Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention

Building on 20 years of research investigating strategies for preventing and reducing childhood obesity, Dr. Judith Weber, Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine, UAMS, received a $9.4 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create a center for the study of childhood obesity located at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute. Called the Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention (CCOP), it is one of the NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), the first of its kind to be located at ACRI. In its first five years, a COBRE focuses on developing research infrastructure 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 in the specific thematic area. Following the initial five-year award period, COBRE grants can be renewed for an additional two five-year periods for another $15 million.

The Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention has three core research units funded through the COBRE award, one in administration and scientific support, one in biostatistics and informatics, and another in metabolism, to support the junior investigators. Unique to the center is the direct involvement of the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, which houses the state BMI data warehouse, as well as the Arkansas Department of Health, which sponsored the new Governor-supported Healthy Active Arkansas initiative. 



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.