The Obesity Society's 2010 Grant Recipients Announced

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Recipients Will Be Honored at Annual Meeting in October.



Nutrisystem, Inc., a leading provider of structured meal programs for weight loss and weight maintenance. Randomized, controlled clinical studies using the complete Nutrisystem® program(s) to explore the following possibilities: (1) Effects of weight loss using a Nutrisystem program on disease risk or management; (2) Effects of weight loss using the Nutrisystem-D plan on Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes; and (3) Role of Nutrisystem® meal replacements as a weight maintenance aid. An award of $25,000 is given to the recipient for a one-year pilot study. Selected by the Obesity Society as the recipient of the inaugural award is:

Kelly H. Webber, PhD
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

The Effect of a Behavioral Weight-Loss Program With Nutrisystem Meal Provision on Change in Weight, Fasting Blood Glucose, Cholesterol, and Blood Pressure Over 12 Weeks

Co-Investigator: Stephanie Rose, MD

A request for proposal for up to two such awards from Nutrisystem will appear in this newsletter in 2011.


This grant mechanism is for both clinical and in vitro research:

Visceral Obesity - The relationship of central obesity to metabolic health continues to be an area of active research. Focus on advancing the knowledge about this link and implications for therapy.

Behavioral Science Research - Successful intervention for weight loss and maintenance require a strong behavioral component. Focus on the development and/or validation of novel and innovative tools for weight loss and/or maintenance. Exploring how technology drives health behavior change.

Awards of $25,000 each are given to recipients for a one-year pilot study.

Visceral Obesity

Anjel Vahratian, PhD, MPH
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Maternal Visceral Fat and Metabolic Dysregulation During Pregnancy

Co-Investigator: Marjorie C. Treadwell, MD

Behavioral Science Research

Kelly C. Allison, PhD
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Preventing Excess Weight Gain During Pregnancy Using Integrated Technologies

Co-Investigators: Sindhu K. Srinivas, MD, MSCE and David B. Sarwer, PhD


This program (formerly, New Investigator Research Grants) funds studies proposed by new investigators who have completed their doctorates (or residency training) within the past five years. Awards of $25,000 each are given to the recipients for a one-year pilot study.

Kent C. Hansen, PhD
University of Colorado Denver
Aurora, CO

The Effects of Estrogen on Adipogenesis

Mentors: Wendy Kohrt, PhD and Dwight Klemm, PhD

Co-Investigators: Wendee Gozansky, MD

Scott E. Kanoski, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Ventral Hippocampal Leptin Signaling: The Higher-Order Controls of Food Intake Suppression

Mentor: Harvey J. Grill, PhD

Jennifer J. Otten, PhD, RD

Stanford School of Medicine
Santa Cruz, CA

Assessing the Impacts of the 2010 Santa Clara County, CA Ordinance Banning Toys and Other Incentives That Accompany Less Healthful Children's Menu Items

Co-Investigators: Christopher Gardner, PhD, Matt Buman, PhD

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