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Systems Science Applications in Childhood Obesity Research: Current Status and Future Directions

Patricia Mabry, Ph.D.
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
National Institutes of Health

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
12:15-1:15pm EDT
Becton Dickinson Hall (W1020)
615 N. Wolfe St. Baltimore, MD 21205


Summary: Systems science applicantions to obesity research will be highlighted. Special attention will be paid to policy relevant examples. Projects from the Envision modeling network of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research will be featured. Future directions for systems science applications in obesity research will be proposed and relevant NIH funding opportunities will be presented.

Dr. Mabry is the Acting Deputy Director and a Senior Advisor in the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she is facilitating the emergence of a new field that integrates systems science with health-related behavioral and social science research. Dr. Mabry has led the issuance of funding opportunity announcements in systems science and produced the Institute on Systems Science and Health (ISSH). She is the Guest Editor of an upcoming supplement of Health Education and Behavior on Systems Science Application in Health Promotion and Public Health (anticipated October 2013). She co-leads Envision, a network of computational modeling teams focused on policy interventions to combat obesity. Dr. Mabry has published on tobacco control, interdisciplinary research, and systems science in the Lancet, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the American Journal of Public Health and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. She was a member of the team that received the Applied Systems Thinking Prize in 2008, and is a Society of Behavioral Medicine Fellow. Her full biography is at


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