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New research funding on understanding obesity in Peru

Claudia Richard

The Department for Real Estate and Planning is delighted that Dr Claudia Murray and Dr Richard Nunes are co-investigators in an interdisciplinary study recently awarded by the Medical Research Council and CONCYTEC- FONDECYT. The project will be looking at understanding the origins of obesity, its implications for non-communicable diseases and whether a healthy diet can help people to overcome a genetic risk of diabetes and heart disease.

The project, Study of Obesity, Nutrition, Genes and Social factors (SONGS), will focus on young adults in Peru and is the first research of its kind to focus on the relationship between genetic factors, social indicators and other nutritional information in an upper middle income country (as defined by the OECD Development Assistance Committee). This research will complement REP’s ongoing research interests in Latin America.

Please see the University website for further information.

Claudia Murray

Research Fellow of Urban Development

Richard Nunes

Associate Professor of Planning and Sustainability
Published 12 March 2019
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