Obesity Research and Education Initiative

  • Research Program Development

    Before the launch of the OREI, some senior faculty were involved in obesity research in a number of departments and colleges, but there was limited interaction and UI lacked interdisciplinary/interdepartmental focus in obesity. The development of this interaction and national visibility and recognition has been and is a priority of the OREI working in a complementary partnership with the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center (FOEDRC) and other centers at UI.

    Diabetes and Obesity Talks Seminar

    In partnership with the FOEDRC, directed by Dr. Dale Abel, in January 2012 the OREI launched a new research seminar, the Diabetes and Obesity Talks (DOT), held weekly with presentations by new and senior UI faculty and a number of distinguished visiting professors. These have been extraordinarily successful, with attendance ranging from 45 to 90 from across departments and colleges.
    Please click here for a schedule of events.

    Diabetes and Obesity Basic Research Chalk Talks

    Under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Norris, the OREI and FOEDRC have partnered in launching small, informal meetings of faculty—focused on basic research—for internal review of plans for extramural research grants. An additional goal of these Chalk Talks is the development of research “community” and interaction across departments and colleges to build the foundation for future interdisciplinary research programs.

    OREI Behavioral Medicine Group

    The OREI Behavioral Medicine Group is an informal intercollegiate, multidisciplinary team of researchers interested in behavioral aspects of obesity and related health problems that meets at least quarterly to discuss proposals and plans for extramural research grants. Please click here for more information on the core members of OREI Behavioral Medicine Group.