Translational Obesity Research

Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program

 

The Translational Obesity Research Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) is a training program bringing together faculty and students from diverse disciplines to work together in addressing one of today’s most pressing public health problems: obesity prevention and treatment.

This Translational Obesity Research graduate training program draws faculty and students from diverse disciplines together to form integrative research teams with a central focus on translational obesity research, spanning from “cells to society” (i.e., from basic science to practice, policy and practice implementation; or type 1 to 4 research translation).  Our overarching goal is to train the next generation of obesity researchers to conduct innovative research that integrates and translates knowledge of the etiology, pathophysiology and management of obesity with behavioral, environmental, economic, and social contextual information to improve the health and well-being of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation.

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Coursework and research experiences facilitate students crossing the boundaries of biomedical science, social science, economics, implementation science, and health policy.  

Translational Obesity Research IGEP participants will learn to:understand the complex problem of obesity and its management; develop meta-cognitive reasoning, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary for engaging in and practicing interdisciplinary and translational obesity research; be engaged as a member of an integrated research team focused on interdisciplinary and translational obesity research.

 

Research Thematic Areas

Causes and consequences of obesity and related disorders: understanding the mechanisms which regulate energy balance and lead to cardiovascular, metabolic, and endocrine dysfunction

Breaking the link between obesity and its associated health risks: determining the most efficacious lifestyle and pharmacological approaches for preventing and treating obesity and its associated health conditions

Obesity prevention and management dissemination and implementation: determining how efficacious weight management and obesity prevention programs, policies, and practices can be adapted, implemented, and sustained in communities and settings where people live, learn, work, and play

 

Departments Involved

·         Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise

·         Agricultural and Applied Economics

·         Communications

·         Human Development

·         Psychology

 

Translational Obesity Research Coursework Timeline

Fall:

HNFE 5984 Introduction to Translational Science (3 cr.)

Spring:

HNFE 6064 Advanced Topics in HNFE: Current Controversies in Obesity Research (3 cr.)

Both Semesters:

Departmental Core Coursework

Complete Training Course in Human Research Participant Protections

*All students will be expected to submit an NIH Individual NRSA Pre-doctoral Training Grant by the end of their first year in the program.

Fall:

GRAD 5134 Interdisciplinary Research (3 cr.)

Spring:

Departmental Core Coursework

Both Semesters:

Departmental Core Coursework

Fall:

GRAD 7994 Dissertation

Spring:

GRAD 7994 Dissertation

Application and Admission

Applications are accepted through the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s online application at:https://www.applyweb.com/apply/vtechg/index.html  On page 1 of the online application, select “Translational Obesity Research”.

Please note that in order to be accepted into our program after applying, you must have a faculty member associated with our IGEP who is willing to serve as your graduate advisor. Please review the faculty pages on our website, and in your one- to two-page Statement of Academic and Professional Goals, include two additional items along with those listed on part six of the application:

  • Which faculty member(s) are you interested in working with?
  • What areas of research within Translational Obesity Research are you interested in pursuing?

 

Application Requirements

All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent of a U.S. four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution.  All applicants must submit the following items:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where a bachelor’s degree was received or graduate level work was undertaken
  • A non-refundable application fee
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • An official report of test scores (GRE, GMAT, etc.)
  • For international students, TEOFL, IELTS or proof that English was the language of instruction for degree
  • A one- to two-page Statement of Academic and Professional Goals, to includetwo additional items along with those listed on part 6 of the online application: (1) which faculty member(s) are you interested in working with, and (2) what areas of research within Translational Obesity Research are you interested in pursuing?

 

Contact the Graduate School

Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (0325)

Graduate School, Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA 24061

www.graduateschool.vt.edu

540-231-6691

 

Translational Obesity Research IGEP:

http://interdisciplinary.graduateschool.vt.edu/?q=node/264

https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/obesityigep/