UM school wins nutrition grant


November 18, 2005|By DENNIS O'BRIEN

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the University of Maryland School of Medicine a five-year, $3.5 million grant to start a clinical nutrition research center that will focus on how diet and exercise influence health.

The Clinical Nutrition Research Unit will be the first of its kind in the region and one of eight centers funded by the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, which is part of NIH. The National Cancer Institute funds two other nutrition research centers.

The center will fund research by 44 scientists and clinical investigators from the University of Maryland, the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, said Susan K. Fried, the medical school professor who will serve as center director.

There is no specific facility. The researchers will continue to use their own labs.

Scientists will address a range of issues, including how diet and exercise influence the risks of developing obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis.

They also will promote nutrition education, search for genes that influence metabolism and investigate factors that contribute to health disparities, such as the high prevalence of obesity and diabetes in minority populations.

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