Obesity Research and Educational Initiative

  • Accomplishments to Date

    Faculty recruiting

    Eight new faculty were jointly recruited by the OREI and departments in the Carver College of Medicine (CCOM), College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Public Health, and Tippie College of Business. In addition, four other faculty engaged in obesity research were appointed in the CCOM.
    To see our newest faculty members, click here.

    Multidisciplinary research program development

    In partnership with the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC), the OREI established a vibrant new seminar program—the Diabetes and Obesity Talks—held weekly and attended by 50-90 faculty, staff and trainees. To promote research interaction and program development among the "community" of new and established faculty, the OREI also launched two monthly informal research meetings termed the Diabetes and Obesity Chalk Talks, one focused on basic research and the other focused on behavioral medicine and science research.

     To see our current events, click here.

    Educational programs

    The first introductory course on obesity was offered in Fall 2013. A new undergraduate minor in Physical Activity and Nutrition Science also launched in Fall 2013.

    For more information about our educational efforts, click here.

    Network of Iowa State University Nutrition and Wellness Research Center (ISU NWRC), the University of Northern Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute (UNI YFOI), and the UI OREI

    Faculty at the three Regent Universities have met at each institution to develop an Iowa Obesity Research and Prevention Network. Program goals have included:

    1. A tri-institutional pilot collaborative research grant program.
    2. Development of shared core research facilities.

    To see more information about the network, click here.