Vanderbilt Institute for Obesity & Metabolism

Vanderbilt Institute for Obesity & Metabolism

About Us

The Vanderbilt Institute for Obesity and Metabolism was created in 2008, under the direction of Roger Cone, PhD., Professor and Chair of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. The VIOM provides opportunities for synergy and collaboration among basic scientists, clinicians, and public health professionals at Vanderbilt and its community partners. Another key role of the Obesity Program is to provide a base of expertise for public (community) education, policy development and advocacy.

• To develop the nation’s leading comprehensive obesity research program addressing the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of obesity and obesity-related disease;

• To coordinate and facilitate obesity research and education on the etiology, consequences, treatment and prevention of obesity;

• To enhance the development of new research efforts based on areas of greatest scientific opportunity and challenge, accelerating progress in obesity research.

This interdisciplinary program involves participating faculty from Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Genetics, Nutrition, Medicine and Public Health, Cardiology, Pediatrics, Cancer, Diabetes, Surgery, Psychiatry, Psychology, Neuro-ImagingSchool of Nursing, Health Economics, Employee Health & Wellness, Biostatistics and Informatics.

Roger D. Cone, Ph.D., Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Obesity and Metabolism.  Elected to National Academy of Sciences 2010

Roger D. Cone, PhD,  Director, Vanderbilt

Institute for Obesity and Metabolism.  Elected to National Academy of Sciences 2010

VIOM Faculty submit TIPS proposal for expanded education and outreach.  VIOM faculty propose a Vanderbilt Reinvestment Award initiative to change the way scholars and medical professionals work to reduce the nations burden of disease resulting from the obesity epidemic.  Three proposed outcomes:  1) creation of the Vanderbilt Trans-disciplinary Forum on Obesity; 2) develop resources to address obesity with patients accessing the health care system; and 3) develop and run an annual Vanderbilt Nutrition and Fitness Expo, in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Health, the Governor's Foundation for Health and Wellness, and the Tennessee Obesity Task Force.

Alice Randall
Writer-in-ResidenceAlice Randall, Writer in Residence