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Second finalist for founding director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute to present


BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 16, 2009 – James O. Hill, professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver, and director of the National Institutes of Health-funded Center for Human Nutrition, will present a seminar Thursday, Nov. 19, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Fralin Life Science Institute auditorium.

Hill is a finalist for founding director of the research institute with the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute (VTC), located in Roanoke, Va.

His seminar will be on "Addressing Obesity: Taking advantage of a big problem," and he will also briefly present his vision for the VTC partnership. There will be a live link to the presentation. (The site will be blank until the time of the presentation.)

Hill has served on numerous government panels, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Taskforce on the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity. He chaired the World Health Organization Consultation on Obesity in 1998, is past president of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, and a current regional vice-president of the International Association for the Study of Obesity.

He was also a member of the Expert Panel on Obesity of the National Institutes of Health that developed U.S guidelines for the treatment and prevention of obesity. He chairs the Partnership to Promote Healthy Eating and Active Living and is a member of several other professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, the American Society of Nutrition Sciences, the American Physiological Society, and the American College of Sports Medicine. His awards include the NIH MERIT award.

Hill has published more than 350 scientific articles and book chapters in the area of obesity, and is the author of the Step Diet Book. He is a co-founder of America on the Move, a national weight gain prevention initiative that aims to inspire Americans to make small changes in how much they eat and how much they move to prevent weight gain. Hill is leading an effort in Denver to make that community the healthiest in the United States.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee, and a Master of Science degree and Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire in physiological psychology.

"The research institute director will provide leadership for the institute, with responsibility for development of a research strategy, recruitment of research teams, development of collaborative translational research programs, and integration of the institute with existing Virginia Tech research programs, the new school of medicine, and with Carilion Clinic," said Dennis Dean, acting director of the research institute and director of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute at Virginia Tech.

VTC joins the basic science, life science, bioinformatics, and engineering strengths of Virginia Tech with the medical practice and medical education experience of Carilion Clinic. The research institute creates a bridge between basic science research at Virginia Tech and clinical expertise at Carilion Clinic and increases translational research opportunities for both partners. VTC is located in Roanoke adjacent to Carilion Clinic, in a new biomedical health sciences campus. Learn more online.

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