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Obesity, Metabolism, and Diabetes



The WVPRC initiated the OMD program to address the burden of obesity, metabolism, and diabetes in our state and nation. Members come from multiple departments across the WVU campus as well as our partners from Marshall University and the WV School of Osteopathic Medicine. We collaborate on community projects, share data sets, conduct bench, clinical, and public health research on physical activity, nutrition, obesity, and metabolic disease. OMD provides a forum for investigators to discuss research ideas and collaborate on research projects, grant applications and publications.


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 begin responsive to the research, training, and outreach needs of all WVPRC 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.


Additional Resources 


If you are interested in learning more about our OMD program, please contact:
Dr. Lesley Cottrell
(304) 293-1149

Dr. Lisa Salati
(304) 293-7759