Special Projects in Nutrition, Obesity and Digestive Diseases : NIDDK

Special Projects in Nutrition, Obesity and Digestive Diseases

The Special Projects in Nutrition, Obesity and Digestive Diseases Program emphasizes support of patient-oriented clinical research focusing on nutrition, obesity, and digestive diseases.  Small clinical studies (pilot), single-site clinical trials, planning grants, or Phase III clinical trials may be appropriate to this program.  The small clinical studies should focus on research that is innovative and/or potentially of high impact.  They should lead to full scale clinical trials.  Phase III clinical trials usually are multi-center and involve several hundred human subjects that are randomized to two or more treatments, one of which is a placebo.  The aim of the trial is to provide evidence for support of, or a change in, health policy or standard of care.  Nutritional interventions to improve health and to treat diseased conditions are emphasized, including studies using either enteral or parenteral feeding.  The program will also include clinical trials on interventions/treatments to achieve and maintain weight loss over the long term.

Clinical trials may be funded by one of several mechanisms: a research project grant, a cooperative agreement, a planning grant, or a contract.  Please see the current program announcement for small grants for clinical trials.

For more information contact; Dr. Mary Evans, Director, Special Projects in Nutrition, Obesity, and Digestive Diseases.

NIH Divison of Nutrition Research Coordination (DNRC)

DNRC coordinates nutrition research and research training across The NIH and the Federal Government, and maintains the Human Nutrition Research Information Management database, the Nutrition Calendar and education materials.

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  • Dr. Mary Evans,
    Director, Special Projects in Nutrition, Obesity, and Digestive Diseases
  • Dr. Jay Everhart, Director of the Epidemiology and Data Systems Branch
  • Dr. Frank Hamilton, Gastrointestinal Mucosa and Immunology Program Director.
  • Dr. Stephen James, Director, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
  • Dr. Robert Karp, Director of the Genetics and Genomics Programs in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
  • Dr. Michael May, Director, Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrinology Program
  • Dr. Carolyn Miles, Director; Clinical Obesity and Nutrition Program
  • Dr. Judith Podskalny, Director, Research Fellowship & Career Development Program and Digestive Disease Centers Program
  • Dr. Patricia Robuck, Program Director for Clinical Trials in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition

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