Nutrition-related Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Prevention Training in China

This project focuses on capacity building related to large-scale program and policy analysis in the nutrition-related noncommunicable disease (NR-NCD) area. The primary focus of this research training and related institutional development is on issues linked with dietary and physical activity patterns and preventing obesity and the related comorbidities. The goal is to increase the depth and quality of research training and institutional capability related to these critical health issues. This type of training and research focus is missing in China's health sector. The project's collaborators are at the major Chinese institutions that are in a position to have an impact on program and policy changes related to NR-NCDs at the national level. UNC advisors and trainers with expertise in nutrition, economics, urban planning, anthropology, mass communications, health economics, genetics, and social medicine are helping to strengthen the research training related to macro policy research and implementation and related programmatic issues. This project also is helping strengthen capabilities at the national, provincial, and megacity level to enhance current research monitoring of dietary changes and the key policy factors impacting them and to undertake better randomized controlled trials of program and policy options. The training agenda is being conducted with the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This project supports two long-term predoctoral trainees and three medium-term postdoctoral trainees each year, four short-term trainees in years 1-2, and three short-term trainees in year 3. The short-term trainees include scholars, researchers, and staff.

Principal Investigator: Barry M. Popkin

Funding Source: NIH FIC

Grant Number: D43TW009077-Fogarty

Funding Period: 8/15/2011 - 7/31/2017

Primary Research Area: Population Health

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