Applications of complex systems science in obesity and noncommunicable chronic disease research

Youfa Wang, Hong Xue, Layla Esposito, Michael J. Joyner, Yaneer Bar-Yam, Terry T.K. Huang

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Interest in the application of systems science (SS) to obesity and noncommunicable chronic disease (NCD) research has been growing rapidly over the past decade as the epidemic of obesity and NCDs continues to grow globally. This article summarizes the key messages of the presentations made in the special symposium "Applications of Complex Systems Science in Obesity and Noncommunicable Chronic Disease Research," held during the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2014. Invited leaders from various fields presented cutting-edge aspects of the applications of SS in public health research, with a focus on obesity and NCDs. In addition, the symposium was capped with a discussion on funding opportunities from the NIH. The speakers described the nature of SS, how it could be applied to biomedical and public health research, lessons from SS to inform obesity and NCD interventions, and the promises, challenges, and recommendations going forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)574-577
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Nutrition
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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