Nutrition is integral to the prevention and treatment of disease as well as for health promotion. However, gaps in knowledge remain and reflect the fact that relationships between food, nutrition, health, and disease are extremely complex. The first NIH-wide Strategic Plan for Nutrition Research emphasizes cross-cutting, innovative opportunities to advance nutrition research over the next decade. These opportunities complement and enhance ongoing research efforts across NIH to improve health and to prevent or combat diseases and conditions affected by nutrition, including obesity. The Strategic Plan for NIH Nutrition Research is composed of seven dovetailing themes. Because nutrition and obesity are integrally related, many of the research needs identified within each Theme have direct implications for obesity research. For example, the first theme outlines priorities for filling in missing molecular details within all processes involved in nutrition, along with the drivers and pathways involved in eating and drinking behaviors, and how various biological, environmental, psychological, and sociocultural factors modify them. Addressing these priorities could provide critical insights for obesity prevention and treatment. This presentation will highlight the priorities of the Strategic Plan, that if addressed, will accelerate discovery in both nutrition and obesity research, ultimately improving public health.
NIH’s Nutrition Research Strategic Plan - Implications for Obesity Research
Christopher J Lynch, PhD