NJOG has a focus on metabolic dysfunction in obesity and how it affects diseases (diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and cancer; DOCC) and a new group of faculty are meeting and discussing issues of concern. Our recent projects have addressed obesity in collaboration with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the Latino New Brunswick community, and metabolic syndrome in diverse populations within NJ and in other countries. We have also considered environmental causes of obesity by working with faculty in a wide range of disciplines at a few schools. Neuroendocrine causes of obesity, fatty acid oxidation, cardiovascular, intestinal and bone are faculty focus areas as well as mathematical modeling of body composition in obesity and weight loss are ongoing with faculty at a few universities in NJ and NY. We help to organize the annual program Pioneers in Endocrinology Workshop that is conducted each Fall at Rutgers. We also work with the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research to translate their basic work into our primary mission to prevent and treat obese patients and populations in the state and in the nation. Our meetings and collaborative discussions are important in order to lead to new directions and results.
The goals of NJOG are to support obesity-related research, organize state and national-level symposia for health care workers, educators, and the public, and our specific goal this year is to focus on: populations at risk for complications of obesity and metabolic disease and continue with our interest in providing health-related support for ethnically diverse or underprivileged and urban populations; to understand common pathways that may cause both obesity and its comorbidities. NJOG members serve the community by providing obesity-related advise, through weight loss counseling and participation in health fairs. Individuals in NJ and the Metropolitan area have gained from our programs by learning more about healthful ways to eat and lose body weight.