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USC Officials Attend Obesity Workshop

Friday, January 4, 2008

A workshop on childhood obesity with National Institutes of Health officials in December brought a raft of USC researchers to Washington, D.C., from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the USC Davis School of Gerontology and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

The workshop was organized by Steven Moldin, executive director of USC’s Washington, D.C., Office of Research Advancement.

Michael Goran, Michele Kipke, Mary-Ann Prentz, Richard Simerly and Richard Watanabe represented the Keck School. Thomas D. Parsons came from the USC Davis School, and Murali Annavaram and Michael Khoo represented USC Viterbi.

“Obesity is a major public health problem and USC has taken a national leadership role in this area,” Moldin said. “Having the workshop in Washington allowed us to maximize the attendance of NIH staff who are directing and funding obesity research. Establishing these kinds of connections – and enhancing the visibility of USC research – are key to the long-term sustainability of our biomedical research programs.”

While in Washington, the Keck faculty members also met with the staffs of California representatives Hilda Solis and Michael Honda.




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