Comprehensive Program on Obesity

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Obesity is a complex, multifaceted, tenacious disease. These characteristics make it difficult to determine its origins and effective treatments from a societal, clinical and scientific perspective. The newly instituted NYU Langone Medical Center Comprehensive Program on Obesity will help us overcome these challenges, working across four domains: multidisciplinary research, data science, clinical care and education.

We strive to improve the understanding, treatment and management of obesity to prevent and cure the disease within one generation. We will accomplish this by creating a unique, comprehensive electronic data infrastructure—called DataBridge—to unite population health, clinical and basic science research using big data analytic techniques. These integrated data can guide us to enhance the treatment and prevention of obesity. This is the first such initiative of its kind.