Major funded projects that are currently underway include:
The CSNM has been a longtime, major contributor to the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) study, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Look AHEAD is a multicenter, randomized controlled trial designed to determine whether intentional weight loss reduces cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in overweight individuals with type 2 diabetes. Dr. Blackburn, one of the original principal investigators of this trial, contributed more than 40 peer-reviewed publications to the literature on Look AHEAD.
Assessment of Behavioral and Psychosocial Predictors of Weight Loss Following Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric surgery is now a first-line treatment for severe obesity. However, up to one-quarter of patients experience less than optimal weight loss, in part due to diet and lack of physical activity. Current guidelines for diet and exercise to maximize the benefits of bariatric surgery are inconsistent and/or vague. Data obtained from this NIH-funded project will assist in identifying optimal behavioral, psychosocial, and environmental targets for intervention, and pave the way for the development of standardized dietary/eating and physical activity guidelines for bariatric surgery patients.
Feihe Nutrition Laboratory
The mission of the Feihe Nutrition Laboratory at BIDMC at Harvard Medical School is to facilitate and support state-of-the art basic and translational research in the fields of nutrition, obesity, and healthy living. The Feihe Nutrition Laboratory was established in 2015 with a five-year, $4.5 million contribution from Feihe International.