Office of Extramural Research (OER)
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This section provides examples of current research activities at the NIH, and is not intended to be a comprehensive list.
The Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research, published in 2011, serves as a guide to accelerate a broad spectrum of research toward developing new and more effective approaches to address the tremendous burden of obesity, so that people can look forward to healthier lives. This strategic plan reflects the exciting opportunities that have emerged in the years since the publication of the NIH’s first strategic plan for research on obesity. The new Strategic Plan was developed by the NIH Obesity Research Task Force with crucial input from researchers external to the NIH, professional and other health-focused organizations, and others through a public comment period. Given the importance of the obesity epidemic as a public health problem, and its relevance to the mission of most of the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICs), the NIH Obesity Research Task Force was established to accelerate progress in obesity research across the NIH. Research challenges and opportunities identified at meetings and workshops also helped shape the Strategic Plan, and will continue to inform NIH research planning. Read more about current obesity research funding opportunities.
This Office is responsible for the coordination of obesity-related research within the NIDDK and carries out its functions through the Institute’s Obesity Research Working Group. The OOR is located organizationally under the auspices of the NIDDK Office of the Director and its co-directors represent the two Divisions with primary responsibility for obesity-related extramural research: the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition and the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases. For more information and funding announcements about obesity research at the NIDDK, see the NIDDK website. Read more (PDF - 492 KB) about recent advances in obesity research at the NIDDK.
Obesity research is supported by the NHLBI, consistent with its mission to provide global leadership for research, training, and education programs to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases. Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) acting both through and independently of other CVD risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. Findings from obesity research can lead to improved health care and policies by translating the evidence-base to prevent or treat obesity and its heart, lung, and sleep consequences into practical strategies and tools for clinicians, patients, and the general public. Ongoing obesity-related studies at the NHLBI include the Healthy Communities Study, the Jackson Heart Study, and the Childhood Obesity Prevention & Treatment Research Consortium.
The mission of the NCCOR is to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and application of childhood obesity research, and to halt—and reverse—childhood obesity through enhanced coordination and collaboration. The NCCOR focuses on efforts that have the potential to benefit children, teens, and their families, and the communities in which they live. A special emphasis is put on the populations and communities in which obesity rates are highest and rising the fastest: African-Americans; Hispanics; Native Americans; Asian/Pacific Islanders; and children living in low-income communities. The NCCOR is a collaboration among NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI), NHLBI, NICHD, NIDDK, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), and the Division of Nutrition Research Coordination; the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Department of Agriculture; and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
LIFE-Moms is a consortium comprised of seven clinical research centers, a research coordinating unit, and NIH program staff. The consortium will conduct research studies of lifestyle interventions for overweight and obese pregnant women designed to prevent excessive gestational weight gain and improve metabolic outcomes for women and their children. Several intervention strategies will be tested, such as home visits by parent-educators, intervention delivery in the obstetrics-gynecological setting, and use of smartphones. Participants will include minority populations disproportionately affected by obesity.