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The USC Childhood Obesity Research Center (CORC) is a collaborative effort between USC and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles that strives to maintain and further build our position as one of the nation’s leading research teams addressing childhood obesity. The center, under the direction of Dr. Michael I Goran, strives to understand childhood obesity and its related conditions, to examine its relationship to minority health, and to develop novel strategies for prevention and treatment.

The CORC aims to facilitate research interaction across the University, its affiliates and beyond, by working closely with the administration of USC, the Keck School of Medicine and CHLA to create and support shared resources critical to our research questions. A major goal is to provide an environment that will maximize interactions, support research infrastructure and create new opportunities in our efforts to understand, treat, and prevent childhood obesity and its related conditions.

It is widely known that the problem of childhood obesity requires a “team approach” including collaborative efforts across non-traditional boundaries. Simply stated, in order to design new and effective interventions, we must further understand the underlying mechanisms at both the basic and behavioral level and based on this understanding create and implement the most effective intervention methods. By combining efforts across disciplines, from the level of basic science to clinical and applied studies, we can truly span from laboratory to the community.

For further information on the Childhood Obesity Research Center, please contact Christina Ayala at trujillc@usc.edu or 323.442.2500.

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