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Obesity Research

Hopkins GIM encourages applicants who would like a post-doctoral fellowship with a special emphasis on obesity research.  At Johns Hopkins, the GIM Division is home to a critical mass of multidisciplinary researchers who study obesity and related conditions (e.g., type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, and cancer risk) from a variety of perspectives, including epidemiology, prevention, clinical trials, community-based projects, and health services research. In addition to regular GIM Fellowship conferences, there is a weekly journal club/research conference on obesity to brainstorm new ideas for research and keep fellows up-to-date.

Several Hopkins GIM faculty members conduct obesity-related research. A list of these faculty members and their specific areas of interest is available on the Obesity Research page in the Research section of the GIM website.

In addition, there are established collaborations with other Divisions of the Department of Medicine (Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary), other departments within the School of Medicine (OB/Gyn, Pathology, Radiology, Surgery), and with the School of Public Health (Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management and Human Nutrition) and the School of Nursing.

Projects for GIM Fellows with a special emphasis in Obesity Research might include:

  • Ancillary studies or subsidiary analyses to ongoing or recently completed clinical weight loss trials including:
    -Achieving Healthy Lifestyles in Psych Rehabilitation (ACHIEVE)
    -Diabetes Prevention Program and Outcomes Study (DPP and DPPOS)
    -Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes)
    -Weight Loss Maintenance
  • Epidemiologic studies using public use databases (such as NHANES)
  • Health services research using administrative databases
  • Original studies in primary care practices affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Meta-analyses of published articles; Evidence-based practice reviews

Applicants interested in obesity research should specify this interest in the cover letter of the application for the General Internal Medicine Fellowship.

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