Research into Childhood Obesity


Obesity, Mental Health and Lifestyle in Adolescents

Dr Kathryn Parkinson

Newcastle University

Consumption of energy drinks by children and young people: a rapid review examining evidence of physical effects and consumer attitudes

Dr Shelina Visram et al

Durham and Teesside Universities


Epigenetic Programming of Childhood Obesity

Dr Caroline Relton

Paediatric & Lifecourse Epidemiology Research Group. Newcastle University

£17,546 awarded.

This project grant initiated research into the role of epigenetic variation in childhood obesity and was pivotal in providing resources to generate pilot data to secure further research funding. This was initially in the form of a BBSRC New Investigator Award but this in turn fuelled a considerable portfolio of research in epigenetic epidemiology which has become a major research focus (current and previous research income in this field as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator now exceeds £50M).



Childhood Obesity Outreach Activities

Dr Caroline Relton

£2,629 awarded.

This small project grant funded the development and delivery of outreach materials to measure anthropometry, diet and lifestyle characteristics in school age children who were participants in the established North Cumbria Community Genetics Project (NCCGP).
The project was very successful in engaging the study participants and their parents, to raise awareness of the NCCGP and of issues relating to childhood obesity. The outreach materials were enthusiastically received by the school staff and were incorporated into the curriculum for ensuing year groups.
Re-engagement of the NCCGP cohort gave substantial impetus to an MD project undertaken in the same children by a paediatric dermatologist.
MD Thesis Sara Brown. The role of filaggrin mutations in childhood atopic eczema