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Dr. Ramirez named to scientific panel on childhood obesity

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2012 · Volume: XLV · Issue: 4


Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research, also is associate director of health disparities at the UT Health Science Center’s Cancer Therapy & Research Center.
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Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research, also is associate director of health disparities at the UT Health Science Center’s Cancer Therapy & Research Center.clear graphic

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SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 15, 2012) — Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H., director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been named to a prestigious panel of external advisers for the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR).

NCCOR brings together four of the nation’s leading research funders — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — to accelerate progress toward reduce the problem of childhood obesity in America.
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Promoting research on childhood obesity
The organization seeks to maximize research outcomes, build capacity for research, support mechanisms to research translation and dissemination, and more.

The new NCCOR External Scientific Panel (NESP) will advise NCCOR on its overall direction and provide guidance and assistance on specific projects and initiatives, which include:
  • updating on new science and ideas;
  • informing about connections to extramural research, practice and policy; and
  • contributing to ongoing refinement of NCCOR’s strategic plan.
“I am excited to help increase NCCOR’s usefulness and benefits to the public and academics,” Dr. Ramirez said. “I hope to bring attention to the obesity epidemic among Latino children, who are part of the largest, fastest-growing racial/ethnic minority groups and struggle with disproportionately high obesity rates and related health problems.”

Dr. Ramirez, who also is associate director of health disparities at the Health Science Center’s Cancer Therapy & Research Center, directs Salud America!, an RWJF-funded national research network targeting Latino childhood obesity.

In the past 30 years, Dr. Ramirez also has directed dozens of other research programs focused on human and organizational communication to reduce Latino cancer and chronic diseases via risk factor studies, clinical trials and healthy lifestyle changes. Her projects have led to unique health communication models and interventions that have contributed to reducing Latino cancer rates and increasing screening and preventive health behaviors.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving federal funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled $231 million in fiscal year 2011. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced approximately 26,000 graduates. The $744 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

The Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio investigates the causes and solutions to the unequal impact of cancer and chronic disease among certain populations, including Latinos, in San Antonio, South Texas and the nation. The IHPR, founded in 2006, uses evidence-guided research, training and community outreach to improve the health of those at a disadvantage due to race/ethnicity or social determinants, such as education or income. Visit the IHPR online at http://ihpr.uthscsa.edu or follow its blog at http://www.saludtoday.com/blog.

 
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