Funding sources for Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day

The concept for an annual, regional symposium dedicated to highlighting research on the relationship between obesity and diabetes grew out of the complementary research of centers and departments within the College of Medicine that are funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and/or private funding. The following NIH-supported grants, departments or centers of research and training contributed to the support and development of the Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day.

NIH Grants

The Center of Research in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease is supported by a $11.3 million, five-year award (P20 GM103527) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), which is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As one of the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), it was created at the University of Kentucky to identify mechanisms linking the epidemic of obesity to the high incidence of cardiovascular diseases in the obese population. This research focus is used as a platform to develop promising junior investigators who serve as principal investigators on research projects that address timely and significant questions related to obesity and cardiovascular disease. As part of the mentoring activities for supported investigators of the Center, and to promote and/or facilitate relevant research, the Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day will include presentations by supported researchers within the program. In addition, research cores of the Center will be highlighted to facilitate and/or expand research capabilities by participating investigators in the areas of obesity and diabetes.

The NIH T32 Training Grant Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences: Multidisciplinary Approaches for Metabolic Disease T32DK007778 housed in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences is in its 17th year of funding from the National Institutes of Health Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Institute. This training grant supporting pre-doctoral trainees, seeks to prepare biomedical scientists for research focused on pharmacological and nutritional approaches to prevent and treat metabolic-based disorders. Trainees within this program will participate in the Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day as session chairs, and through poster/podium presentations. A major purpose will be to allow trainees to interact with visiting and local scientists and obtain constructive feedback enhancing their research.

Centers and Departments 

The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes & Obesity Center at the University of Kentucky coordinates efforts across the many diverse academic and scientific units engaged in diabetes and obesity research and clinical care. The Center’s focus includes the causes of diabetes, diabetes treatments and clinical care of diabetes complications, public health implications of and potential strategies to combat diabetes and obesity. The Barnstable Brown family has made the Center the sole beneficiary of proceeds from the Barnstable Brown Gala held prior to the Kentucky Derby. The commitment of proceeds from the Gala has greatly facilitated research and clinical care related to obesity and diabetes. Investigators of the Center will participate in all aspects of the Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day. 

The Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky houses many divisions including the Divisions ofEndocrinology and Gastroenterology, essential to patient care and important in research targeted at prevention and/or treatment of obesity and diabetes. Physicians and basic scientists of the Department will participate in all aspects of the Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day, and will be a valuable resource for participating investigators to translate research findings towards improved patient care.  

The Division of Nutritional Sciences in the Department of Pharmacology & Nutritional Sciences at the University of Kentucky focuses on nutrition and its impact on chronic diseases, with an emphasis on obesity and diabetes. The division offers masters and doctoral degrees in nutritional sciences, and also contributes to medical education in nutrition. The division was recently rated as one of six programs at the university ranked in the top 25% of all nutrition doctoral programs by the National Research Council. Nutritional Sciences trainees and investigators will participate in all aspects of the Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day.