• MCOR – Leading Mississippi’s Efforts Against Obesity

    The Mississippi Center for Obesity Research, located at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, is at the forefront our state’s efforts to develop a better understanding of the science underlying obesity and to translate discoveries into specific prevention and treatment methods for obesity and related conditions in adults and children.
     
    MCOR is also the centerpiece of an aggressive, coordinated strategy to bring together researchers, health-care providers, state and local governments, business leaders and community groups to provide solutions to the obesity epidemic in Mississippi. 

     

    Why is UMMC leading this effort?

    As the state’s only academic health science center, UMMC shares the responsibility to address this challenge. The prevalence of obesity in Mississippi makes the state a living laboratory for research on obesity and related metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. UMMC has an established base of scientists and physicians who have been studying obesity and the negative health effects that flow from it, especially the disproportionate effect obesity has on minority populations.

    Obesity has become the most important threat to the health of Mississippians and if left unchecked will overwhelm our health-care system. Without action, what is now a ripple effect of negative health consequences will become a tidal wave of disease, disability and premature death.

    We recognize the problem. We have a strategy to address it. What we need is the collective will to respond to this quiet crisis. Please join us.  

    The Mississippi Center for Obesity Research (MCOR) will:

    • Assemble a strong, multidisciplinary team of basic, clinical and population scientists in obesity, diabetes and related biomedical research.
     Dr John Hall - Obesity Research
    Dr. Jusssaro do Carmo (left) and Dr. John Hall (right) are conducting research on the hormone leptin which is released by fat cells and a major regulator of appetite and body weight. The mouse in Dr. Hall’s hand has a deficiency of leptin which causes increased appetite, decreased metabolism and extreme obesity. 

     

    • Translate results from basic research into programs that prevent and treat obesity-related diseases. 

    • Educate and train the next generation of researchers and clinicians.

    • Equip health-care professionals, teachers, community leaders and the general public with the knowledge to help prevent obesity.

    • Stimulate economic growth by cutting costs of treating obesity and related diseases and creating a healthier work force for today and tomorrow.