Persuading people to lead healthier lifestyles is crucial. But an understanding of the rather murky biological links between obesity and its health-endangering consequences is also urgently needed to create more-effective medical treatments and preventive measures. Public health needs bench science to help control such a population-wide epidemic, and scientists at HSPH have been dissecting some of the key biological circuits through which obesity and high-fat and high-carbohydrate foods do their mischief.
July 3, 2008
Through a major research initiative at the National Institutes of Health, Harvard has received substantial new funding to create a Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC). The five-year award is intended to accelerate the translation of research findings from bench to clinical application and from theory to community application. Harvard Medical School will be the lead institution and Harvard's teaching hospitals, the School of Public Health, and several other schools will have substantial roles. HSPH faculty will have important tasks in the development of the biostatistical science program (BSP), training of clinical/translational scientists, and community-based participatory research.