NCCOR External Scientific Panel
The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) appoints external advisors to enhance and complement its programs and areas of expertise. Begun in 2012, the NCCOR External Scientific Panel (NESP) advises NCCOR on its future direction and provides guidance on specific projects or emerging work.
The Panel serves as a valuable liaison between NCCOR and the extramural community, informing the Collaborative on new science and ideas and on connections to extramural research, practice, and policy. Further, it contributes to the ongoing refinement of NCCOR's strategic plan, including helping to establish key performance indicators and other metrics associated with evaluating the impact of the Collaborative.
As part of its strategic planning efforts, NCCOR asked NESP members to provide input on how NCCOR can best accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity. In its first two years, NESP worked to identify and hone recommendations or priority areas for impactful projects that NCCOR might undertake. Options for activities within each recommendation were presented to the NCCOR membership in fall 2013.
In 2014, through in-person brainstorming sessions and preparatory and follow-up work, NESP will help NCCOR think through projects the Collaborative can undertake through strategic alliances it forms with partners. All along, the Panel and NCCOR member liaisons to NESP ensure that work generated adheres to several guiding principles. As projects or initiatives are developed, it is critical to:
- Leverage existing efforts and avoid duplication
- Ensure that disparities are addressed in a concrete way
- Incorporate training and tools, as appropriate
- Leverage opportunities to bring in other sectors (education, transportation, environmental sustainability, etc.)
NESP is comprised of experts from a range of disciplines relevant to childhood obesity, and panel members were nominated and selected by the NCCOR funders because their respective expertise aligns with one or more of NCCOR's goals.
Recent NESP Members
Ronette R. Briefel, Dr.P.H., R.D.
Mathematica Policy Research
Ross C. Brownson, Ph.D.
–Professor of Epidemiology
Washington University in St. Louis
Department of Policy Analysis and Management
Department of Economics
–Co-Director, Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities
Terry Huang, Ph.D., M.P.H.
–Professor and Chair, Department of Health Promotion
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Shiriki Kumanyika, Ph.D., M.P.H.
–Professor of Epidemiology
–Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H.
–Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR)
James F. Sallis, Ph.D.
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Active Living Research (ALR)
Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D.
–Professor of Global Health and Community and Family Mediciner
Healthy Eating Research (HER)