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University of Texas Southwestern Receives $1.78 Million from NIH for Obesity Research

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (GenomeWeb News) - The University of Texas Southwestern has received a three-year, $1.78 million grant for obesity research as part of the National Institutes of Health's Roadmap for Medical Research.


According to the university, a team of 24 investigators led by Gregory Fitz, the head of the Taskforce for Obesity Research at Southwestern, will examine the behavioral, metabolic and molecular mechanisms that cause obesity and metabolic syndrome. The research will focus on the brain and liver because these organs play key roles in the development of obesity and related disorders.


Jay Horton, the UT Southwestern researcher who was the principal investigator of the NIH grant, said he hopes the funding will provide a formal mechanism for investigators to come together under one umbrella to focus on solving one disease.


"Hopefully, our efforts will provide bigger steps toward understanding the metabolic processes that lead to obesity," he said.