Identifying interdisciplinary research priorities to prevent and treat pediatric obesity in New York city

Dympna Gallagher, Elaine L. Larson, Y. C. Wang, Boyd Richards, Chunhua Weng, Patricia Hametz, Melissa D. Begg, Wendy K. Chung, Bernadette Boden-Albala, Sharon R. Akabas

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It is well recognized that an interdisciplinary approach is essential in the development and implementation of solutions to address the current pediatric obesity epidemic. In two half-day meetings that included workshops and focus groups, faculty from diverse fields identified critically important research challenges, and gaps to childhood obesity prevention. The purpose of this white paper is to describe the iterative, interdisciplinary process that unfolded in an academic health center setting with a specific focus on underrepresented minority groups of Black and Hispanic communities, and to summarize the research challenges and gaps related to pediatric obesity that were identified in the process. Although the research challenges and gaps were developed in the context of an urban setting including high-risk populations (the northern Manhattan communities of Washington Heights, Inwood, and Harlem), many of the issues raised are broadly applicable. The processes by which the group identified research gaps and methodological challenges that impede a better understanding of how to prevent and treat obesity in children has resulted in an increase in research and community outreach collaborations and interdisciplinary pursuit of funding opportunities across units within the academic health center and overall university.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-177
Number of pages6
JournalClinical and translational science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • Interdisciplinary
  • Pediatric obesity prevention
  • Research priorities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Neuroscience


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