Baptist Health Foundation has continued its long-term support of UT Health San Antonio by giving a $1 million Strategic to Mission grant to fund a research team’s investigation into causes of childhood obesity.
The study is unique in its focus on children, who are usually overlooked in obesity and diabetes research. Researchers hope to test certain genetic markers that might predispose children toward obesity and early insulin resistance. The data gathered from this study could have a strong impact on the health of Texas children. Dr. Lily Q. Dong, PhD, professor of cell systems and anatomy at UT Health San Antonio, will be leading the research.
“We’re honored to fund a collaboration allowing Dr. Dong to move forward on this important research for children,” said Cody Knowlton, President and CEO of Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio. “We look forward to the study results and the impact they will have for so many children who are at risk for diabetes. This study will make a difference in a critical area of health, and is an exciting prospect for our Christ-centered foundation, which is focused on improving health while honoring our God and our Baptist heritage.”
For more information on this study, please visit: https://news.uthscsa.edu/ut-health-san-antonio-research-team-tackles-childhood-obesity-with-five-year-1-million-grant-from-baptist-health-foundation/.