Arkansas Children's Research Institute Gets $11.5M For Child Obesity Studies


Arkansas Children's Research Institute Gets $11.5M For Child Obesity Studies
An entrance to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. The research institute connected to the hospital has received $11.5 million to continue studying the affects of childhood obesity. (Mauren Kennedy)

The federal National Institutes of Health has awarded $11.5 million in renewed funding to the Arkansas Children's Research Institute and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to continue studying the effects of childhood obesity. 

The grant will help improve research infrastructure at the institute's Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention, the institute said in a news release. It will also help develop more scientists with expertise in childhood obesity.

The Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention, led by Dr. Judith Weber, was established in 2016 with a $9.4 million grant from the NIH. The grant is part of a program aimed at increasing research abilities in states that have had historically low levels of NIH funding.

“Our goal is a future where parents don’t have to worry about their child developing any of the countless complications children face because of obesity,” Weber said in the release. “This center continues to be a prime example of how research translates into interventions, creating a brighter future for kids right here in Arkansas and around the nation.” 


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