$3.7 Million American Heart Association Grant to Johns Hopkins Obesity Center

Jeanne Clark, MD, MPH, Research Team Principal Investigator, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

“We are excited to be one of the four centers chosen to evaluate obesity in a comprehensive way using basic science, clinical research and population health techniques, and to train a new group of researchers focused on this area. We look forward to working with the American Heart Association and the other centers to find new answers to this problem that affects more than a third of U.S. adults and a growing number of our children,” says Jeanne Clark, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine and the research team’s principal investigator.

The Johns Hopkins research team received a major grant for a center focused on obesity in the latest of the American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Networks. These $15 million networks focus on specific health issues, with research teams collaborating across numerous universities; the focus of this American Heart Association Network is obesity. Each center receives a $3.7 million, four-year research award. Johns Hopkins proposal evaluates the role of time-restricted feeding on obesity and cardiometabolic health.”

“The research team at Johns Hopkins will test if when we eat causes obesity and metabolic syndrome, not just what and how much we eat. We will be trying to answer the critically important but straightforward question of whether — and, if so, why — eating at night is bad for you in terms of weight gain and metabolism,” The research is crucial because nearly 70 percent of American adults are overweight or obese. If current trends continue, total health care costs attributable to obesity could reach up to $957 billion by 2030, accounting for 16 to 18 percent of the country’s health expenditures.