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Fobian is recipient of NCRP Summer 2015 Mentored Clinical & Population Research Award

December 27, 2015

Aaron Davis Fobian, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), is the recipient of a NCRP Summer 2015 Mentored Clinical & Population Research Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for the project titled “A Sleep and Media Use Intervention to Improve Adolescents Weight and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease.”

The proposed randomized controlled study seeks to evaluate the effects of a sleep and media (such as television and cell phone) use intervention on quality of sleep, sensitivity to insulin and ghrelin, body mass, and sleep duration and biomarkers experienced by 15- to 17-year-old obese adolescents at baseline and at three months in order to offer early intervention into reducing cardiovascular risk factors linked to obesity. Participants will be randomized in to two groups: 1) sleep intervention (aimed at increasing sleep and decreasing media use); or 2) study skills (control). As it will be the first pediatric trial to measure the results of a four-week intervention, the study has the potential to provide more effectual obesity treatments in addition to addressing the substantial disparity in the literature on the link between sleep and obesity.

Dr. Fobian’s successful pursuit of funding was greatly assisted by her attendance at UAB’s 2015 “Biguan,” which offered support in a unique retreat environment that allowed each attendee to focus on a single project while experiencing protected time and limited distractions. As an integral part of the array of resources offered to maximize the likelihood of producing a competitive application, she and the select few other participants received input from coaches on developing and writing proposals, in addition to having access to graphic artists, statisticians, and business officers to assist with grant budgets.