Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Submitted by (@skumanyi)

Research training to support population-focused obesity research in ethnic minority populations

NIH is already facing a challenge in increasing the number and viability of researchers of color. Obesity research in black (or other high risk minority) populations can be used to explore how research training programs that focus on specific issues of importance to populations of color might contribute to the recruitment and success of ethnic minority researchers in the NIH system.

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Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

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Move toward more probative research

As some of us described in a recent publication, in the fields of nutrition and obesity, and perhaps in other fields as well, there is often a great deal of research which uses up resources, investigator time, journal pages, and attention span for questions that do not advance the field. We call for scientists, reviewers, and funding decision makers to collectively ask much more rigorously, "How will this proposed study ...more »

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

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Environmental induction of congenital heart defects and finding means of prevention

Congenital heart defects (CHDs) continue to be the leading cause of death among all infants with birth defects. It is reported that approximately 10% of cardiac congenital anomalies have a genetic basis. An equal percentage, or ~10%, is due to environmental factors. For ~60% the etiology is unknown and considered to have a multifactorial basis, eg, environmental agents having a role against a specific genetic background, ...more »

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Natural Experiments and Obesity

How can approaches, such as natural experiments, be used to capture the evolution and impact of policies/environmental change that are related to obesity? There needs to be a mechanism that can quickly support the funding of natural experiment research. For instance, NIDDK and NICHD participate in a rapid response PAR that funds natural experiments in a timely manner. It only takes about 4 months from when the application ...more »

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Develop common-sense standards for obesity research

Obesity research is riddled with methodological problems that are rarely challenged, leading to the perpetuation of misinformation and interventions that do harm. Given the two-thirds of the population who are classified as higher weight and thus subject to these interventions, it is past time to clean up the basic scientific flaws in this research area. For a quick summary of a couple of these issues, see Poodle Science: ...more »

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Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Submitted by (@popkin)

Evaluation of large-scale regulatory efforts in the US and elsewhere

A number of cities(e.g Berkeley), states and countries (e.g Mexico's SSB tax, Chiles SSB and soon marketing controls and food package front of package label) will go into effect. Rigorous evaluations of the efforts will provide some sense of their potential to effect food purchase and dietary pattern and ultimately cardiometaboiic changes. Serious rigorous independent evaluations are needed to learn if these options--pushed ...more »

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Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Nutrition & Reduce Obesity

How can we best encourage and support collaborations between academic researchers and industry partners to test strategies for changing nutritional choices and eating behaviors to healthier patterns that can improve obesity rates? Subquestions include issues around adopting healthier food choices in a variety of environments, effects of diet alteration, the methods and effects of enhancing healthier food flavors, understanding ...more »

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Increased receptivity to probative programmatic trials

We believe there should be greater openness to large, simple trials that answer clear questions of interest (e.g. does giving children more fruits and vegetables while changing nothing else lead to weight loss?; does eating breakfast regularly lead to weight loss?; etc.). The conduct of such trials may sometimes be expensive but can sometimes be only modestly costly if they are kept simple. However, it is difficult to ...more »

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Greater reliance on stronger observational study designs when true RCTs are not an option

With some notable exceptions, the space in between OATs and pure RCEs is seen, at least in obesity research, as a void. Such a constrained view inappropriately lumps together valid evidence from strong, non-randomized designs with evidence from weak designs that permit little causal inference. There are additional methods occupying that intermediary space of strength of causal inference. If we can encourage the use of ...more »

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