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Obesity Health Disparities Research Center

Driven to Reduce Obesity & Obesity Related Health Disparities in the Southeast

The UAB OHDRC, an MHERC initiative funded through the NIMHD’s Centers of Excellence program, supports transdisciplinary, multi-level, and multi-domain research to understand the complex contributors to obesity and obesity related health disparities.

We foster collaborative and multidisciplinary research

Investigators will study the complex contributors and interactions among biological, behavioral, and social factors related to obesity; how they vary at critical periods during life; and develop interventions to address these contributors.


We support early stage investigators

We work to increase the critical mass of independent investigators. Through our Research Education Program, we support early-stage investigators or mid-level faculty who are new to research or who want to transition to disparities research.


We join forces with our neighbors to build healthier communities

We partner with residents and stakeholders of communities to address the self-identified issues affecting their health. The partnerships’ foundation of mutual trust fosters collaboration and creates a community-driven action plan.

Community Engagement