OBESITY AND DIABETES
THE CENTER OF RESEARCH IN OBESITY & CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASEThe Phase II Center of Research in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease (COCVD) at the University of Kentucky is supported by a $11.3 million, five-year award (P20 GM103527) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The NIGMS is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that supports thematic, multidisciplinary Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) across the country through its Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program.
The primary activity of the COCVD is to identify mechanisms linking the epidemic of obesity to the high incidence of cardiovascular diseases in the obese population. This research focus is used as a platform to develop promising junior investigators who serve as principal investigators on research projects that address timely and significant questions related to obesity and cardiovascular disease. COCVD has assembled a group of established extramurally funded scientists who provide mentoring for the investigators. This mentorship facilitates the development of the investigators’ research projects and enhances their success in competing for independent NIH-funded research.
As a multidisciplinary collaborative, COCVD encourages the development of research infrastructure and shared use core facilities that support and extend research methods critical to the study of obesity and cardiovascular disease. Additionally, COCVD facilitates symposia and seminars for its research participants, and awards pilot/feasibility grants to non-COCVD faculty members to initiate new research focused on obesity and cardiovascular disease.Research Support Services and Equipment
It is imperative that all users of COBRE Core services and/or equipment, including radiotelemetry, EchoMRI, DEXA-IR, metabolism chambers, pathology services, MS or bioplex analytical services and the statistical analysis that Dr. Richard Charnigo provides, must cite the COBRE NIH grant using this language as an example:
"Research reported in this [publication, release] was supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20 GM103527-06.”
Before utilizing research equipment on the fifth floor of the CT Wethington Building, please review this overview on the use and handling of equipment .
Recent Publications of COCVD Core Faculty that acknowledge support from NIH grant P20GM103527: