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The BECR Center will facilitate new and innovative research on the application of behavioral economics theory to healthy food choice behaviors that would contribute to enhancing the nutrition, food security, and health of American consumers.- Matthew Harding, PhD
UNC is very pleased to be a part of this Center. The focus on WIC and SNAP builds on our experience with health promotion and food access among low income populations. We also look forward to collaborating with Duke colleagues on research to understand what drives our food-related decisions.- Alice Ammerman, DrPH, RD
BECR brings together experts from these two outstanding institutions to collaborate on such an important topic. I am excited to be a part of such an innovative group that will greatly impact the population's health.- Terry Hartman, MPH, MS, CCRC
Working with the newly established BECR center has felt like being a part of a movement to improve diet-related health outcomes through real innovation and out-of-the box thinking. Looking at the quality of resources and the amount of talent affiliated with BECR, I have the sense that heavy impact food policy changes are on the horizon.- Kristen Cooksey Stowers, MPP
I work with a wonderfully diverse group of people from all the fields I find most interesting: computer science, machine learning, statistics, economics, and public policy -- and I get to dabble in all of them. Research opportunities are bountiful, relevant, and challenging. What else could you want as an academic? I couldn't be happier.- Danton Noriega-Goodwin, MS, MA
A number of different units at Duke present particularly natural connections for the investigators, as well as mentoring opportunities for the post-doctoral researchers, recipients of Center grants and fellowships, graduate and undergraduate students involved with the center. For example, the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences is a premier institution for research and training in the neurological foundations of decision-making. Duke is particularly strong in the medical treatment of obesity and obesity related health conditions, from the Duke Childhood Obesity Clinic to the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. The Duke Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resilience is a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded research center, which focuses on self-regulation and addictive behaviors including eating. The Duke Global Health Institute focuses on reducing health disparities including complex health problems including obesity.
At UNC, the Nutrition Department within the Gillings School of Global Public Health are both ranked first in the nation within their respective domains. The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), directed by Ammerman, was one of the first 3 Prevention Research Centers (PRCs) funded by the CDC in what is now a national network of 26 Centers including academic, community, and public health partners that conduct applied public health research. HPDP has a strong focus on addressing food insecurity and healthy food access through a variety of innovative approaches coordinated with federal food benefits programs.