The Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center

In early December the charter for the Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center was approved by the Office of the Vice President for Research.  The center has been administratively established as an institute-level center in the Fralin Life Sciences Institute, with Dr. Kevin Davy and Dr. Paul Estabrooks serving as the initial co-directors of the center.    Participating faculty in the center currently come from four departments (Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Psychology, and Human Development), along with two faculty members from Carilion Clinic.

As stated in its charter the vision for the Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center is to establish a nationally recognized and federally funded Center for Excellence focused on improving health and quality of life in the Commonwealth and the Nation by reducing obesity and its consequences.  Among a variety of stated objectives for the center are the following:

  1. To conduct obesity research that spans the translational spectrum from basic science to implementation science;
  2. To train new investigators in translational obesity research methods;
  3. To support clinical and community organizations in implementing and sustaining effective and broad reaching obesity-related programs, policies, and practices; and
  4. To attract other investigators to translational obesity research from within Virginia Tech, the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Carilion Clinic, and other external partners to complement existing researchers in this focus area.

Faculty members interested in learning more about the Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center are encouraged to contact Drs. Davy and/or Estabrook.