Support for a statistician to work on childhood obesity studies

The University of Pennsylvania houses several large-scale, influential studies of childhood obesity and its prevention. These range from longitudinal studies of child growth and parental feeding styles to prevention in schools and communities. Together they are providing key insights into the natural course of childhood obesity and its prevention. However, a key resource could arguably double the productivity of these efforts: a dedicated senior statistician to give overall guidance to the effort. Statistical oversight of multiple studies is often needed, but is rarely adequate, even at the finest institutions. Because the investigators depend on federal grants for their support, the grant requirements and the needs of research units produce a situation in which statistical support is piecemeal. The result is that important research questions often go unanswered, because they transcend a particular grant's scope of work. The purpose of this project is to provide coordinated support from a senior statistician for five years, thus permitting a much wider variety of research questions for statistical analysis. The statistician will explore the data sets, develop and test additional hypotheses about childhood obesity, improve the statistical methods for studying the epidemic and its prevention, and synthesize information across the studies. The project deliverables will include: a series of targeted research projects, publications in journals, and a final report to the Foundation on the range of issues addressed by the statistician. This information will directly benefit the Foundation's program strategy, which depends on strengthening the research evidence as an essential first step.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $250,075.00

Awarded on: 3/10/2006

Time frame: 4/1/2006 - 3/31/2011

Grant Number: 53242


University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

295 John Morgan Building
3620 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, 19104-0001


Albert J. Stunkard
Project Director