Associate Professor Andreas Stahl, Metabolic Nutritional Biologist, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley
Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States and the burden of chronic disorders is rapidly increasing world-wide including in developing countries. The vast majority of these chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes are linked to obesity and dysregulation of metabolic systems. Thus, while being widespread and costly, they are inherently preventable. We need an integrated, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive approach to diet and nutrition related diseases that combines basic research with preclinical and clinical studies, prevention and intervention oriented translation, as well as education and outreach efforts. UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources has a unique opportunity to take the lead in addressing these challenges and bring together these disparate pieces in a synergistic whole by creating a Center for Metabolic Health and Disease. The vision is to become a central institution that would facilitate exchange of ideas, foster interdisciplinary research, support training, and advance the translation of ideas from bench to community.