Study Design Preconference Course

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Obesity 2011

 Orlando, Fl, October 1-5, 2011


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Steps for Maximizing Study Design in Obesity Prevention Research

An Obesity Society CME Course

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 1 pm - 4pm

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Obesity prevention programs have had only modest success in reducing obesity rates, yet much has been learn in the last two decades and future studies need to build on that work. In addition, new ways of thinking about building interventions, including the importance of context and systems approaches, provide promising paradigms for the development of successful interventions. This workshop will focus on new approaches to the development and implementation of prevention research.

  • Don't reinvent the wheel
  • Use systems research to identify intervention targets
  • Leverage success through smart preliminary work

This workshop will help attendees define systems that influence obesity levels and recognize approaches that use systems research to define obesity intervention targets. You’ll learn how to list methods that result in improved study designs for obesity prevention interventions and how to propose preliminary studies that will promote the development of better interventions.

Who Should Attend?

 Researchers planning and conducting obesity intervention research – Health practitioners implementing obesity interventions – Representatives from agencies that fund obesity intervention research

Program Director:

June Stevens, PhD, UNC Chapel Hill
Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, AICR/ WCRF Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, School of Public Health



Diane Finegood, PhD
Professor, Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology, Director, Chronic Disease Systems Modeling Lab
Leslie Lytle, PhD, RD
Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Daniel Almirall, PhD
Faculty Research Fellow at University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research


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