Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Announces National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Grant to the University of Memphis

August 31, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has awarded University of Memphis a grant of $189,929 for a project titled The Impact of Stress and Resilience on Obesity-Related Metabolic Complications in Adolescents.

“Childhood obesity is a national epidemic and Tennessee’s childhood obesity rate is a staggering 38 percent.  This award will help researchers at the University of Memphis study youth obesity, its causes, and find solutions on how to reduce it,” said Congressman Cohen.

This grant will help fund important research for studying the relationship between stress and resilience in youth and how it can lead to childhood obesity.  Resilience can be defined as how one adapts to trauma, tragedy, and threats. Idia Binitie Thurston, the Director of CHANGE Lab at University of Memphis, will be leading the research project.

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