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Programs and Leadership
UCLA Center for Human Nutrition is organized around five program areas:
Research, such as the Clinical Nutrition Research Unit, which
is investigating the relationship of diet, exercise, and obesity to
common forms of cancer including breast, prostate, and colon. Extensive
clinical and basic research programs on the etiology, treatment, and
prevention of obesity throughout the life cycle are underway with the
support of the NIH Nutrition and Obesity Training Program and the clinical
research programs of the University Obesity Center supported from non-governmental
sources. New initiatives in phytochemical research hold great promise
for the prevention and treatment of common diseases, including those
associated with aging.
such as the University Obesity Center which treats 200 patients per
week; the Nutritional Medicine Center which consults on many different
types of patients referred from throughout UCLA Medical Center; the
KidShape adolescent obesity program; and the Gastric Surgery for Obesity
Program which saves the lives of morbidly obese patients.
Information and Outreach Programs,
including evening seminars, cooking and exercise classes, and behavioral
programs for healthier nutrition and lifestyle;
such as the medical school curriculum program, the postdoctoral
nutrition training program, residency training programs, public health
nutrition training for dietitians, and continuing medical education
programs for community primary care physicians.
including academic and research relationships with outstanding institutions
in Egypt, Israel, China, East Africa, and other global locations (see
directions for the Center for Human Nutrition include gene-nutrient interaction,
a nutrition information system, dietary intervention, bioengineered foods
for the 21st century, and the impact on health of non-nutrient
components of foods. The programmatic focus continues to be on obesity,
menís health with emphasis on prostate cancer, womenís health with emphasis
on breast cancer, pushing the frontiers of interdisciplinary research
in nutritional sciences, and education for the public and for health professionals.
Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA also will collaborate with international
and community nutrition projects and programs administered through the
School of Public Health. Among them are the Executive Secretariat Office
of the International Union of Nutritional sciences, USAID National Food
Consumption Monitoring System, NCI African American Women Fight Cancer
with Fitness, NCI diet Intervention in Low-Income Women, UC Pacific Rim
ProgramóDietary Changes Accompanying Immigration in Koreans and Korean
Americans, and NIH International Fogarty Training Program.
leadership of the Center for Human Nutrition includes:
Heber, M.D., Ph.D., Director and Professor of Medicine
and Public Health. Dr. Heber is one of only 300 physicians board-certified
in Clinical Nutrition. He is also a board-certified Internist and Endocrinologist
who directs the Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of
Medicine and serves as a Director of the American Board of Nutrition.
He is internationally recognized in the areas of nutrition and cancer
prevention and treatment and in the treatment of obesity.
Liang W. Go, M.D., Associate Director, Center for Nutrition
Research and Education and Professor of Medicine. Dr. Go is
the former Director of Nutrition at the NIHís National Institute of
Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the former Executive
Chair of Medicine at UCLA, and a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) in Nutrition. Dr. Go is a Gastroenterologist, Editor of the journal
Pancreas, and an international authority on the brain-gut connection
in nutrition, especially with regard to gut hormones.
Harrison, Ph.D., R.D., Associate Director for International
and Public Health Nutrition and Professor of Public Health. Dr.
Harrison is a former member of the Food and Nutrition Board of the National
Academy of Sciences, the current Chair of the Department of Community
Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, and President of the
Society for International Nutrition Research of the American Institute
Vision and Objectives
Organization, Programs and Leadership
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