The MCCTR's Professional Development Core provides extensive training and resources to foster the growth of Mississippi's next generation of obesity investigators and to increase their number, diversity, and success. The Professional Development Core oversees five programs: the Investigator Development Program, Mentor Academy, Community Engaged Research Institute, Community Engaged Research Working Group, and a Seminar Series. These programs aim to create a rich intellectual environment, promote investigator interactions, and provide targeted research investments to increase research collaboration among CCTR investigators from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines, and to foster the development of young, obesity-focused investigators with sustained, independent extramural funding.
John E. Hall, PhD, Professional Development Core Co-Leader
Dr. Hall is the Arthur C. Guyton Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UMMC and the director of the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research.
Daniel W. Jones, MD, Professional Development Core Co-Leader
Dr. Jones is the director of Clinical and Population Science, Mississippi Center for Obesity Research; Professor of Medicine and Physiology; Interim Chair, Department of Medicine at UMMC; and Sanderson Chair in Obesity, Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition.
Kathy Yadrick, PhD, Director of the Community Engaged Research Institute and Working Group, Principal Investigator for USM site
Dr. Yadrick is Associate Dean for Research and Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Sandra Hayes, DrPh, Principal Investigator for Tougaloo site
Dr. Hayes is the executive director of the Owens Health and Wellness Center at Tougaloo College.
Jennifer Robinson, PhD, Assistant Director of the Community Engaged Research Institute and Working Group
Dr. Robinson is Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship in the School of Nursing at UMMC.
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