UNL Wins $11.3 Million Innovative Obesity Research Grant

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The University of Nebraska, Lincoln has earned an $11.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a research center focused on understanding nutrition and obesity at the molecular level.

The five-year grant from NIH's Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program will support the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules, or NPOD.

The long-term goal of the grant is to become a leader in the prevention of obesity and obesity-related diseases, including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

But what does this mean for Nebraskans?

UNL Professor of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Janos Zempleni, says because Nebraska is one of the largest food producers in the United States, their research will focus on nutrition and food production here in the state.

"This new center puts UNL at the cutting edge of new research to preventing obesity-related diseases. It also provides resources for expanding our faculty and facilities," said Prem Paul, UNL Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.