AJPH highlights systems science applications in obesity research

Obesity is arguably the most pressing public health problem of our time. Over 3 billion children and adults worldwide are expected to be counted among the overweight and obese population in less than two decades. Substantial efforts by the public health community have focused on addressing the problem, but in order to implement effective solutions, a greater understanding of the complexities associated with obesity is needed. Through a special issue, the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH, July 2014) is showcasing cutting edge research in this area.

“This theme issue highlights some of the work that is being done in obesity research using systems science approaches,” Dr. Regina Bures said of the special edition, titled Using Systems Science in Obesity Research. Bures is program officer in the Center for Population Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and served as a guest editor for the AJPH theme issue. Continue reading

Systems modeling post-doctoral opportunities at Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity

The National Institute of Health-funded, Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) is seeking qualified post-doctoral trainees with a career interest in using systems science theories and methods to address childhood obesity, non-communicable chronic diseases, and related topics in public health.

The Center, supported by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), conducts both domestic and international research aiming to better understand the causes and prevention of childhood obesity and other lifestyle related non-communicable chronic diseases from a systems perspective.  While based at the Johns Hopkins University, with investigators from five schools including Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences, we also have multidisciplinary researchers at approximately 20 leading institutions around the globe. For more information please visit, http://www.jhgcco.org/ Continue reading

JHGCCO symposium to focus on preventing childhood obesity though systems science

On April 9, the Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) will host its first annual, one-day, Scientific Symposium, “Innovations in Childhood Obesity Prevention: Systems Thinking and Systems Change.” The Symposium will focus on the way that innovative system science approaches can advance the prevention of childhood obesity worldwide.

Keynote speeches and scientific sessions will highlight researchers who are internationally recognized leaders in the field, as well as exciting progress made by the JHGCCO researchers. Continue reading