About the Center

The multidisciplinary Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention, led by Judith Weber, PhD, RD, will strengthen ACRI’s obesity research capacity and create mentoring pathways for emerging scientists who will focus on pediatric obesity. This new center at ACRI will also serve as an anchor for the development of a comprehensive pediatric obesity program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and will enable Dr. Weber and her colleagues to better understand the origins of pediatric obesity, and lead to the development of interventions focused both on preventing and reducing obesity and associated complications such as hypertension and diabetes.

The Center focuses on developing research infrastructure around the theme of childhood obesity prevention and providing junior investigators with formal mentoring and research project funding to help them acquire preliminary data to successfully compete for independent research grant support around this theme. Projects funded in the inaugural year of the Center are profiled on the Projects Page. 


11 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR 72202
The Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P20GM109096. The content of this website and research reported in publications resulting from work performed under this Award are solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.