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Ejima receives research grant from TANITA Healthy Weight Community Trust

November 10, 2014

Keisuke Ejima, PhD

Keisuke Ejima, PhD, post-doctoral fellow in the Office of Energetics, recently received a research grant from the TANITA Healthy Weight Community Trust, which was established to “promote scientific studies and practical educational activities with the goal to eliminate obesity and encourage people to maintain optimal weight/body composition.” Each year, the trust provides grants to eight selected projects worldwide.

The objective of the research is to identify the area of the United States where obesity is most prevalent, thereby making interventions most crucial. This is accomplished using spatio-temporal epidemiology. Additionally, a mathematical model is to be developed for use in predicting the future prevalence of obesity in the US.

Dr. Ejima received his doctorate in Information Science and Technology from the University of Tokyo in March 2014. He joined UAB’s Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (NORC) and Office of Energetics in September 2014. His research interest is to understand the obesity epidemic with mathematical model, and his post-doctoral research will focus on quantification of the impact of vertical transmission of obesity on demography and quantification of the transmission potential of obesity based on the empirical data.