Obesity and Medabolic Disease Program


    Our mission is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of obesity and related chronic disease in West Virginia by conducting high priority, community-based basic, clinical, and translational research.


        To meet our mission, we strive to meet the following goals:

    • Conduct all research and intervention approaches with adherence to the principles of community participation and involvement while being responsive to the research, training, and outreach needs of all WV Prevention Research Center partners. 
    • Emphasize research missions that foster multidisciplinary collaborations and integrate community-based concerns with institutional capacity and funding potential. Implicit in this principle is the existence of an infrastructure that supports translation from bench to bedside and from clinical applications to community outcomes.
    • Engage in ongoing program development, implementation, and evaluation with adherence to values of transparency, accountability, excellence, and community responsiveness. Rigorous evaluation and quality improvement activities will be embedded in all components of the program.
    • Disseminate research results and best practices freely through timely publications in peer-reviewed journals and through presentations at local, state, regional, and national meetings.

    • Translate research findings into practical, cost-effective obesity prevention, detection and treatment strategies. 

    Faculty Research