Obesity is one of the most complex public health problems facing the nation and world today. Significant progress has been made in basic science discoveries related to the regulation of energy balance. However, there is little information available regarding the clinical relevance of many basic science discoveries. Furthermore, little progress has been made in implementing effective obesity prevention and treatment programs on a broad scale to have a positive public health impact.


Thus, this innovative interdisciplinary research center was created to establish collaborations with scientists to tackle the complex societal problem of obesity.


The Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center 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 (basic science to practice, policy and practice implementation; or type 1 to 4 research translation). Our goal is 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.


Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center has developed the following research, training, and outreach objectives:

  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

Our vision is unique among existing centers and provides a resource for researchers, students, and community members. Please spend some time and look around the website. If you have any questions, comments, thoughts or ideas please contact us using the contact information.


~ Dr. Kevin Davy, professor of Human, Nutrition, Foods & Exercise, and director of the Fralin Translational Obesity Research Center


Director Contact:


Dr. Kevin Davy

Professor, Human Nutrition, Foods, & Exercise

(540) 231-3487