Research Projects

Pediatric Fatty Liver Disease Research

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in children and adults worldwide and a leading reason for liver transplantation. Investigating methods for early detection and prevention of fatty liver disease in children is a public health imperative. This research will accelerate the use of non-invasive technologies to diagnose pediatric fatty liver disease and provide new information on biologic and behavioral childhood risk factors that can be bridged to clinical and public health interventions to reduce fatty liver disease.

First 1000 Days Study

Childhood obesity is a chronic disease of pandemic proportion that leads to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and curtailed life span. This research seeks to develop and test the feasibility of clinical intervention components targeting the first 1,000 days – the period from conception to age two years – to prevent development of childhood obesity.