Members of the newly launched UCSF Nutrition and Obesity Research Center include, from left, Allison Xu, center director Christian Vaisse, Kathy Mulligan, Elissa Epel, Suneil Koliwad, Alka Kanaya, Jeremy Reiter and Holly Ingraham. The federally funded center will support studies on obesity, nutrition, and metabolism among 48 UCSF researchers across 12 departments. (Photo: Kathleen Jay/UCSF).
NIH invites Diabetes Center at UCSF to launch Nutrition and Obesity Research Center
Federally funded center will support obesity, nutrition, metabolism research in Northern California
BY KATHLEEN JAY
Diabetes Center at UCSF
SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 2, 2015) – This week, the Diabetes Center at UCSF announced the launch of the UCSF Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC), a federally funded center that will support research on obesity, nutrition, and metabolism.
Supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) – a segment of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – the center will receive $7M in funding over the next five years.
“We are very excited to share the news that the NIH has not only renewed our status as a national Diabetes Research Center, another highly competitive research initiative supported by the federal agency, but has also just funded our new Nutrition and Obesity Research Center,” said Matthias Hebrok, PhD, director of the Diabetes Center at UCSF. “We are extremely proud of our team at the Diabetes Center, and humbled to join a small group of very prestigious institutions to host both a Diabetes Research Center and a Nutrition and Obesity Research Center at the same time.”
The UCSF NORC – one of only 12 centers in the U.S. – will be led by Christian Vaisse, MD, PhD, a core faculty member in the Diabetes Center at UCSF.
“Dr. Vaisse was instrumental in formulating a compelling proposal with support from the Diabetes Center staff and associated faculty,” Hebrok added. “I am very pleased that these efforts were recognized and rewarded.”
Comprising 48 UCSF researchers across 12 departments, the center will primarily focus on basic research, clinical investigations and public health interventions. In addition, the NORC funding will support core facilities – to allow researchers to perform state-of-the-art experiments – as well as pilot and feasibility studies to advance innovative research concentrating on nutrition and obesity.
“Obesity is a growing global epidemic,” Vaisse said. “It is a major risk factor for many life-threatening diseases, including diabetes, stroke, heart disease and cancer. We are very appreciative that the NIH has granted us the opportunity to further build our research base and to actively interact with the obesity and nutrition research community in Northern California.”
For more information, visit http://diabetes.ucsf.edu.