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Children's Health & Discovery Initiative Seminar Series

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Sarah Armstrong, MD

The goal of the Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative (CHDI) is to foster multidisciplinary and innovative research that will positively impact childhood and lifelong health. Efforts in four key research focus areas (genes and biology, physical environment, social and economic factors, and health and behavior needs) will inform prevention, risk screening, and treatment, as well as provide training opportunities for the next generation of pediatrician-scientists to learn from Duke’s cadre of experts. As part of our goal of fostering multidisciplinary collaborations, the CHDI is holding seminar/brainstorming sessions, which we’ve termed “Great Minds Think for Kids”. These sessions will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from a guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership.

Details about the April seminar/brainstorming session follow:

Date: April 23, 2018
Time: 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Location: Trent Semans Center, Room 4067

Seminar Title: "A Population Approach to Childhood Obesity: Using Implementation Science and Community-Engaged Research to Solve Complex Child Health Issues"
Speaker: Sarah C. Armstrong, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Community & Family Medicine
Associate Director, Duke Center for Childhood Obesity Research
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute
Member, Duke Clinical Research Institute

Sarah Armstrong, MD, FAAP, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Community and Family Medicine, and is on faculty at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. She completed medical school at the University of Virginia, pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and clinical research methods training through the Academic Pediatric Association. In 2006, Dr. Armstrong founded the Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles program, a pediatric weight management clinic, and in 2012 founded Bull City Fit, a community-based partnership with Durham Parks and Recreation. Her research includes translational, clinical science, implementation, and mixed methods designs that aim to identify and implement effective treatments for children and teens with obesity. She is the Principal Investigator of three ongoing clinical trials investigating clinic-community partnerships, digital health, and the microbiome influences on childhood obesity. She serves as the Vice Chair for Research of Primary Care Pediatrics, Associate Director of the Duke Center for Childhood Obesity Research, co-Director for the APA’s Research Scholars Program, and Research Director for the Pediatric Obesity Weight Evaluation Registry.  She also serves on the Executive Committees of the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity. Dr. Armstrong was the 2014 recipient of the North Carolina Pediatric Association’s Outstanding Advocate for Children award, for her clinical and research efforts to reduce childhood obesity.