Michael Oakes, PhD (HWRC Affiliate Faculty) was named interim vice president for research in June, following previous VP Chris Cramer’s departure earlier this year. In the position, he oversees the institution’s $1+ billion research enterprise across all campuses and facilities. He also directly manages units responsible for sponsored projects, research and regulatory compliance, and technology commercialization, as well as 10 interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes. —Faculty & Staff SPHere: 09/07/21
“Wearable fitness trackers represent a practical option for people who are overweight or obese and who have weight-related conditions. They allow users to set and track physical activity and provide constant reminders to get up and move—which promotes self-monitoring and self-regulation,” says corresponding author Dr. Zan Gao (HWRC Affiliate Faculty) in a statement per South West News Service. —StudyFinds 8/9/2021
data set includes, for each US census tract (defined using 2010 census
tract boundaries), certain social determinants of health data elements,
including race/ethnicity, education,
poverty, urban/rural, socioeconomic status, and racial residential
segregation indices defined using 2008-2012 American Community Survey
data and 2010 definitions of rural urban commuting areas.
The Social Determinants of Health data set is publicly available, pending an application and data use agreement.
The USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps tens of millions of Americans afford food each month, and participation has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new report identifies evidence-based opportunities that have the greatest potential to improve SNAP participants’ nutrition and overall health. Learn more: https://bit.ly/SNAP-Impact
Emilyn Alejadro, assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology and HWRC Affiliate Faculty, is one of eight faculty named as a new McKnight Presidential Fellow. The McKnight Presidential Fellows Program gives three-year awards to exceptional faculty who have been newly granted tenure and promotion to associate professor. The program recognizes their excellence in research and scholarship, leadership, potential to build top-tier programs, and ability to advance University of Minnesota priorities. —Brief 05/12/2021
A new NIH/NHLBI clinical trial entitled “Reducing Childhood Obesity Using Ecological Momentary Intervention (EMI) and Video Feedback at Family Meals,” was awarded to Jerica Berge, professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Community Health and HWRC Affiliated Faculty. The main objective of the proposed study is to utilize state-of-the-art intervention methods including ecological momentary intervention (EMI, i.e., mHealth), video feedback, and home visiting methods in partnership with community health workers (CHWs) to examine whether increasing the quality and quantity of family meals reduces childhood obesity disparities —FMCH News & Events 5/3/2021 —The Minnesota Daily 6/21/2021
Obesity Prevention Training (MnOPT) Program is recruiting for one predoctoral
fellowship position. Trainee will engage in research that
focuses on the biology of obesity, clinical research on human obesity, and/or
applied studies of treatment and prevention in community settings. Central to the MnOPT mission is having a strong
mentoring environment for trainees organized around two training tracks: 1) epidemiology/
behavioral research and 2) basic sciences/ clinical studies.