OHDRC Pilot Project WinnersThe UAB Obesity Health Disparities Research Center, an MHRC initiative funded through the NIH and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities’ Centers of Excellence program announces its 2020 pilot project recipients. Congratulations to the investigators from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Louisiana State University Health Science Center.

 

Edwin N. Aroke, PhD, CRNA

Edwin N. Aroke, PhD, CRNA

Assistant Professor, UAB School of Nursing

Dr. Aroke’s project is entitled “Does Variation in DNA methylation explain the obesity-pain link among African Americans?”

Joseph D. Wolfe, PhD

Joseph D. Wolfe, PhD

Associate Professor, UAB Department of Sociology

Dr. Wolfe’s research asks the question “Who’s Hurt Most by Economic Shocks? Heterogeneity in the Effects of Wealth Loss on Obesity and Health in the U.S. Population, 1990 to 2016.”

Fokhrul Hossain, PhD

Fokhrul Hossain, PhD

Instructor-Research
Louisiana State University Health Science Center Department of Genetics

Dr. Hossain will investigate “Obesity and Triple Negative Breast Cancer Disparities in Louisiana.”

“The OHDRC Pilot Program facilitates emerging research ideas, explores new methodologies and approaches, and facilitates transdisciplinary research as it relates to obesity-related health disparities,” said Mona Fouad, MD, MPH, principal investigator for the Center. “This program advances the field of obesity health disparities and supports the OHDRC’s overall mission of reducing disparities in obesity.”

 

 

The UAB Obesity Health Disparities Research Center is supported by National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities under grant #U54MD000502.