Severe Obesity & Cardiometabolic Risk in Youth

Recently, a colleague of ours (Joe Skelton, Wake Forest University) published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine on severe obesity and risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, dyslididemia, etc.) using nationally-representative, pediatric data from the US. There’s been quite a bit of coverage of the paper in the media (examples here and here), which highlights the interest and the seriousness of the issue among boys and girls with severe obesity. Finally, our own Nicole Gehring wrote about the study on our Team ABC3 blog, which saved me some work. Thx Nic!



Another New Team Member

I’m very happy to let you know that Ms. Nicole Gehring was the successful candidate for our new Research Coordinator position. Nicole will be sharing her time (50-50) between our group and Dr. Mandi Newton’s research program in child and adolescent mental health.

Nicole recently moved to Edmonton from Vancouver, where she gained a lot of relevant experience in both mental health and eHealth interventions as part of some large-scale research projects at the University of British Columbia. Nicole will be working with us on a few different projects, but her main focus will be to coordinate the day-to-day administration of our new CIHR Team Grant (Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children).

Welcome, Nicole!


CIHR Team Grant Submitted

Earlier this week, our team grant was successfully submitted to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In the end, our Team to Address Bariatric Care in Canadian Children (Team ABC3) includes 26 researchers from 5 provinces, 11 decision-makers representing provincial and national agencies, and an international Scientific Advisory Board. Our research is designed to improve our understanding and management of severe obesity (SO) in children. Fingers crossed (we find out the results in October)!


New Team Grant Opportunity for Severe Obesity

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research recently announced a new funding competition for Team Grants related to Severe Obesity. I’m part of a team of researchers and clinicians from across the country who’ll submit a research proposal focused on pediatrics, and I’ll share additional details as our team and projects develop over the coming weeks. Info about the funding is available here.