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Youfa Wang

Youfa Wang

Director
Systems-oriented Global Childhood Obesity Intervention Program
University at Buffalo
USA

Biography

Youfa Wang, MD, PhD, MS, is Professor of Epidemiology, Environmental Health and Pediatrics, Director of the Systems-oriented Global Childhood Obesity Intervention Program at University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and Adjunct Professor in Johns Hopkins University and Peking University School of Public Health. Before joined UB he was the founding Director of the Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity, and was Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University. His research interests focus on nutritional epidemiology, obesity, non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs), and health disparities. As an internationally-known expert, he has over 160 publications including over 130 peer-reviewed papers. His work is widely cited, eg, some papers >1000 times. Dr. Wang\\\'s research has been funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Agriculture, and other funding agencies. He is the principal investigator or a key investigator of over 10 ongoing research projects in the US, China and other international settings. As the PI, over the past 12 years, he has secured about $23 million NIH research grants. Dr. Wang has served on numerous national and international expert panels, review committees and leadership positions, including over 20 NIH and CDC grant review committees, a WHO Expert Committee to help develop a new international growth standard, the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF). He also serves as a United Nations (UN) consultant, and as a member of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) Task-Force on Diet, Nutrition and Long-term Health for the Quadrennium, 2005-2009. He was a Councilor of The Obesity Society (TOS) Pediatric Obesity Section, a member of TOS Annual Meeting Program Committee, and the Chair of the Nutrition Epidemiology Section of the American Society for Nutrition. He is an associate editor for four international scientific journals.

Research Interest

Nutritional epidemiology, obesity, non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs), and health disparities