JACKSON, MISS– The University of Mississippi Medical Center has received a record grant for $19.9 million dollars over the next five years.
The money is designated for obesity research, UMMC announced.
The National Institutes of Health will fund the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR.) Supported by the NIH’s Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, the CCTR’s mission will be the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of obesity and related health conditions.
“Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the United States,” said Dr. James Wilson, professor of physiology and biophysics and the project’s lead investigator.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 35 percent of Mississippi adults are obese.