, Treatment/Prev, Health Policy Research; Determinants, measurement, and functional consequences of nutrition, malnutrition, and food security, both in the U.S. and internationally

Mark L. Heiman, PhD

VP for Research and CSO Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine

NuMe Health, LLC

Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Metabolic, Neurosciences, Treatment/Prev, Metabolic physiology of energy homeostasis.  Regulation of food intake and body weight that utilizes expertise in molecular biology, histology, study of ingestive behavior, neuroendocrinology, metabolic physiology and transgenic mouse technology.
CJ Segal Isaacson, EdD, RD Assistant Professor/nutrition Scientist, Albert Einstein College Of Medicine, Health, Behavior & Nutrition, Bronx, NY

Behavior, Epidem/Popsci, Metabolic, Treatment/Prev,

1. The long term health effects of low versus high glycemic load of foods.
2. The nutritional aspects of immigrant populations and cculturation.
3. Breast cancer and nutrition.

Elissa Jelalian, PhD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center; Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Weight control in children and adolescents, Adolescent weight regulation and the familial transmission of eating and weight patterns.
Michael D. Jensen, MD Endocrine Research Unit
Mayo Clinic
Fatty acid metabolism and body fat distribution in humans
Zhihua Jiang, PhD Associate Professor of Animal Genomics, Dept. of Animal Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA Genetic, Functional Genomics
Sangeeta Kashyap, MD Staff Physician, Endocrinology Institute Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH Type 2 Diabetes, Insulin Resistance

Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, FACSM, FAHA

Associate Executive Director for Population Science
Professor and Louisiana Public Facilities Authority Endowed Chair
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Physical activity, obesity epidemiology, pediatric obesity

Sibylle Kranz, PhD, RD

Associate Professor Director of the Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Member of the Ingestive Behavior Research Center

Department of Foods and Nutrition Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Behavior, Epidem/Popsci, Pediatrics, Treatment/Prev
Blandine Laferrère, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center
Columbia University College of Physician and Surgeons
New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center

Clinical research, gut peptides, bariatric surgery, diabetes, effect of weight loss or calorie restriction
Barry E. Levin, MD Professor Of Neurosciences, Neurology Service (127C) VA Medical Center, east Orange, NJ Metabolic, neurosciences
Michael R. Lowe, PhD


Research Consultant

The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders Department of Psychology Drexel University

Food reward and obesity
Nutrition-focused interventions for obesity prevention and treatment
Neuroimaging and obesity
Carey Lumeng, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics, Pulmonary Division, Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Basic Science Adipose Tissue Inflammation Macrophages Adipocytes

Corby Martin, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, Ingestive Behavior Laboratory
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Psychology and behavior change; food intake and exercise behavior; telehealth, mHealth, or eHealth interventions; weight management.
Brian K. McFarlin, PhD, FACSM

Associate Professor, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Immunology, Department of Health and Human Performance University of Houston, Houston, TX

Cellular, Comorbidities, Metabolic, Pediatrics, Physical Activity, Treatment/Prev

Health Services Research, Obesity and Cancer, Pediatric Obesity

Julie A. Mennella, PhD

Monell Chemical Senses Center

Sensitive periods in human flavor learning and growth, age-related changes in taste perception and effects on dietary habits.

Gary Miller, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Health and Exercise Science, Reynolds Gym, Room 315 Wake Forest University

Obesity with regards to older adults Physical function, mobility disability, physical activity, and inflammation with the condition.
Jon Moon, PhD

President and Owner of MEI Research

eHealth, technology-related grants
Timothy H. Moran, PhD

Paul R. McHugh Professor

Sch. of Med, Psychiatry & BehavioralScience, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Naima Moustaid-Moussa, PhD

Professor & Co-Director
Department of Animal Science UT Obesity Research Center The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Cellular, Comorbidities, Genetic, Metabolic, Pediatrics, Treatment/Prev
Martin G. Myers, Jr., MD, PhD

Marilyn H. Vincent Professor of Diabetes Research Associate Professor of Medicine and Physiology

University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI

Cellular, Metabolic, Neurosciences
Jennifer Nasser, PhD, RD Assistant Professor, Drexel University, Nutrition Division, Philadelphia, PA Behavior, Metabolic, Neurosciences, Treatment/Prev
PE Papanek, PhD, MPT, LAT, FACSM Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Program Director, Exercise Science Graduate Program Director, CTRH, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI Exercise, physical activity interventions, Cardiovascular adaptations, bone mineral density, Reproductive hormones (HP ovarian axis)
Elizabeth Parks, PhD Associate Professor, Univ. Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dept. Of Internal Medicine, Ctr. For Human Nutrition, Dallas, Texas Metabolic, clinical management
Alessandro Pocai, PhD Senior Research Fellow, Merck & Co, Metabolic Disorders Division, Rahway, NJ

Metabolic, Neurosciences

Bariatric Surgery, Obesity and Cancer

Walter J. Pories, MD, FACS

Director, Bariatric Surgery Research Program Professor of Surgery, Biochemistry, Sport and Exercise Science

Brody School of Medicine East Carolina University

Bariatric surgery, exercise science
Susan Raatz, PhD, MPH, RD

Research Nutritionist

Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center

Macronutrients Omega-3 fatty acids Clinical trials Chronic disease prevention with diet
Donna H. Ryan, MD


Associate Executive Director for Clinical Research

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Behavior, Treatment/Prev, Diabetes interventions obesity education translational research
Gary J. Schwartz, PhD Departments of Medicine & Neuroscience Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University Gut brain communication Hypothalamus, brainstem autonomic controls Neurobiology of food intake Food reward, thermoregulation and adipose tissue neural control of hepatic glucose production vagal function

Steven R. Smith, MD

Professor and Scientific Director

Translational Research Institute
Florida Hospital Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

Basic cell molecular
Energy Metabolism (general)
Substrate switching / fuel metabolism *_Clinical / human_*
Adipose tissue biology and pathology
Obesity pharmacotherapy Endocrinology of adipose tissue
Energy metabolism and thermogenesis

Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD

Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine
Director, Responsible Conduct in Research 
USC Keck School of Medicine

Pediatric obesity, using new technologies to understand health-related behaviors in real time and to intervene adaptively to support lasting changes in obesity

Jacqeline M. Stephens, PhD

Pennington Biomedical and Louisiana State University

Adipocyte biology, insulin signaling, transcriptional regulatio
Victor J. Stevens, PhD

Senior Investigator
Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research

Many rcts; health promotion in large population studies and worksite wellness, health behavoir change, preventative medicine
Gladys W. Strain, PhD

Director of Research
Reynolds Gym, Room 315 Weill/Cornell College of Medicine Laparoscopic & Bariatrics

Bariatric patients doing protocols ranging from quality of life issues, body composition changes, cognitive changes to the resolution of diabetes after surgery Hormonal changes post weight loss (previous focus)
Pamela D. Swan, PhD, FACSM

Associate Professor Exercise and Wellness Program

Healthy Lifestyle Research Center
College of Nursing and Health Innovation Arizona State University

Behavior, Treatment/Prev, Bariatric Surgery, physical activity and its effects on resting metabolism and metabolic syndrome fat distribution and health and disease

Michael G. Tordoff, PhD

Monell Chemical Senses Center

Taste and nutrition including mineral appetite, genetics of taste perception, environmental contribution to individual differences in taste preferences and dietary obesity

Thomas Wadden, PhD Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
University of PA, Sch. of Medicine
Center for Weight & Eating Disorders
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Weight management; behavioral treatment; depression; weight maintenance; Look Ahead trial; Diabetes Prevention Program
Christina C. Wee, MD, MPH Division of General Medicine and Primary Care Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Medical School

Health Services research—including medical and patient preference-based decision-making, influences of weight stigma, racial differences.

Clinical epidemiology research—use of large complex secondary databases, patient-centered surveys, impact of race of obesity risk and health outcomes.

Philip A. Wood, DVM, PhD


Metabolic Signaling & Disease Program – Diabetes & Obesity Research Center
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona

Metabolic Signaling and Disease, Diabetes and Obesity Research, Fatty Acid Metabolism and Hormonal Adaptations to Diet and Exercise

David York, PhD

Director, Center for Advanced Nutrition Utah State University

Behavior, Cellular, Metabolic, Neurosciences, Animal models of obesity food intake and macronutrient selection enterostatin and glucocorticiods exercise in neurodegeneration prevention
Tongjian You, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston

Metabolic, Treatment/Prev, Adipose tissue metabolism metabolic and physical dysfunctions associated with obesity and aging metabolic and hormonal adaptations to diet and exercise
Patti-Jean Naylor

Assistant Professor, University of Victoria

School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health

Obesity prevention in children and youth (physical activity and healthy eating)   School-based health promotion/prevention Setting-based health interventions Dissemination, knowledge exchange, implementation research
Michiru Hirasawa, PhD

Associate Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Division of Biomedical Sciences

Cellular neuroscience, central control of body weight and appetite
Pascal Imbeault, PhD Associate Professor, School of Human Kinetics University of Ottawa Hormonal and nutritional modulation of adipose tissue metabolism, exercise
Eric Doucet, PhD Full Professor, School of Human Kinetics University of Ottawa Body weight regulation-appetite control-weight loss-adults
Jean-Pierre Chanoine, MD

Clinical Professor and Head, Endocrinology and Diabetes

Unit Room K4-212 British Columbia Children's Hospital

Pediatric endocrinology Hormonal aspects of pediatric obesity Prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity, Ghrelin, pancreas, fetus and neonate, animal physiology, perinatal physiology, prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity
Guang Sun, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Nutrition and genetics, nutrigenomics genetic, endocrine, nutritional factors responsible for predisposition to obesity and diabetes



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