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GIM Assistant Professor Kimberly Gudzune, MD, MPH, has been granted a five-year Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute entitled “Reducing Obesity among Public Housing Residents: An Ecological Approach.” Dr. Gudzune joined the GIM faculty in 2012 after completing her GIM Fellowship at Hopkins.
Dr. Gudzune describes her project and its aims thus: “Public housing residents are disproportionately affected by obesity and cardiovascular disease, which may be related to their neighborhoods’ social network structure. We need to understand how an individual’s social network influences diet, eating habits and exercise in this population. We will ultimately use this knowledge to design a program that uses social networks to facilitate healthy lifestyle changes among public housing residents to reduce the prevalence of obesity and cardiovascular disease.”
Congratulations, Dr. Gudzune!