Our Mission

PCORI Award Support at Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Our research team is part of a national group that was approved for a five-year funding award
by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
to evaluate two treatments for children who have obesity.

Read our PCORI FAQ and visit the PCORI website for more details.

 

Mission:  The mission of this laboratory is to prevent and reduce obesity in children and adolescents through innovative, translational research and scientific advocacy.

Primary Goals:  To achieve this mission, the primary goals of this laboratory are to test the efficacy and effectiveness of technology (primarily exergames and wearable technology) to promote physical activity and to integrate these technologies into family-based weight management programs for youth.

Currently we are interested in:

  • Technology-mediated physical activity options for overweight and obese children and adolescents, especially exergames (activity-promoting video games)
  • Identifying intervention targets including facilitators and barriers of physical activity and sedentary behavior through the use of wearable technology include activity monitors, GPS trackers, and ecological momentary assessment delivered over a smartphone

This laboratory is affiliated with the Childhood Obesity & Diabetes Research Program at Pennington Biomedical and conducts research within the Translational Research Clinic for Children (TReCC).