The Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity, was established in September 2011 by a cooperative agreement (#1 U54-HD070725-01) with the National Institutes of Health (i.e., the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, NICHD, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, OBSSR). In addition the Center receives institutional co-funding from Johns Hopkins University.
The purpose of the Center is to conduct both domestic and international research and training to better understand the causes and prevention of childhood obesity as well as of other lifestyle related non-communicable chronic diseases. Our research emphasizes a systems science approach to understanding these complex problems. Therefore, our research features modeling and simulation methods, spatial analysis guided by behavioral models, and basic science to better understand and capture food intake, body weight, and metabolism regulation. A hallmark of our work is using state of the art tools and methods to address the complex interactions and feedback loops between biological, individual and social environmental factors related to obesity and chronic disease.
While based at the Johns Hopkins University, our multidisciplinary researchers are based at leading institutions around the globe. Key center members provides a unique combination of expertise that provides a strong foundation for research, training, and outreach activities. At present, over 50 investigators from approximately 20 US and international institutions participate in the Center through teaching, research or learning. The Center is an important part of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research(NCCOR).
The Center’s investigators are experts in a number of disciplines and fields such as:
- • nutrition
- • epidemiology
- • biostatistics
- • medicine
- • health economics
- • engineering
- • systems science
- • environmental health science
- • urban planning
- • sociology
- • basic science
- • genetics
- • childhood obesity
- • child growth and development
- • minority health & health disparities
- • global health