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USC receives $7.5M for Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Minority Health
Date:9/24/2007

Los Angeles, Calif., Sept. 24, 2007 In an effort to stem the rise of childhood obesity and related health risks, the University of Southern California (USC) has received a $7.5 million grant to launch a Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Minority Health. This is USCs first major grant from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), which is a part of the National Institutes of Health.

The focus of the center is to understand why obesity and associated factors increase the risk for certain diseases among minority populations. Directed by Michael Goran, Ph.D., professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the center will focus on reducing the risk for type 2-diabetes and cardiovascular disease within these populations.

Obese children have gained incredible national attention as of late. Recent data have shown that 34 percent of Hispanic adolescents and 37 percent of African-American adolescents are considered at risk of being overweight, says Goran. The new center for minority health is a collaborative effort between USC and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles to research and develop preventive strategies to offset the obesity epidemic.

The USC Comprehensive Center of Excellence in Minority Health is one of 13 institutions across the country supported by NCMHD to conduct research exploring the multiple and complex factors contributing to minority health disparities. The center will consist of programs designed to analyze fitness activity, nutrition education and body weight to determine if long-term control of obesity and obesity-related diseases in minority children can be addressed before adulthood.

We are very pleased to see that Michael Goran has been awarded this grant. His commitment and dedication to childhood obesity research continuously contribute to better management of this condition, says Brian Henderson, M.D., dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. We
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Contact: Jennifer Chan
chanj@usc.edu
323-442-2830
University of Southern California
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