Johns Hopkins to hold symposium on social networks’ influence on weight, behavior, health

The Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins invites you to attend a day-long symposium titled “The Social Network: A Systems Approach to #ChildhoodObesity.” The event will be Oct. 22, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Md.

The past decade has seen increasing interest in social networks, i.e., how people are connected to their families, friends, school mates, and work colleagues. These relationships affect what, where, and how children eat and exercise, and in turn, the risk of obesity. Continue reading

Johns Hopkins Global Center for Childhood Obesity funds projects to improve school nutrition programs and increase sale of health foods in urban areas

April 24, 2013, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity has awarded funding to two intervention projects aimed at preventing childhood obesity. The research is part of the third round of funding focused on “rapid response projects.”

The Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity reviewed research proposals from around the world and selected the following: Continue reading

JHGCCO releases second round RFA for rapid response studies

The Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) released its second round Request for Applications (RFA) on July 1, awarding research grants for “rapid response” studies.

JHGCCO seeks to jumpstart systems-oriented childhood obesity research in a rapidly-changing physical or policy environment by supporting rapid response projects — opportune pilot and feasibility projects with timelines that would not allow funding through the regular NIH review cycles. Continue reading

Systems science in childhood obesity and public health research: Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral opportunities at Johns Hopkins University

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)-supported and NIH-funded, Johns Hopkins Global Center for Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) is recruiting qualified pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees from diverse fields (e.g. Public Health, Medicine, Engineering, Nursing, or Arts and Sciences) with a career interest in addressing childhood obesity, non-communicable chronic diseases, and related topics in public health using systems science theories and methods. Continue reading

The Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity established

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been awarded a $16 million U54 cooperative agreement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a global center of excellence to address the childhood obesity epidemic. The Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity will emphasize the integration of geospatial analysis with a systems science and transdisciplinary approach to childhood obesity, bringing together basic science, epidemiology, nutrition, medicine, engineering and environmental and social policy research, among other fields, in an unprecedented, innovative way. Continue reading